PERU WORLD CUP QUALIFYING MATCHDAY 17

Although it seemed very one-sided, Peru managed to maintain 51% possession compared to Uruguay’s 49%. The match ended 1-0, the goal coming from Giorgian De Arrascaeta in a very sloppy defensive play by Peru.
Early in the match, Peru Forward Gianluca Lapadula had a very clear opportunity to open the scoring and bring Peru a goal up, but aimed his header straight at Uruguayan Keeper Rochet Alvarez. This was one of the very few chances Peru had all game.In the second half, the most controversial play took place, where a simple cross from Miguel Trauco ended up troubling Alvarez and he took the ball in his own net, but the goal was not given and wasn’t reviewed as well.
After all that, the match ended 1-0, which was a very just result for Uruguay, despite having very similar ball possession dominated for most of the game, and the result wouldn’t have been in question if it wasn’t for that controversial play involving Miguel Trauco and Rochet Alvarez.
“El Centenario is a difficult place to play in and one of their weapons is the free-kick. In an oversight they scored the goal and then it was difficult for us to return,” said Ricardo Gareca, the Peruvian Coach, to Movistar Deportes
MATCHDAY 18
Perú faced Paraguay at Estadio Nacional in Lima, Perú, in a very important match for Peru and Peruvian fans as this were the last chance they were going to have to qualify for the World Cup and with Colombia right on their tails with an easy game, this was Peru’s chance to eliminate Colombia with a win against Paraguay.
It did not take long for Peru to find the back of the net as within the first five minutes, Cueva puts a nice over-the-top ball to Peru’s goalscorer, Gianluca Lapadula, and takes the shot, hits the post, and in. Everyone in the stadium including Lapadula went crazy as they realized that this was their moment to go back to the World Cup.
For the rest of the first half, Paraguay maintained most of the possession while also taking some shots at the Peruvian net, all not landing on target. Then, at the 42nd minute, a great an individual effort by Christian Cueva who passed it off to Edison Flores, who crossed it to Yoshimar Yotun who scissor kicked the ball towards the net and the shot was too powerful for the Paraguayan keeper, Antony Silva.
For the rest of the second half, Paraguay seemed like they were eventually going to put one in the back of the net, but they couldn’t keep their shots on target and end up with 11 shots, 1 on target.
The match ended 2-0 in favor of Peru. The victory puts Peru in a playoff between the winner of Australia vs UAE in a game for World Cup qualification. If they do end up qualifying, they will be in Group D, with France, Denmark, and Tunisia.
“I remember that in the last qualifiers we came back with six games to go, but beyond this, I still have the same faith, the same conviction. For me, being in a championship has different facets: the beginning, the average, and the end, and in all three the ideal is to be well because you can have a great start, a good average, and a bad ending and you lose the championship and the target. But you can also have a bad start, a good average, and a good finish, you win the championship and the goal” said Ricardo Gareca to Movistar Deportes