Peru, forced to rescue points today on his visit
In the midst of an idyll with its fans and with a Lionel Messi at a superlative level, Argentina is going for its next prey: a demoralized Peru that urgently needs to add to continue in the race to the 2022 World Cup.
La Albiceleste extended their undefeated match to 24 games – the second largest in their history – after the goalless draw against Paraguay and the 3-0 win over Uruguay in the typical round of the South American tie. Add 22 points, six less than the leader Brazil.
While awaiting the ruling of FIFA for the game suspended against Brazil in September, when Brazilian health officials entered the field to arrest three Argentine players who would have violated the quarantine, the last champion of America will seek to add another three points that leave him to the gates of the classification, in a Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires with sold-out tickets.
“Peru is a fairly clear team, they play the ball well, with players on the right foot, at times possession can be disputed,” analyzed coach Lionel Scaloni. “He knows what he plays beyond the situation in which he is in the classification, it is a difficult team … they do not feel like getting behind.”
La Blanquirroja, under the leadership of Ricardo Gareca, is grieving for his irregular gait. They seemed to resurface with a 2-0 win over Chile last week, but then stumbled against Bolivia 1-0 in La Paz, despite their rival having ten players.
It is in seventh position with 11 points, five less than Uruguay, which currently owns the fourth and last position in the classification.
“We have to go join Argentina,” Gareca said. “We are going to prepare that way.”
Argentina is unbeaten in 16 matches against Peru in qualifying rounds. There is a statistical fact that plays in favor of Gareca’s: it is the South American team that the Argentine captain Lionel Messi converted the least, just one goal, in the 2007 Copa América.
In other games, Brazil plays Uruguay, Chile plays Venezuela, Colombia plays Ecuador and Bolivia plays Paraguay.— AP