The Argentine National Team is currently playing against Peru in search of taking a new step to qualify for the Qatar World Cup 2022, and it does so again with the support of the fans at the Monumental stadium.
The match, corresponding to date 12 of the South American Qualifiers, is refereed by the Brazilian Wilton Sampaio and can be seen on Public TV and TyC Sports. In the VAR are Wagner Reway, also from Brazil, and Ángelo Hermosilla, from Chile.
With captain Lionel Messi as the main attraction, the Albiceleste team returns to present themselves before their public after last Sunday’s great triumph over Uruguay 3-0.
With a stadium lit waiting for a new function of the Scaloneta, and after the emotional moment of the anthem, the game began at the scheduled time.
The first chance to score came for Argentina at the feet of Rodrigo De Paul, who in a flurry reached Gallese’s goal, and the ball almost passed by kissing the left stick. Soon the response from Peru would come from a free kick that was well located for Draw Martínez, who after the save, won the ovation of the public.
At 8 minutes a foul on Messi led to a huge opportunity for Scaloni’s men: it was the captain himself who took charge of the execution, and after an exquisite cross, he found Cuti Romero alone and defined the goal. Unfortunately, the VAR verified and gave an advanced position.
Emboldened with the support of the fans, the team who wears blue today once again attacked the Peruvian area with sparks from Di María that for the moment drives his rivals crazy.
At 24 minutes again De Paul, who recovered a rebound, sent a good center that Angelito almost did not get to define well and was lost far from Gallese’s goal. Argentina is more but it cannot break the parity.
Already with half an hour of play, the Inca team waits crouching and defends itself in the zone with several men. In this way the game becomes cut by minutes.
At ’36 again the Scaloneta reached Inca territory but without specifying the objective. This time the Peruvian goalkeeper won in the air and the play faded. 0 to 0 follow.
At 40 minutes Yoshimar Yotún was strong in a ball disputed with Leo Paredes, and he saw the yellow card.
When the clock ticked ’42, the Monumental exploded: a great center from Molina at the head of Lautaro Martínez put the 1-0 for Scaloni’s men.
At ’48, with time expired, referee Wilton Sampaio marked the end of the first half.
The same players who completed the first stage returned to the field.
At 18 minutes the referee scored a penalty from Dra Martinez on the “Foca” Farfán, who had entered instead of Lapadula in the Inca team. Despite this unbeatable opportunity, Yotún smashed his shot to the goalkeeper’s post and the ball was lost outside.
Around ’24 Messi had a free kick on the crescent of the Peruvian area, but his shot was cleared by Gallese who read the play well.
In the 1930s, Lionel Scaloni decided to put his hand in the team and in this way Leandro Paredes and Ángel Di María withdrew from the field. In their place, Guido Rodríguez and Nicolás González enter.
Near the end the line annulled a new goal for the Argentine team, and this time he understood a foul on the Peruvian player when both disputed the ball in the air. Argentina manages the actions, Peru was hit after the wrong penalty.
Final seconds prior to the referee’s whistle, it was Peru who had the last dangerous play after a corner that fortunately ended up far from Martinez’s goal.
Argentina: Emiliano Martínez; Gonzalo Montiel or Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Acuña; Ángel Di María, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez. DT: Lionel Scaloni.
Peru: Pedro Gallese; Jhilmar Lora, Carlos Zambrano, Alexander Callens, Miguel Trauco; Sergio Peña, Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotún; Raziel García, Gianluca Lapadula and Christian Cueva. DT: Ricardo Gareca.
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
TV: Public TV and TyC Sports.