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Michaella McCollum released from Peruvian jail

Michaella McCollum (left) and Melissa Reid (right) were jailed in 2013 Credit: Police handout

A Northern Irish woman jailed for drug smuggling in Peru has been released from prison, her solicitor has confirmed.

Michaella McCollum, from Co Tyrone, and Melissa Reid, from Scotland, were imprisoned in 2013 for six years and eight months after admitting trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.5 million from Peru to Spain.

Lawyers tried to get the women repatriated after complaining about horrendous prison conditions.

A judicial process will now determine what, if any, conditions are attached to McCollum's effective parole.

"I can confirm Michaella has been released from jail and I'm waiting to hear the outcome of the judicial process", Kevin Winters, her lawyer, said.


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
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