Peru and Venezuela will try to regain positions and leave the bottom of the South American qualifying table for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, in a match on the sixth day of the competition that will be played this Sunday at the National Stadium in Lima.
Both teams will have to play everything for everything, since even a draw could seriously complicate their aspirations to continue fighting for one of the places for the next World Cup event.
The need to add a victory is imperative for both the Blanquirroja and the Vinotinto, since Peru will arrive at the match in the penultimate position of the table, with 5 points, while Venezuela will do so in the last, with only 4 units.
In the previous day, last Thursday, the Peruvians wasted the possibility of placing themselves in an expectant position in the classification, after drawing 1-1 with Uruguay in Lima.
For their part, the Venezuelans suffered a 1-3 away loss to Argentina that left them at the bottom of the table.
In the hours before the match, the greatest expectation among Peruvian fans is to know if their coach, Ricardo Gareca, will send gunners Paolo Guerrero and Gianluca Lapadula on the offensive.
“Let’s see. It’s a possibility, but I want to wait how the players feel,” Gareca said after the clash against the Uruguayans.
Despite the uncomfortable position that Peru occupies, the coach assured that he has a very “competitive” team, although it requires the momentum of a win to regain confidence and climb the standings.
“You have to win, I think the most important thing of all is that the team is highly competitive, we can have our good and bad days, but the most important thing is that we can beat anyone. The most important thing is to win so that the team continues. growing and improving, “he remarked.
For his part, the Venezuelan coach, Leonardo González, acknowledged that after the defeat against Albiceleste, his team will play a large part of its chances in the match against Peru.
He maintained, however, that the clash in Lima will be “complicated” due to their visitor status and because both teams have “the need to win and add” points.
“But, at least, the attitude has to continue to be there and then believe in each of the players, that it is possible to win the games,” he said.
La Vinotinto arrived in Lima this Friday, after having added defender Francisco La Mantia, from Deportivo La Guaira in his country, to his concentration, after suffering the losses of José Manuel Velázquez, due to injury, and Adrián Martínez, due to expulsion.
The match, valid for the sixth day pending the South American qualifiers, will be played at the National Stadium with a reduced capacity of fans, after the Peruvian authorities authorized the return of the public to the matches of the national team.
– Probable lineups:
Peru: Pedro Gallese, Luis Advíncula, Anderson Santamaría, Alexander Callens, Marcos López, Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yotún, Edison Flores, André Carrillo, Christian Cueva and Paolo Guerrero (Gianluca Lapadula).
Coach: Ricardo Gareca.
Venezuela: Wuilker Fariñez, Oscar González, Nahuel Ferraresi, Mikel Villanueva, Alexander González, Jefferson Savarino, Yeferson Soteldo, José Martínez, Tomás Rincón, Josef Martínez and Eric Ramírez.
Coach: Leonardo González.
Referee: Luis Quiroz (Ecuador)
Stadium: Nacional, Lima.
Time: 20:00 (01:00 GMT / 03.00 CET on Monday, September 6).