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Hat-trick hero Guerrero sends Peru into semi-finals

Paolo Guerrero tucks away his third goal. Credit: Reuters

Paolo Guerrero scored a hat-trick to hand Peru a 3-1 win against Bolivia and send them into the Copa America semi-finals.

Two goals in three first-half minutes set Peru on their way and Guerrero grabbed his third after the break following a howler from Danny Bejarano in his own half.

Marcelo Martins Moreno tucked away a late penalty for Bolivia but it was mere consolation and Ricardo Gareca's men will now face hosts Chile on Monday in Santiago in the final four.

Brazil need late Costa striker to secure win

Douglas Costa scored late on. Credit: PA

Brazil came from behind to open their Copa America campaign with a win, courtesy of a last-gasp strike from Douglas Costa.

Peru took a shock lead at the Estadio Municipal Bicentenario German Becker when Christian Cueva found the back of the net after just three minutes, before Barcelona star Neymar restored parity just two minutes later.

From there it was a tale of frustration for Brazil, who had to wait until deep into second-half stoppage time for Douglas Costa to secure the 2-1 win.

Neymar got Brazil back into the game. Credit: Reuters



Machu Picchu's chinchilla rat found alive and well

Scientists in Peru have tracked down a species of rat long thought to be extinct on the thickly-forested slopes near Machu Picchu.

The arborial chinchilla rat was found near the famous Inca settlement of Machu Picchu Credit: REUTERS/Benjamin Dell Orto

The arboreal chinchilla rat, which is the size of a cat and looks like a particularly fluffy dormouse, was previously known only through two skulls found in some 400-year-old pottery.

In 2009, a park ranger reported that he had seen an animal matching the description, but not until now have scientists been able to confirm the discovery.

They say the creature's future is threatened by habitat loss, but add that it is afforded some protection by the Machu Picchu national park.

Peru drug smuggler to be sent to N Ireland prison

A convicted drug smuggler jailed in Peru is set to be transferred to Northern Ireland where she will serve the rest of her sentence.

Michaella McCollum Connolly (left) and Melissa Reid. Credit: Police handout

Michaella McCollum, from Dungannon, County Tyrone, and her friend Melissa Reid, from Glasgow, were jailed last year for six years and eight months.

The pair both admitted to trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.5 million from the South American country to Spain.

Reid could serve rest of Peru drug sentence in UK

Melissa Reid claimed she was forced to board a flight with 24lb of cocaine hidden in her luggage. Credit: Reuters/Mariana Bazo

Melissa Reid, one of two women convicted of drug smuggling in Peru last year, could serve the rest of her sentence in the UK after Lima authorities requested a transfer.

The Scottish Prison Service confirmed it has received a repatriation application that could see the 20-year-old return home in the coming months.

Reid and Michaella McCollum, from Ireland, were both jailed for six years and eight months in September after pleading guilty to boarding a flight at Lima airport with a £1.5 million haul of cocaine.

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