Yerry Mina scored his first international goal since the 2018 World Cup to set Colombia on their way to an important 3-0 win over Peru in the CONMEBOL region tonight.
The Everton defender headed home from a set-piece in the 40th minute before Peru's problems mounted when Miguel Trauco was sent off for a second bookable offence on the stroke of half-time.
Mateus Uribe doubled Los Cafeteros' lead four minutes into the second half when he headed home John Medina's cross and Luis Díaz increased the visitors' advantage to 3-0 six minutes after that.
An action-packed encounter took another turn just short of the hour mark when Daniel Muñoz had a yellow card upgraded to a straight red following a check by the Video Assistant Referee which levelled things up at 10-a-side.
Peru pressed in the final half hour but couldn't make the breakthrough, ensuring that Colombia boosted their goal difference from -5 to -2.
Colombia, who are without James Rodriguez who was omitted from the squad until after the Copa America at the earliest, came into the evening lying eighth in the CONMEBOL region qualifying table with just one win and four points from their first four games and badly needed a victory to boost their hopes of making it to next year's finals in Qatar.
The victory lifts them up two places to sixth, behind Uruguay on goal difference ahead of a date with Argentina on Tuesday back in Colombia.
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