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|South American World Cup 2014 qualifiers: Peru stumble at home against Colombia|
Midfielder James Rodriguez currently with Porto scored the only goal as Colombia beat Peru 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Lima on Sunday to give José Pekerman a winning start as their coach.
Forward Dorlan Pabón flicked a through ball with the outside of his right foot past a defender to Rodríguez, who sidestepped goalkeeper Diego Penny in the box and shot left-footed into the net.
The custodian of club side Juan Aurich played a solid performance and denied constant threats by goalscorer Rodríguez, prolific forward partner Radamel Falcao and Dorlan Pabón.
The victory at the Estadio Nacional lifted Colombia into fifth place in the nine-nation South American group with seven points from four matches. They are three points behind leaders Argentina, who have played one more match.
Colombia, who have not reached the finals since 1998, appointed Argentine Pekerman after sacking Leonel Álvarez in November following a home defeat by Argentina.
For the home side, it was not to be Paolo Guerrero's day as he squandered a number of chances despite showing himself to be the most feared player on the park. His leadership was on show and led Peru to fight the challenge at stake.
World Cup qualifying action so far has been disappointing for Sergio Markarián's team following a successful Copa América run in Argentina last year finishing third.
Peru, whose coach Sergio Markarián was deprived of half a dozen players through injury, are one from bottom with three points from four matches.
The Peruvians had the better of the first half but were denied by some good goalkeeping from OS Nice's David Ospina. Forwards Claudio Pizarro was left out due to injury and Jefferson Farfán was a late substitute and made little impact.
"We lost to rivals of such class that they knew how to play for time and the referee (Argentine Nestor Pitana) gave them all the time they wanted," Uruguayan-born Markarián complained.
"The team did what they could and if they couldn't do more it was because we had too many limitations," he told reporters.
Peru have not beaten Colombia at home since the preliminaries for the 1982 World Cup, which was the last the Peruvians qualified for.
They face Uruguay in Montevideo next weekend when Colombia are away to Ecuador in Quito.