Peruvian team plays today a final against Colombia in Barranquilla
Clinging to the hope of attending their second consecutive World Cup, the Peruvian team will leave all their efforts today (4:00 p.m.) in the stadium of the Metropolitan Stadium in Barranquilla to try to beat a Colombian team because a victory would leave them very close to accessing to Qatar 2022 when there are four dates left for the completion of the South American qualifying process.
The team led by coach Ricardo Gareca will have to be very intelligent to dose their forces and not be affected by the high temperature that covers the city of Barranquilla, which these days ranges between 27 and 33 degrees.
He must also play with the desperation of a “coffee” team that will incessantly seek to break its losing streak of five games without winning and without scoring goals.
The Peruvian team comes to this match with a rising production after defeating Bolivia 3-0 and Venezuela 2-1 in the qualifying rounds. Added to this is the draw (1-1) with Panama and the thrashing (3-0) against Jamaica in friendly matches, results that help reinforce the mood.
The national squad will have to face this early final with several casualties. In addition to the absences of the historic Jefferson Farfán and Paolo Guerrero, midfielder Pedro Aquino is added, injured at the last minute. Defenders Miguel Trauco and Luis Advincula, who are serving a yellow card accumulation suspension date, will also be absent.
In the last training session held at the Romelio Martínez stadium, Gareca ended up forming his starting lineup, which will be made up of Pedro Gallese, Aldo Corzo, Carlos Zambrano, Alexander Callens, Marco López, Cristofer Gonzales, Renato Tapia, Sergio Peña, André Carrillo, Christian Cueva and Gianluca Lapadula.
In front will be a needy Colombia, which has the urgency to meet again with the victory to consolidate itself in fourth place. For this game, coach Reinaldo Rueda will have as main casualties the injured Atalanta attackers Duván Zapata and Luis Muriel, as well as Jefferson Lerma who will miss the match due to covid-19.
His hopes fall on the experienced Falcao García, James Rodríguez and Luis Díaz, who has 14 goals for Porto in the Portuguese league and is in the eye of English teams like Liverpool or Tottenham.
The match will be directed by the Venezuelan referee Jesús Valenzuela, who will be assisted by his compatriots Carlos López and Jorge Urrego. The Brazilian Rodolpho Tosk will be in the VAR.
The last time the bicolor team was victorious (1-0) in Colombia was in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers in Korea – Japan, when Nolberto Solano scored the only goal of the game.
The national squad has 17 points and temporarily occupies sixth place in the qualifiers, with the same number of units as Colombia, who are fifth by best goal difference (-1 to -5).
Pedro Gallese, Alexander Callens, Carlos Zambrano, Aldo Corzo, Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yotún, Wilder Cartagena, Christofer Gonzáles, Raziel García, Gabriel Costa and Christian Cueva risk missing the match with Ecuador on February 1 if they add a card yellow against Colombia.
4:00 p.m.: Colombia-Peru
Movistar Deportes (channel 3 and 703 HD) and América TV (channel 4 and 704 HD)
5:00 p.m.: Venezuela-Bolivia
Movistar Plus (channel 6 and 70 HD).
Note taken from Andina.
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