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Late goal gives Peru 1-1 draw with U.S.

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(Reuters) – A late goal from Edison Flores cancelled out Joshua Sargent’s earlier strike and gave Peru a deserved 1-1 draw with the United States in Connecticut on Tuesday.

Peru dominated possession and had more shooting opportunities than the hosts but Sargent’s right-footed effort after 49 minutes — the second goal in two starts for the 18-year-old — looked like it would earn the Americans the victory.

Peru, who beat Chile 3-0 last week, pushed hard for an equaliser and came close when Andy Polo’s rasping drive from outside the box ricocheted back off the underside of the bar with goalkeeper Brad Guzman beaten.

With five minutes remaining, a line of U.S. defenders failed to clear Polo’s tantalizing cross and Flores nipped in at the back post to sidefoot home.

The United States, beaten 4-2 by Colombia in their last friendly, take on England and Italy in friendlies next month.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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