(EFE) – Brazil beat Peru 2-0 this Thursday in the match of the tenth round of the qualifying rounds of the Qatar 2022 World Cup and, in addition to remaining isolated as the leader, set a mark of eight victories in the eight matches that has played.
Éverton Ribeiro and Neymar defined with their goals a match in which Canarinha found no resistance, adding 24 points 6s more than Argentina, their immediate pursuer, which leaves them very close to guaranteeing their presence in Qatar.
Brazil, in addition, has a pending match after health prosecutors interrupted the classic with Argentina last Sunday when only six minutes had elapsed from the commitment in Sao Paulo due to the Argentine violation of anticovid regulations. The outcome of this commitment depends on the conclusion of the investigation opened by FIFA.
The defeat this Thursday, meanwhile, left Peru sunk in seventh place in the standings, with 8 points and five units from Ecuador (13), the last among the four that for now have a provisional ticket to Qatar.
Playing at the Arena Pernambuco World Cup stadium in the city of Recife, Brazil confirmed its hegemony over Peru, with which it has a record of 36 wins, 9 draws and only five losses in 50 games. In the last five years, since Tite has been in command, Brazil celebrated 7 victories in 8 matches with Peru, including the final of the Copa América 2019.
Brazil, who lined up the same team with which Argentina was measured on Sunday before the match was interrupted, began by pressing Peru from the first minute that only kept a lone Lapadula in the lead waiting for a counterattack.
Neymar became from the beginning the main distributor of balls in the Canarinha attack and, despite the strong Peruvian brand, he managed to open spaces and assist Éverton Ribeiro and Lucas Paquetá.
The Brazilian dominance paid off in the 14th minute when Neymar, after a questioned play in which he surpassed Santamaría on the left, advanced to the back and tried to make a pass to Gabriel Barbosa “Gabigol”, but who ended up finding the ball and opening the The marker was Éverton Ribeiro arriving from the right.
The locals maintained dominance for the rest of the first half, with Gabigol scarying on some occasions, but with Peru entrenched in their area there were few clear scoring opportunities.
Peru, with Carrillo totally neutralized by Danilo and Lapadula completely isolated, failed in his few attempts at counterattack, although in one he suffered a penalty that the referee ignored, and exaggerated in the violent plays, which made Santamaría, Tapia, in a few minutes, Yotún were reprimanded with yellow.
When the two rivals seemed resigned to waiting for the break, Brazil extended the score at 40 minutes after a collective move in which Gabigol got his first finish and the rebound was at the feet of Éverton Ribeiro, who also tried to finish, but the ball, After being diverted by Santamaría, he was left at the disposal of a free Neymar within the area who only had to accommodate him.
The goal made French attacker Paris Saint Germain the top scorer for Brazil in World Cup qualifying matches, with 12 goals, ahead of Romario (11) and Zico (11).
The second half began with a quick finish from Gabigol who went over Gallese’s goal after a play by Gerson.
With no alternatives, the coach of Peru, Argentine Ricardo Gareca, made four quick modifications, in which Tapia, Yotún and Cueva, three of his most common starters, came out in an attempt to gain more control in the center of the field with players more oxygenated and put an end to Brazilian rule.
The changes significantly improved the performance of Peru, which in a few minutes achieved dangerous finishes from Lapadula, Carrillo and Marcos López, the latter defended by Wéverton, and allowed the visitors to take over.
Brazil, apparently tired and satisfied with the two goals, preferred to manage the advantage and touch the ball, although both Gabigol and Olympic champion Matheus Cunha were active in attack and waiting for assists.
In the last minutes, both teams disputed dominance in the center of the court but neither managed to advance dangerously and Brazil suffered a punishment for a yellow that prevents Neymar from playing the game with Venezuela on October 7.