SEATTLE – Forward Paolo Guerrero’s diving header accounted for the lone goal in Peru’s 1-0 victory over Haiti at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.
Guerrero timed his header perfectly to connect with Edison Flores’ cross into the box. The striker’s 27th international goal made him Peru’s all-time leading goal scorer.
The feisty Haitian side, ranked 71st in the world, almost tied the match in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Substitute Kernes Belfort sent his header off a free kick wide of the right post.
Haiti’s defense provided the 46th ranked Peruvian side a strong challenge in the opening Group B match. The Peruvians held a slight edge in possession (51-49%) but outshot Haiti 10-5.
With the victory, Peru took the early lead in Group B pending the results of the Brazil and Ecuador matchup later Saturday night.
Sports Out West captured some of the atmosphere from the Copa America competition in Seattle.
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