Brasilia, Brazil.- The coach of Peru, Ricardo Gareca, highlighted this Sunday, after the victory of his team against Venezuela with which he sealed his classification to the quarterfinals of the America Cup, that the most important thing is that they were able to fulfill the first objective of passing the phase.

“The most important thing is that we were able to meet a first objective which is to qualify”, Gareca assured in a press conference after the match that beat Venezuela (0-1), which allowed Peru finish as second classified in group B of the Copa América, only behind Brazil.

The coach congratulated the players and the entire Peruvian delegation since “that was the goal,” qualifying, a challenge for which everyone made “a great effort.”

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After confirming the pass to the quarterfinals in the America Cup, asked to wait “to see the rival” that touches him and prepare “in the best way.”

Regarding the intensity of the match, which caused Venezuela to be eliminated, Gareca maintained that they had “nothing assured”, since a combination of results that included the Peruvian defeat and a victory for Ecuador against Brazil could cause the Blanquirroja to be eliminated. .

Ricardo Gareca directing a match for Peru in the Copa América / EFE

You have to ensure and we had nothing, we were not guaranteed the classification so we take this commitment with great responsibility ”, he stressed.

Finally, he claimed to go “step by step” to see which team will play in the quarterfinals in the America Cup.

After the match of the fifth and final day against Venezuela, Peru finished second in the group with 7 points out of 12 possible only behind the host, Brazil.

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Peru The group stage began with a resounding defeat against Brazil (4-0), beat Colombia (1-2), drew with Ecuador (2-2) and ended with today’s victory against La Vinotinto.


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