Without their most important striker, the Peruvian national team opens on Saturday night, November 11, the duel against New Zealand with a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The match, which brings together the European qualifiers and the fifth placed in South America, will be held at the Westpac stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.
The second playoff match is scheduled for November 16 in Lima. It goes to the Russian World Cup selection that, of course, add more points in the duels. If there is equality, the goal balance and goals scored away from home will be taken into account for the tiebreaker.
New Zealand’s recent performance
With just two World Cup appearances, the 1982 World Cup in Spain and 2018 in South Africa, New Zealand came to reign alone on the continent after Australia, seeking to improve the level of competitiveness of its national team, went on to play the Asian qualifiers.
That does not mean much at the moment, since Oceania has no direct place in the world and needs to play a repechage with a South American team to try to get their place. However, with plans to increase the number of teams competing for the World Cup to 48, the continent is likely to benefit, and that could mean an increase in the number of New Zealanders at the World Cup.
While this reality does not change, New Zealand has to deal with two very different roles. In Oceania is giant in comparison with opponents. The results of the qualifiers show the immense technical superiority of the country, which is not yet completely professional in the modality.
The New Zealanders began their campaign already in the second phase and easily won the group B, which had Solomon Islands, Fiji Islands and Vanuato. He won all three of his games with nine goals and only one.
In the third round, he also finished first placing his key, which then had New Caledonia and Fiji Islands. He added ten (three wins and one draw) of the 12 possible points. He scored six goals and did not have his defense leaked.
In the final playoff against the Solomon Islands, he practically decided the dispute in the first match when, at home, thrashed by 6 to 2. In the second game, in the house of the rival, only managed the wide advantage and was in the tie by 2 to 2.
This big technical difference in comparison to local rivals is reversed when New Zealanders take selections from other continents. In three friendlies (Northern Ireland, Belarus and Japan) and three matches for the Confederations Cup (Mexico, Portugal and Russia) against opponents from other continents were six defeats with just two goals scored.
To try to ‘make up’ for this clear technical inferiority, coach Anthony Hudson called for the experience and called on veterans like Rory Fallon and Jeremy Brockie, who had been left behind, to face the Peruvians. The calls were:
Goalkeepers: Max Crocombe, Stefan Marinovic, Glen Moss;
Defenders: Michael Boxall, Kip Colvey, Andrew Durante, Dane Ingham, Winston Reid, Storm Roux, Tommy Smith, Themi Tzimopoulos, Deklan Wynne;
Socks: Clayton Lewis, Michael McGlinchey, Marco Rojas, Ryan Thomas, Bill Tuiloma;
Attackers: Kosta Barbarouses, Jeremy Brockie, Rory Fallon, Monty Patterson, Shane Smeltz and Chris Wood.
The current form of Peru
Since the last round of the South American qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Peruvian fans have experienced moments of euphoria and depression. The great point of celebration was the goalless draw against Argentina on the seventeenth round of the dispute that left the Peruvians’ feet the chance to win the direct spot if they defeated Colombia at home on the final day.
The first peak of depression came with a 1-1 draw. The Peruvians then finished in fifth place with 26 points (seven wins, five draws and six losses). That way, he would have to face the recap.
However, on balance, the situation was considered positive, since the team secured the chance to continue fighting for a vacancy that has not reached since the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Moreover, she ended up being benefited by the tapetão in this dispute.
Inside the field, the Peruvians were defeated by Bolivia. However, the result was reversed following the request of the Chileans, who had tied with the Bolivians. FIFA (International Football Federation) turned the two results into the victories of the Chilean and Peruvian teams due to an irregular player’s scoring by the Bolivians.
If the results of the four lines were maintained, the Peru squad would be outclassed by Chile and would not even have the chance to play the recapture.
However, the second and deepest moment of depression of the Peruvians happened on the eve of the beginning of preparation for the duels with the New Zealanders. After being caught in an anti-doping test carried out after the match against Argentina for illegal substance use, striker Paolo Guerrero has been suspended for 30 days and, therefore, will not be allowed to participate in the repechage.
An important shock, because the athlete of Flamengo is the absolute holder of the selection. For his place, Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca turned to Yordy Renya, a 24-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps player who plays for MLS, the top professional soccer league in the United States.
Thus, the list of available athletes for the recapture began to consist of:
Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz-MEX), Carlos Cáceda (University-PER) and José Carvallo (UT Cajamarca-PER);
Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advíncula (Lobos Buap-MEX), Alberto Rodríguez (University), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Christian Ramos (Emelec), Luis Abram (Sporting Cristal), Anderson Santamaría Trauco (Flamengo) and Nilson Loyola (Melgar);
Socks: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap-MEX), Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City), Sergio Peña (Granada), Paolo Hurtado (Vitória de Guimarães), Christian Cueva (São Paulo), Edison Flores
History of matches New Zealand and Peru
Before the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the teams had never faced each other.
The technical loss with Guerrero’s exit is significant. However, it is difficult to quantify the psychological shock caused by the suspension of the attacker. The scenario makes the guess in the draw a good option for the first match. Has a price of 3.40 in Bet365. Success of constituents pays 5.00 and visitors earn 1.80 per invested real.