Peru calls off Copa Libertadores match, allows it later on

Peru’s government allowed a Copa Libertadores match to proceed on Tuesday just after a while it had called it off amid protests over rising fuel and food prices. The confirmation that local Sporting Cristal and Brazil’s Flamengo will play came 2 hours and 30 minutes before kickoff.

President Pedro Castillo announced the decision to end a curfew in the capital Lima as local media debated his administration’s decision to call off the match at the National Stadium.

Peru’s capital and its main port were under a strict curfew instituted by Castillo for most of the day in response to the violent protests, with armed soldiers and police deployed to enforce the measure.

Three hours before the time the match was due to start, the country’s sports authority said in a statement that the Copa Libertadores match would not go ahead.