Peruvian-Italian striker Gianluca Lapadula inspired Peru to a second-half revival as it fought back from a two-goal half-time deficit to emerge with a 2-2 draw against Ecuador in the Copa America on Wednesday.

The result means both teams can still progress into the last eight of the 10-team South American tournament. With one game left for each, Ecuador has two points from three games and Peru has four.

Four of the top five teams in each group qualify for the quarterfinals.

Ecuador is one of only two teams never to have won the Copa America and although it started the match in the Brazilian city of Goiania without its suspended striker Enner Valencia it took the game to Peru and was 2-0 up at half-time.

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Renato Tapia turned Pervis Estupinan’s cross into his own net midway through the first half and then Ayrton Preciado grabbed a second on the stroke…

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