Asunción (EFE) – Paraguay and Peru matched this Thursday in Asunción with four goals in the second half, distributed between the Guaraní central defender Ángel Romero and the Inca striker André Carrillo, both the figures of their teams on the first day of the South American qualifiers of the Qatar World Cup 2022.
The second period contained the best and worst of Paraguay, which pressed and managed to define its opportunities, but suffered from an insecure defense that Peru took advantage of.
And he also welcomed the most positive of Peru, which after a very blurred first period did not forgive the chances that the rival defense offered him.
In fact, Peru took the initiative in that period, which it did not have in the first half, and went ahead shortly after the beginning, in the 52nd minute, with a barrage attack, with Paraguay’s defense failing to clear and Carrillo , without any marker inside the area, beating Roberto ‘Gatito’ Fernández.
Raúl Ruidíaz had in his boots the second of the Incaicos, also with the Albirroja defense clueless, and forcing Fernández to shine in a great save.
The match gained in intensity in those minutes, after Berizzo’s changes and Ángel Romero’s departure to the court, who had only played five minutes, after replacing Hernán Pérez, and made the equalized in 66 a few meters from the beat Pedro Gallese.
Ricardo Gareca turned to Jefferson Farfán, who however did not find his game. And in minute 81, Paraguay turned the scoreboard with Romero, the “saving angel”, who culminated a joint attack with a cross shot.
The joy of the locals only lasted four minutes, as the draw came, and another defensive failure, by Carrillo, this time with an unappealable header.
The first part was for the locals, in terms of ball control, with a serious warning in the fifth minute from forward Darío Lezcano that forced Gallese to shine, on the clearest occasion of the first half.
La Albirroja followed the formula, pressing through a Blas Riveros who was the figure of the Guarani at that time, always looking ahead to Miguel Almirón.
However, those led by Eduardo Berizzo lacked definition, as it shows that they did not have more plays in a first period in which it went from more to less.
The Peruvians in those first 45 were cut off by the impetus of the Paraguayans, with hardly any offensive capacity, except for some interned by Ruidíaz and Carrillo.
The second day of the qualifying rounds, which will be played in full on Tuesday 13, will take the Paraguayan team to the payments of Venezuela while the Peruvians will receive the Brazilian team.