WorldCupAcca To Be Confirmed Squad:
Keepers: P. Gallese, C. Caceda, J. Carvalho
Defence: A. Rodriguez, C. Ramos, L. Advincula, A. Corzo, M. Trauco, M, Araujo, L. Abram. N. Loyola, A. Santamaria
Midfield: Y. Yotun, C. Cueva, P. Hurtado, R. Tapia, E. Flores, A. Polo, P. Aquino, S. Pena, W. Cartagena
Forward: J. Farfan, A. Carrillo, R. Ruidaz
The runner up of group C will most likely be playing Argentina in the next round…
Currently ranked 11th in the world Peru have qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. They were invited to the very first competition in 1930 but they then only managed qualification in 1970, ‘78, ‘82 and finally this year.
Their best achievement are 2 quarter final finishes in 1970 and 1978.
Qualification was strange for Peru, they got off to an absolutely horrid start with just 4 points from their first 7 matches and with only 5 games remaining they were in 8th position – this led to the appointment of Argentine Ricardo Gareca.
Gareca started introducing younger & some more local player to the squad and with the new blood and nice mix of youth and experience, this eventually proved fruitful.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling against Bolivia for fielding an ineligible player against Chile and Peru gave both teams points they had not actually earned and encouraged Peru to keep fighting for a World Cup spot. In the process, they achieved historic results, such as first-time away wins in Paraguay and in Quito against Ecuador.
A final-round draw against Colombia saw them clinch the fifth spot and make the playoffs against a poor New Zealand side, after a 0-0 away from home they beat the Kiwis with a comfortable 2-0 in Lima.
Peru have actually unbeaten in 12 matches and a year-and-a-half, their last defeat came in November 2016, a 2-0 loss to Brazil.
WorldCupAcca The Squad:
Most of the starting XI here should pick itself, Pedro Gallese will start in goal with his Veracruz teammate Carlos Caceda & Jose Carvallo settling for places on the bench.
Vice-captain Alberto Rodriguez will start at centre back, he should be partnered by Christian Ramos, also of Veracruz. Luis Advincula & Miguel Trauco will start at right back and left back respectively.
The back 5 including the goalkeeper have 261 caps between them, this is a big part of Peru’s strength – they’re a very tight-knit group of players and know each other very well, they’re defensively very strong and consistent allowing the rest of the team to break forward with more freedom.
Captain & all time top-scorer Paolo Guerrero has had his ban suspended and will captain La Blanquirroja but may not be at 100% with recent injuries & his initial ban though he should start up front, though if he isn’t fit enough it won’t be the end of the world, they have dealt with this in previous matches during qualification.
In August, against Bolivia, Gareca’s team had to play without Guerrero as he was suspended for card accumulation. Peru packed the midfield and exploited the wide areas.
Guerrero was replaced with Raúl Ruidíaz who had actually won the Mexican Federation’s Balón de Oro as the best player for 2016-17 and has scored 40 goals for Morelia in his 2 seasons with the club.
The key was behind him though, where Edison Flores, Christian Cueva, who is arguably Peru’s most talented player, Jefferson Farfán and Carrillo overwhelmed Bolivia’s defense as the team won 2-1.
We may see similar approaches, particularly against France, however Jefferson Farfan can also be played as a number 9 in place of Ruidiaz then Feyenoords Renato Tapia may slot into central midfield or Paolo Hurtado will replace him on the wing.
WorldCupAcca The Group:
France should be winning the group but their recent form has been a bit patchy. They only managed to score 18 goals in qualifying, 8 less than 2nd placed Sweden. Recent results have been decent but nothing really spectacular. Close wins against England and Wales and a draw with Germany was followed with a defeat to Colombia and then another win against Russia.
Denmark are a very decent teams boasting such players like Viktor Fischer, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Andreas Christensen, Kasper Schmeichel and of course Nicklas Bendtner Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen bagged a hat-trick in the play-offs against Ireland to get his country to the final and the Spurs man will be the most important player for the Danes here. They also have a very promising young player in Ajax’s 20 year old Kasper Dolberg though I wouldn’t expect him to be starting for them.
Australia made a bit of a meal in qualifying finishing 3rd in their group. Japan won it by a point and Saudi Arabia finished ahead of the Aussies on goal difference, this was followed up by just getting past Syria with a 3-2 aggregate victory before finally beating Honduras 3-1.
The Aussies have played in 13 matches at the World Cup previously, winning just twice; against Japan in 2006 and Serbia in 2010 but they have lost 8 of their other fixtures and on average concede 2 goals per game.
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World Cup Group C Fixtures / Results
|Kazan Arena, Kazan – June 16, 2018 1:00 pm|
|Mordovia Arena, Saransk – June 16, 2018 7:00 pm|
|Cosmos Arena, Samara – June 21, 2018 4:00 pm|
|Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg – June 21, 2018 8:00 pm|
|Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow – June 26, 2018 5:00 pm|
|Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi – June 26, 2018 5:00 pm|
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