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How to Watch Live Colombia vs. Peru in the 2021 Copa América Third-Place Playoff

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How to Watch Live 2021 Copa América third-place playoff: Colombia vs. Peru
Ricardo Gareca coaches up his team to take third place over Colombia in the Copa América playoff. ANTONIO LACERDA/EPA

Either Colombia or Peru will end the 2021 Copa América with a place on the podium as the pair are poised to do battle one last time and contest the competition’s third-place playoff on Friday. A Superclásico final between Copa hosts Brazil and rivals Argentina takes center stage Saturday, but this bronze-medal showdown sets the tone for a massive weekend in South American soccer.

What TV Channel is Colombia-Peru on?

The Copa’s warm-up medal match between Colombia and Peru promises fireworks, with FS2, TUDN and UniMas each providing coverage on Friday evening. You can live stream 2021 Copa América matches on fuboTV.

How to Watch Colombia vs. Peru

When: Friday, July 9

Where: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia, Brazil

Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV Info: FS2, TUDN, UniMas

Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

Peru will be attempting to remain among the tournament’s top three after they lost to Brazil in the 2019 decider having reached the final for the first time in 44 years. It was again the Selecao who were responsible for Peru’s departure from this year’s tournament after Neymar plated Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta for the sole finish in their semi-final clash:

Despite failing to reach back-to-back finals for what would have been the first time in their history, Peru did crack the continental hierarchy to some extent by featuring in successive semifinals. The last time they did so was in the 2011 and 2015 tournaments, and the BBC’s South American soccer expert Tim Vickery attributed a large part of that success to coach Ricardo Gareca:

As Vickery highlighted, Peru have in fact already defeated Reinaldo Rueda’s men at this tournament and notched their first 2021 Copa victory in a 2-1 win almost three weeks ago. Miguel Borja’s penalty equalizer was sandwiched between Sergio Peña’s opener and a Yerry Mina own-goal as La Blanquirroja went on to finish second in Group B, three points ahead of La Tricolor. Colombia’s own semi-final demise came about against Argentina as Emiliano Martinez saved three spot-kicks to send La Albiceleste through, with Edwin Cardona having the decisive strike saved:

If we count that shootout result as a draw, Colombia have suffered two defeats at the Copa just like Peru, with each team suffering at least one loss to Brazil along the way. Rueda’s men did manage to score against the tournament hosts will Gareca’s counterparts could not, which hints at the larger threat Colombia pose going forward compared to Friday’s foes.

Benevento frontman Gianluca Lapadula will hope to prove that’s not the case if he keeps his place leading Peru, who are also seeking just their second Copa clean sheet in their seventh outing. Colombia have failed to concede three times at the competition. They hope to prove that group defeat was an anomaly as they target a fourth victory over Peru in five meetings.

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