Despite just playing the fifth game for the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers, the Peruvian National Team is not in a favorable position in the general table. With just one point from four games, the team led by Ricardo Gareca will go tonight to try to reverse this situation at the National Stadium.
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Against the Peruvian team will be the Colombian team, who is not having a good time either. Although it is true that it has more points than Peru, since Colombia has four units and is in seventh position, the coffee team is not at its best.
Last November, the team led at that time by Carlos Queiroz visited his counterpart in Ecuador. There, Colombia received a historic win: they received a total of six goals to one in Quito. This result generated the departure of the technician and in January of this year Reinaldo Rueda took office.
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Of course, it is not the first time that the team led by Ricardo Gareca will face the Colombian soccer team. In the past, during the Gareca ‘era’, there was a very special and remembered duel between these two teams: the night where Peru qualified for the playoffs for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
As well as this moment, Peru and Colombia have faced each other for Copa América, qualifying and friendlies. What was happening at that time and how was Peru when facing Colombia? Here is a summary of the confrontations between the two teams.
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Colombia, a tough rival to beat
Throughout Ricardo Gareca’s stage as coach of the Peruvian National Team, he has faced Colombia a total of seven times. Of these total matches, Peru has not been able to beat Colombia on any occasion. However, there are four draws over time, one of them with a penalty shootout against Blanquirroja.
In contrast, the Colombian team has won three times against the Peruvian team during the time that Gareca has been a coach. All these definitions have been in the framework of Copa América, friendly matches and qualification for World Cups.
However, this streak does not come from the stage where Gareca is technical. The Peruvian National Team does not beat Colombia at home by Qualifiers since 1981. On that occasion Gerónimo Barbadillo and Julio César Uribe gave Peru victory with one goal each, for qualification for the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
Colombia 0-0 Peru / Copa America 2015
Peru reached the Copa América Chile 2015 with a new coach: Ricardo Gareca. The team led by ‘Tigre’ occupied group C along with Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.
Despite a bad start against Brazil, where Peru lost by 2 goals to 1, on the second round of the tournament the team got all three points against Venezuela. It was Claudio Pizarro who, at 71 minutes of play, managed to score the winning goal for Blanquirroja.
Colombia had beaten Brazil after losing to Venezuela. Therefore, the cross between Peru and Colombia would define the team that would pass as second of the group to the quarterfinals.
The meeting played on June 21 was directed by Nestor Pitana in front of an average of 17 thousand spectators, which ended in a goalless draw. Nonetheless, Peru managed to qualify as second of the group after beating Colombia by a goal in favor of difference in the general table.
As is known, in the Copa América Chile 2015 Peru finished in third place after beating Paraguay 2-0. The Peruvian goals were scored by André Carrillo at 47 ‘and Paolo Guerrero at 87’. Both players could be in front of the coffee team in the game to be played on Tuesday.
Colombia 1-1 Peru / Friendly
Three months after the 2015 Copa América Chile, Peru and Colombia met again in a friendly match in New Jersey. As part of the preparation for the double date of qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where both teams would face each other again in Barranquilla, the final result was the same as the previous one: a draw.
However, this occasion featured goals. On the Colombian side, it was Carlos Bacca who advanced 37 minutes into the first half. However, Jefferson Farfán put the penalty equal to 43 ′ of the second half.
Despite having been a friendly, this match helped Ricardo Gareca to prepare for the next match against Colombia, this time for qualifying for Russia 2018, to be played in a month.
Colombia 2-0 Peru / Qualifiers to Russia 2018
On October 7, 2015, a month after the friendly in the United States, Colombia received Peru, this time in Barranquilla for the start of the Qualifiers. The Peruvian National Team received its first defeat in the Gareca ‘era’ against Colombia.
In a tough game played at high temperatures, Peru could not withstand the onslaught of coffee and lost after receiving two goals from Teófilo Gutiérrez and Edwin Cardona, respectively.
With this, Peru started with zero points in its career towards the World Cup to be played in 2018. However, it is already known how it ended: Peru qualified for the World Cup after 36 years of absence.
Peru 0-0 (2-4) Colombia / Copa América Centenario
In celebration of the 100 years since the creation of CONMEBOL, they visited the United States to compete to see who is the best in South America.
Although the meeting between Peru and Colombia was played in the quarterfinals, it is worth having the previous one. In a group made up of Ecuador, Brazil and Haiti, Peru managed to qualify as first in the group after beating Brazil on the last date. A controversial goal by Raúl Ruidíaz at 74 ‘allowed Blanquirroja to qualify together with Ecuador.
In the direct elimination crossover, Peru tied at zero goals with Colombia in regulation time. However, in penalty shootouts, The Peruvian team failed to qualify after losing 4-2 to Colombia.
Raúl Ruidíaz and Renato Tapia managed to convert their shots into goals. Miguel Trauco and Christian Cueva did not have the same luck and missed their chances. On the side of Colombia, all their players scored.
Peru 1-1 Colombia / Qualifiers to Russia 2018
On October 10, 2017, Peru received Colombia in Lima for the last date of the World Cup qualification in Russia. La Blanquirroja needed a series of results in their favor to be able to qualify in fifth place and be able to access the playoffs.
With Colombia already classified and winning 1-0, an indirect free kick very close to the coffee area gave Paolo Guerrero a chance to equalize the score. Guerrero chose to hit the goal, despite being an indirect foul, but thanks to goalkeeper Ospina touching the ball before it entered the goal, the goal was validated.
The tie between both teams, and with Chile losing by a landslide in Brazil (3-0), left the ‘Red’ out and classified the Peruvians. In the absence of minutes for the game to end, a non-aggression pact was formed between both teams to leave the score as it was and thus achieve the feat.
With this result, Peru played the playoffs against New Zealand. With goals from Jefferson Farfán and Christian Ramos, the ‘Blanquirroja’ qualified for the World Cup after a long 36 years of waiting.
Peru 0-3 Colombia / Friendly
On a double date of friendlies in preparation for the Copa América Brazil 2019, Peru received Colombia in Lima. The game played in June at the National Stadium left a bad feeling in the face of the upcoming competition.
With a double by Mateus Uribe (23 ′ and 65 ′) and a goal by Duván Zapata at the end of the match (90 + 4 ′), Colombia extended its winning streak against Peru playing in the Inca country.
However, after the defeat, Peru managed to play the final of the Copa América after 44 years after a good campaign and memorable matches against Uruguay and Chile in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.
Colombia 1-0 Peru – Friendly
In the last match played between both teams, Colombia was the winner by the smallest difference in the United States. The match, played in Miami, served as preparation for the qualification process for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The Colombia team won with a goal at the last minute from Alfredo Morelos (90 + 3 ′). Since then, La Blanquirroja has not played any friendly match against any team due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19.
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