Soccer-Venezuela beat Peru 3-2 to keep World Cup hopes alive (Reuters)

CARACAS, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Venezuela kept alive their slim hopes of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time when they beat Peru 3-1 in Puerto La Cruz in their South American qualifier on Tuesday. Peru fell out of the running as both teams, who met in the 2011 Copa America third-place playoff won by the Peruvians, needed a victory to stay in the hunt for a place in Brazil next year. Venezuela are in sixth place in the nine-nation South American group with 19 points and one match remaining, three points behind fourth-placed Ecuador and Uruguay, in fifth. Both have two matches left. …

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