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Peru is still in the fight to reach the Qatar 2022 World Cup and left Chile off the hook

Peru continues to move closer to the World Cup qualification positions.

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Selection of Peru was awarded this Thursday the Pacific Classic by winning 2-0 to Chile, a triumph that keeps Peruvians in the fight to reach a quota for the Qatar World Cup 2022 and leaves the Chileans off the hook in the rankings.

With the goals of Christian Cueva and Sergio Peña, the White-red stays in the seventh square, but now with 11 points and to three units from Colombia, which occupies the fifth place that gives access to the play-offs for the World Cup, while the Red remains in the eighth position with 7 points.

The game began with the revolutions to the maximum before the urgent urgency in both teams to win so that their World Cup aspirations were not practically liquidated.

In that exchange of blows, the Chilean team was more comfortable, which in the attack zone moved the ball with more ease thanks to the connection of Charles Aránguiz and Erick Pulgar with the Red’s attacking trident, although without being able to create clear chances. the Gol.

Peru, however, found it much more difficult to spin plays on the other side unless the ball passed through the feet of Cueva, the home team’s most inspired player.

Precisely, Cueva’s mischief came out the first goal, as the Peruvian took advantage of the fact that in the throw-ins there is no offside to put the locals ahead in the 35th minute.

‘Aladino’ Cueva received the ball on the backs of the Chilean defense, gave the pass of death and then pushed the rejection of Claudio Bravo into the net, who had managed to stop Sergio Peña’s point-blank shot.

The Peruvian midfielder had the honey of the goal on his lips and claimed revenge in the second half, with a very similar play.

At 63 minutes, Bravo saved another powerful shot centered from the edge of the Peña area, but the same Swedish Malmoe player picked up the ball to shoot again and score Peru’s second goal.

Before this goal, the team led by Ricardo Gareca had won in tranquility, had settled better on the court and found its way to the rival area more easily.

On the part of the Red there was no reaction and, after receiving the second goal, it was when the absence of their stars such as Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas was most perceived, accustomed to carrying the weight of the national team on their shoulders.

Chile’s only dangerous play in the second half was a header by Luis Jiménez in the heart of the area that went to the hands of Pedro Gallese.

With this new defeat, the Uruguayan coach Martín Lasarte continues without winning in the qualifying rounds since he assumed the position of coach of Chile, accumulating three draws and three defeats.


2 – Peru: Pedro Gallese; Luis Advíncula, Christian Ramos, Alexander Callens, Miguel Trauco; Christian Cueva (m.79, Gabriel Costa), Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotún, Edison Flores (m.69, Marcos López); Sergio Peña (m.79, Wilder Cartagena) and Paolo Guerrero (m.62, Jefferson Farfán). Coach: Ricardo Gareca.

0 – Chile: Claudio Bravo; Gary Medel, Guillermo Maripán, Sebastián Vegas; Mauricio Isla, Charles Aránguiz (m.65, Diego Valdés), Erick Pulgar, Marcelino Núñez (m.46, Felipe Mora); Jean Meneses (m.65, Joaquín Montesinos), Ben Brereton (m.77, Luis Jiménez) and Alexis Sánchez. Coach: Martín Lasarte.

Goals: 1-0, m.35: Christian Cueva. 2-0, m.63: Sergio Peña.

Referee: the Uruguayan Christian Ferreyra admonished Trauco (m.39), Maripán (m.42), Vegas (m.62), Medel (m.70), Callens (m.70) and Pulgar (m.72).

Incidents: match of the eleventh day of the qualifying heats for the World Cup in Qatar 2022, played at the National Stadium in Lima before some 8,000 spectators, 20% of the capacity of the venue due to limitations of the covid-19 pandemic.

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