BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - A weekend of quarter-final shocks has left the Copa America shorn of some of its biggest names, leading fans of Uruguay to dream of what would be a record 15th title. Uruguay came here as essentially third favourites behind usual suspects Brazil, the holders, and Argentina, the hosts. But having survived a nervous start to progress from their group and then dump out the Argentinians on penalties, the albiceleste, World Cup semi-finalists last year, appear well-placed going into a Tuesday meeting with Peru. Uruguay have tradition behind them even more than the Brazilians, having been in on the start of the Copa adventure right at the start when the world's oldest international tournament began life in 1916. The celeste won the inaugural event -- in Argentina -- and, with their close neighbours, dominated the early years while also famously lifting the first World Cup in 1930 before adding a second global title in 1950. Since those heady days the Charruas have lived in Argentinian and Brazilian shadows -- though they did win the Copa on home soil in 1995. Now, with Diego Forlan, the star of last summer's World Cup, keen to land a first international title at the age of 32 having just won a Uruguayan record 80th cap against Argentina, and with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez maturing rapidly, the Uruguayans feel this year's title can be theirs. First, however, they must beat a determined Peru, who held them in the group phase before stunning fancied Colombia in another quarter-final shock. Each of the quarters saw results going the way of the underdog with the Uruguayans edging out an Argentina side still unable to draw the best from Lionel Messi. Brazil went out to Paraguay after a woeful penalty shootout, Peru stunned the Colombians in extra-time, while Venezuela saw off a useful-looking Chile to reach the semis for the first time ever.