After so many years of back and forth, the day of Gianluca Lapadula’s official debut in the Peruvian National Team finally arrived. Beyond the defeat against Chile in the Qualifiers, the forward showed the desire to establish himself in Ricardo Gareca’s team.
The Italian entered the 14th minute of the second half in place of Raúl Ruidíaz, when Blanquirroja was already losing 2-0 in Santiago. Only three minutes later he had his first chance to score, after a great pass from Christian Cueva. Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo came out fast and left no angle for the definition.
The Seattle Sounders striker did not perform well and missed a clear opportunity late in the first half. For this reason, the quick entry of the Benevento man was expected in the second stage.
Lapadula moved as a center forward and was active among the Chilean centrals, with diagonals to give Cueva and Gonzáles pass options. In any case, he did not have a clear chance of scoring again after that one against Bravo.
He fought more than he played. In 35 minutes of play, he had 5 touches of the ball and only one positive pass. He was fouled, offside and won two duels on the floor, while losing all 6 aerial.
Peru showed a better face in the second half, but had no clear scoring chances. Anyway, Lapadula’s entry gave him more weight in the rival area.