Peru intends to revive the special bond of the play-off game vs World Cup. Australia in Qatar


Here we go again. For the second time in a row in the World Cup qualifiers, Peru’s fate is decided by the playoffs and once again they are a familiar opponent. Australia, with its beautiful outback landscape, native culture, schooners, Kylie Minogue and Miles Jedinak. This is where my appreciation for you ends. At least until Tuesday.

Peru will face Australia for the final spot (Costa Rica and New Zealand will reach the final the next day) and Qatar will have the opportunity to join France, Denmark and Tunisia. Once again, as in 2018, three of the four countries will be in the same group at the World Cup. The two groups met on the last day of the stage as La Blancerroja Said goodbye and Their first World Cup victory since 1978 was a 2-0 victory over Sucrose. So there is some recent history because four years later, the two sides are reuniting and the stereotypes have already taken precedent. Peruvians think every Australian eats vegmite and Australians think that if you make fun of Paddington beer it hurts Peruvians (for the record, it’s not true. Especially Paddington. I love it. Yes, but none of the Peruvians claim it to be ours, because you know, it was created by Michael Bond. Although I love Marmalade, I emigrated to England and I’m from Peru So I guess I’m more Paddington than Paddington).

Just west of Doha, Ar-Ryan, is the venue for the game, which in itself proves to be an objectionable decision, as the whole point of moving the competition to November was because there was so much to deal with the Qatari heat in June. Was more And July. Unfortunately, at least it’s evening time according to local time so the temperature should be more appropriate, and both teams have plenty of time to adjust. To be honest, the tournament raises a lot of questions as it is and there is no doubt that every conscience fan is dealing with conflicting emotions for this World Cup, so in June in Doha it Playing games is the least.

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Nevertheless, Peru’s unique relationship with the World Cup writes another page and this time it is in the Middle East. Luck is with Ricardo Greca and his overseers and the whole nation is waiting. As I write this, Peru is talking about a national holiday so everyone can see it. But let’s be honest, you don’t have to ask a Peruvian to take a day off to see this repetition. They are ignoring it. Peru’s ambassador to Qatar expects thousands of Peruvians to be present. To the Qataris, they will probably feel like millions.

Let’s get to that.

Before I get to the squad review, let me be clear and unbiased. According to Caesar Sportsbook, the play-off match, on paper, is in favor of Peru, which sits at 140. The South Americans have the strongest squad, play in a more competitive qualifying region, have international experience (in international tournaments and World Cups) and have a more experienced manager who is almost better than any other coach. But he knows how to manage the game. In Latin America, I will also discuss globally. There is a collective understanding between Garika and his team as they have now been together for almost 100 matches. So if Peru fails to win, it will be because of their own return, and that’s what Australia can rely on. This is a game. And it doesn’t matter. So stop Peru’s on-paper domination and change the script. After all, this is not an easy task.

Goalkeeper Pedro Gallis told a pre-match press conference that the group was stronger than it was four years ago. “We are ready to qualify. It took us a long time to get there and we will not let him go.”

Is this Peruvian side stronger than 2018? Probably. maybe not. This is a good question, depending on how you evaluate it. The likes of Renato Tapia, Andre Carrillo, Yoshimar Yotun, Luis Advincula, Gallese and Christian Cueva, for example, all played against Australia in 2018. If he’s not a good player these days, he’s definitely smart. They should start again on Monday. In contrast, the Australian team is very different from the Russian team. Their captain, Matt Ryan, remains their leader and compass. Then there is Aaron Moye, who is only returning to fitness after not playing competitively this season and Chinese Super League team refuses to return to Shanghai Port FCChoosing to stay with the national team. Matthew Leakey of Melbourne FC was also in Russia. Both bikes have some members, but overall, it’s a different aspect. And that doesn’t mean there are no skills. It is simply their inexperience against other nations outside the AFC region. However, moving there helped them compete because they finished third in their third round group after Saudi Arabia and Japan, so why are they in this make or break game. The main absentee is Tom Rojak, a former Celtic who was a creative spark in midfield but dropped out of the squad for personal reasons. He signaled the immediate return of the hair, which looked good but was tired to the end against the UAE. Rojak is a big loss as manager Graham Arnold will have to use all his experience to make up for his absence. Other players to be considered include Martin Boyle, an Australian of Scottish descent, who plays for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Faisali. On the right hand side, his cunning ability, and familiarity with the area, is important.

Australia is dangerous in the air and focuses heavily on counter-attack situations, especially on the right wing. But it is their ability to slow down the game with deadball conditions that will be a focal point. Fortunately for Peru, New Zealand turned out to be a great dress rehearsal earlier this month. They are not as strong as Australia but they present similar challenges. Greca, who was present when Australia defeated the UAE, knows this.

“Australia are a good team that knows what they want,” Greca said before the match. “Their winning percentage is the same as ours. Physically they are a strong team, but so are we. We are in a position to match their physical strength.”

For Peru, the game should be about control. I expect dominance and speed in the occupation, Christian Kiva is pulling the strings. In his day, he is unbeatable. He is the master of his dribbling domain and I fully expect that there will be more miscalculations. Gianluca Lapadula, King of Italian descent, Tacu Tacu Rigatoni would take advantage of any defensive error while Yotun could be the difference. He is the kind of player who only needs a few minutes for any club to feel useful. Ever since Sporting came to Crystal as an independent agent, he looks fresh and dynamic – it’s unbelievable to think that no European sporting director is looking at him. I know he’s 32 but he still has a lot. Again, you can say the same thing about almost all Peruvian players. Low value by all, but liked by Garika. This is especially true of NYCFC’s Alex Callens and Boca Juniors ‘Carlos Zamabrano, who have created a follow-up version of the Mighty Ducks’ Bash brothers. They work very well together and their physical dominance against Australia will be very important. Yuton has not been training with the team for the past few days, but Garika hopes he will be ready to go and has called it a game-time decision.

This passion for our love of Peruvian football and the World Cup is the last thing that will leave you. It comes from struggle, not success, and that’s why – in my opinion – it will always be the biggest fan base in the world. Because it is born of pain. In the words of Nolberto Solano, who spoke to me. What a purpose! A few months ago: “For us, we’ve always had to work hard. We’ve suffered, and still, to the end, we always suffer,” he said. When you hear the Peruvian troupe singing the national anthem, it is a literal cry of joy and reflection. It’s a call for unity, both on and off the pitch.

Victor Frank once said, “What is there to give light, burning must be endured,” and that may be his saying. Nothing is easy for Peru. nothing

Monday’s venue may be in Qatar, but as mentioned earlier, there is no doubt that you will see and hear lots of red and white colors inside and outside the stadium. Those hymns are a historical reminder of past heroic achievements that will hopefully push Peru to its present glory.

Oh, and Monday is my birthday too. So hopefully the celebrations will be doubled. Either way, I would drink Pisco Sours.

Above, Peru. Always with you.

“Only a World Cup can evoke those feelings that people have the ability to do, and we experienced that up close in Russia, where Peruvians came from everywhere, the sacrifices they made. . [It’s] An extraordinary moment. You have to live it, “said Garika.

“This is the moment we all want to experience. We hope to take advantage of this opportunity to return to the World Cup.”

How to view

  • Game: World Cup Qualifying – Intercontinental Playoff
  • History: Monday, June 13 | Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Location: Al Rayyan Stadium – R-Rayyan, Qatar
  • Television: FS1 and Telemundo | Live Stream: fuboTV (Access now)
  • Problems: AUS +350; Draw +210; PER-140 (via Caesars Sportsbook)