(EFE) – The Peruvian team won the Pacific Classic on Thursday by winning 2-0 over Chile, a triumph that keeps the Peruvians in the fight to reach a quota for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and leaves the Chileans off the hook in the rankings.
With the goals of Christian Cueva and Sergio Peña, the Blanquirroja remains in seventh place, but now with 11 points and three units from Colombia, which occupies the fifth place that gives access to the play-off for the World Cup, while the Red remains in eighth position with 7 points.
The game began with the revolutions to the maximum before the imperative urgency in both teams to win so that their World Cup aspirations were not practically liquidated.
In that exchange of blows, the Chilean team was more comfortable, which in the attack zone moved the ball with more ease thanks to the connection of Charles Aránguiz and Erick Pulgar with the Red’s attacking trident, although without being able to create clear chances. the Gol.
Peru, however, found it much more difficult to spin plays on the other side unless the ball passed through the feet of Cueva, the home team’s most inspired player.
Precisely, Cueva’s mischief came the first goal, as the Peruvian took advantage of the fact that in the throw-ins there is no offside to put the locals ahead in the 35th minute.
‘Aladino’ Cueva received the ball on the backs of the Chilean defense, gave the pass of death and then pushed the rejection of Claudio Bravo into the net, who had managed to stop Sergio Peña’s point-blank shot.
The Peruvian midfielder had been left with the honey of the goal on his lips and claimed revenge in the second half, with a very similar play.
At 63 minutes, Bravo saved another powerful shot centered from the edge of the Peña area, but the same Swedish Malmoe player picked up the ball to shoot again and score Peru’s second goal.
Even before this goal, the team led by Ricardo Gareca had won in tranquility, had settled better on the court and found its way to the rival area more easily.
On the part of the Red there was no reaction and, after receiving the second goal, it was when the absence of their stars such as Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas was most perceived, accustomed to carrying the weight of the national team on their shoulders.
Chile’s only dangerous move in the second half was a header by Luis Jiménez in the heart of the area that went to the hands of Pedro Gallese.
With this new defeat, the Uruguayan coach Martín Lasarte continues without winning in qualifying rounds since he assumed the position of Chile coach, accumulating three draws and three defeats.