Argentina vs Peru Match Preview: World Cup Qualifiers October 14
by J.P. Devetori
Peru faces the reigning Copa America champions Argentina in match day 12 of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers tonight at 6:30 Peru time (7:30 Atlantic, 4:30 Pacific) in Estadio Monumental de Nuñez. Argentina is coming off a smooth 3-0 victory over Uruguay in the same stadium while Peru is coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss against Bolivia in La Paz. The Blanquirroja never won in Buenos Aires and the last time they defeated the Albiceleste was 24 years ago in the 1997 Copa America (pictured). Can Peru end their long winless drought against Argentina tonight?
Ricardo Gareca announced his lineup earlier than usual: Gallese remains in goal, and Alexander Callens remains as centre-back. Jhilmar Lora replacing the injured Luis Advincula while Miguel Trauco returns into the lineup after serving his yellow card suspension and Carlos Zambrano is added to the starting XI, replacing Christian Ramos. Gareca is using the same midfielders than last match (Christofer Gonzales, Pedro Aquino, and Yoshimar Yotún) and still uses Christian Cueva at wing and Gianluca Lapadula at striker but switches in Raziel Garcia for Gabriel Costa at the other side of the wing. In a match like this where the opposing XI is stacked with elite talent, players like Lora, Gonzales, and Garcia shouldn’t get the start. Marcos Lopez, Wilder Cartagena, and Santiago Ormeño deserve to start and the line up should change from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2 (Lapadula and Ormeño at the top). This is a must win match for us not just to end the 24-year drought but to stay alive for the hunt to qualify for Qatar 2022.
Other results that need to happen in order to help Peru in the run for the World Cup Qatar 2022: Bolivia win (over Paraguay), Colombia tie (with Ecuador), Venezuela win or tie (over/with Chile), Brazil win (over Uruguay).
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