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The third place game ended up being a blowout as well as the clock finally struck midnight for cinderella Venezuela as Peru took third place with a 4-1 win. William Chiroque opened the scoring in the 11th minute with his first ever international goal, but the game stayed tight for the rest of the half. The second half was a different story though as Venezuela's Tomas Rincon was sent off in the 58th minute giving Peru the man advantage. Then it became the Paolo Guerrero show. Guerrero, who scored all of Peru's goals during group play, tallied his 3rd goal of the tournament to make it 2-0, but Venezuela, despite playing a man down wouldn't go quietly. 31 year old Juan Arango cut the deficit in half in the 77th minute. Guerrero wasn't done though scoring in both the 89th and 90th minutes, giving him a tournament high 5 goals and clinching third place for Peru. The 27 year old Hamburger SV striker now has 15 international goals. Venezuela, despite the loss, still achieved their highest ever finish in the Copa America.