Peru coach Ricardo Gareca lamented his side’s elimination from the Copa America Centenario after they went down in a penalty shoot-out against Colombia on Friday.
After neither side found the net within 90 minutes, penalties would decide who made it into the semi-finals of the centenary tournament.
Colombia scored all four of their spot-kicks, while Miguel Trauco and Christian Cueva missed for Peru as they bowed out at the quarter-final stage.
Gareca said his side lacked definition in the final third, and conceded a shoot-out loss hurts more than any other.
“We lacked a bit more elaboration in our game, and it hurts to go out when it’s by penalties,” the Argentine said.
“To attack a bit more, it was complicated to get the ball off a Colombia side that is very dynamic.
“But we are also looking at this in a positive way because we have not lost a single game.”
He added: “The atmosphere in the locker room is one of sadness because of the elimination.
“We had high expectations, and it hurts so much more to be eliminated in this way.”
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