De Futebol Peru Gets Their First Win! A 2-0 shutout over Australia!

Peru defeated Australia 2-0 in their final match of the World Cup in Group C.

France won Group C with a nil-nil draw against Denmark.

Both the French and the Danes are on to the round of sixteen

Peru finished third with three points.

The Daily Mail:” Peru striker Paolo Guerrero, who spent seven months fighting a drugs ban just to be in Russia, scored an emotional goal to knock Australia out of the World Cup in a 2-0 victory played in what was a carnival atmosphere in Sochi.

The goal, together with a wonderful strike by Watford’s Andre Carrillo, may not be enough to send the South Americans through — they were already destined to go home — but Guerrero’s journey has been such that it will nevertheless go down in Peruvian football history.

The captain feared he would never get to play in a World Cup after being banned for 14 months for testing positive for traces of cocaine.

But a fierce legal battle to clear his name – he claims the traces came from a drink Peruvians used to reduce the effects of playing at altitude – together with a letter signed by all captains of Group C rivals Australia, France and Denmark eventually earned him a temporary reprieve while his appeal is considered.

So when the 34 year-old hooked home a second half shot to seal Peru’s first victory of the tournament and end Australia’s dreams, the 26,000 Peru fans packed into the Fisht Stadium went into meltdown.

For Australia, whose own fans also travelled in numbers, it marks the end of an era because coach Bert Marwijk will now be stepping down and replaced by Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold.

In truth they never looked like making the Dutchman’s reign last any longer.

As it happens even a victory here would not have been enough with group rivals France and Denmark drawing – but the Socceroos were not at the races anyway.

They had enough energy and enough ball possession to challenge for the last 16 but a lack of cutting edge, after also losing to France and drawing with Denmark, was evident from the start.

In fact they leave Russia without having scored a goal from open play, with Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak’s two penalties their only contribution.

The irony is that it was Jedinak who signed the letter to FIFA urging them to allow Guerrero to play in the tournament and Peru’s captain, after thanking the Villa man before kick-off, was the architect of Australia’s demise.

He set up the opening goal after 19 minutes when Miguel Trauco’s ball over the top of the Australian defence found him on the left. The Flamengo striker’s chipped cross to the edge of the area was volleyed home first-time, across goalkeeper Matt Ryan, by Carillo, who joined Watford on loan last season from Benfica with a view to a permanent transfer.

It was Peru’s first goal of the tournament having lost their opening two matches 1-0, and it couldn’t have been celebrated any more loudly had it been scored in a semi-final.

Australia threatened briefly to make a comeback after that but never truly had the self belief or the skill in the final third to make it happen.

Tom Rogic’s weaving run and shot, saved by Pedro Gallese, almost pulled them level in the first half and the Celtic man, coming from deep, was a danger early on.

He also helped set up Mathew Leckie for what seemed a tap-in until Anderson Santamaria brilliantly denied him with a sliding challenge six yards from goal.

That lack of ruthlessness cost the Aussies dear in the end because Peru made it 2-0 following a neat 50th-minute break down the left flank which left the impressive Christian Cueva to set up his captain to score.

Cue mayhem and a cacophony of noise inside the Fisht Stadium.

The only way Australia could add to the drama was by bringing on veteran Tim Cahill to play in his fourth World Cup at the age of 38.

That’s exactly what they did in a bid to rescue their tournament but despite one blocked effort there was nothing the Millwall man could do to save his team – and Peru almost made it 3-0 when Flores’ shot hit the post.

Sadly for Cahill, in what is probably his last cap, the game will be remembered not for what Australia did but for Peru, their wonderful fans and their talismanic striker.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5887791/Australia-0-2-Peru-Socceroos-Carrillo-Guerrero-goals.html

De Futebol France shutout Peru! Voce Vai Peru!

France defeated Peru 1-0 to advance to the round of sixteen. Peru is sent packing.

The Guardians Amy Lawrence:” The audacity of youth was unfurled all its swaggering glory. Kylian Mbappé bounded off after scoring the match-winner to decide an absorbing game, his first on this stage, and one that could not have been easier. Then he suddenly stopped and shrugged, as if to say, what is the fuss all about?

Life moves pretty fast for Mbappé. The whirlwind forward, already the most expensively valued teenager in football, became France’s youngest ever goalscorer at a major tournament and took it all in that easy stretch of a stride.

He broke a record that had stood since the World Cup in 1998 (just a few months before he was born) when David Trezeguet scored against Saudi Arabia. In a moment of sweet symmetry, a grey-suited Trezeguet just happened to be watching on from the stands in Ekaterinburg, a guest of honour for this match.

It was riveting, its tightly bound emotions propelling both teams to give everything to reach their stated goal. France found a mix of enough style and substance to seal qualification. Unfortunately for Peru, their was no reward for their gutsy, energised display. A second defeat ends their hopes of reaching the next round, even if the adventure off the pitch with their army of fervent supporters will go on for the next game at least. At times this felt like the Lima of the Urals, with Peru’s bouncing red and white mass crammed into the seats that had lain empty for Egypt against Uruguay.

The excitement levels were raised in the 6th minute when Yoshimar Yotún tried an audacious lob from close to the half way line. It skimmed the roof of Hugo Lloris’s net. France needed sangfroid. When they pieced together some early possession the whistles cascaded down from the stands, so they needed to master the atmosphere as well as the technical questions of the game all at once.

The inclusion of Olivier Giroud, designed to give the team more balance and to allow others around him to have more freedom to do damage, made an instant impression. Giroud bustled up front, fighting for possession and looking every inch the big man towering over Peru’s defenders. He gave France a target that was perfect for Antoine Griezmann and Mbappé to buzz around. They put Peru under pressure with a series of chances which all originated from Giroud’s knock-downs and buildup play. Griezmann twice darted on to shoot. Mbappé was sandwiched by defenders as he sped onto another assist. The chances, ominously for Peru, kept coming as the influential Paul Pogba let fly from long range and Raphaël Varane glanced wide from a corner.

Peru had to hang on, regain a footing, and they suddenly found room to carve an opening on the half hour mark. Miguel Trauco’s cross sliced through the France defence and Paolo Guerrero intuitively stepped in front of Samuel Umtiti for a one-on-one with Lloris. He shot low but it was close enough for the France keeper to parry.

The response came quickly. Pogba won the ball off Guerrero in the centre of midfield and played a clever pass for Giroud, whose effort took a looping ricochet off Alberto Rodríguez. The ball spun, almost in slow motion, and as Peru’s stranded goalkeeper could only helplessly watch the trajectory Mbappé arrived to tap into the empty net.

The moments when Mbappé and Greizmann put set the afterburners purring were too much for Peru. Mbappé even began to showboat, with a flick here and a chop there, enjoying the opportunity to express himself.

Ricardo Gareca made changes at half-time. Desperate measures and all that. On came Jefferson Farfán to provide another attacking option paired with Guerrero. Peru were soon on the attack, and Pedro Aquino shot with glorious power and swerve only to see his effort crack against a post.

Peru had fresh wind in their sails and swarmed forward with extra intent. The crosses were fizzed in, André Carillo swept a shot over the bar and Luis Advíncula smashed in another that was even more fierce. Farfán whipped in from an angle and hit the side-netting. The crowd did their utmost to will one of these opportunities in as the emotion swirled around the stadium.

It was not to be. Lloris collected his 100th cap without ever being overly troubled and France advance emboldened by their improvement.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/21/france-peru-world-cup-group-c-match-report

De Futebol Peru is Back. The Result is not so good! A 1-0 loss to Denmark

Peru’s Christian Cueva wore the choke collar when he spilt the uprights O’ Yea wrong sport in dying moments of the first half against Denmark that could have given the Peruvians the one nil lead in the 45th minute plus one.

The missed gift sent into orbit was the match changer. Denmark came back to nab the match winner in the 59th minute. Yussuf Poulsen tickled the twines for the 1-0 win for the Danes over Peru’s.

Peru’s players were crushed by this heart-breaking loss.

The Guardians Stuart James:” A landmark day for Peru, who returned to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982, ended with a sobering reminder of just how cruel football can be at times. Yussuf Poulsen scored the goal that broke Peru hearts on a night that turned into a personal ordeal for Christian Cueva, who had to be consoled by his teammates after his awful penalty, which was awarded following a pitchside review by the referee, sailed wildly over the bar just before half-time.

Cueva struggled to keep his emotions together at the time as he fought back tears and the midfielder was still shaking his head at the final whistle, along with plenty of other Peru players, as the team whose colourful supporters have travelled to Russia in such huge numbers, capturing the imagination of people from all over the world, struggled to come to terms with a chastening defeat.

Even Åge Hareide, Denmark’s coach, conceded Peru deserved something from a game that slipped from their grasp just before the hour, when Christian Eriksen came to life and delivered one of those killer passes. Poulsen, who had brought down Cueva for the penalty, coolly dispatched his shot inside the near post and the Peru fans briefly fell silent.

It did not take long for them to regain their voices and, buoyed by the introduction from the bench of Paolo Guerrero, their all-time leading scorer, the tens of thousands of Peru supporters inside the stadium willed their team to get an equaliser. That the players came up short was down to a combination of profligacy, bad luck and an outstanding performance from Kasper Schmeichel, the Denmark goalkeeper, who denied Edison Flores, Guerrero and Jefferson Farfán in the second half. Guerrero also back-heeled inches wide and Alberto Rodríguez headed agonisingly past the far upright.

Denmark have gone 533 minutes without conceding a goal but that run should have come to an end before the interval. Bakary Gassama, the Gambian referee, initially waved for play to continue when Cueva tumbled to the floor under a challenge from Poulsen and it appeared as though no penalty would be given.

Then, however, Gassama got word from the VAR that he should look at the incident on the pitchside monitor. Although the contact was slight, the footage clearly showed that Poulsen caught Cueva’s trailing leg, and Gassama pointed to the spot. For all the criticism of VAR and the concerns voiced beforehand, the process was relatively quick and ultimately the correct decision was reached.

What nobody could legislate for is what would happen next. Giving himself a long run-up, Cueva stuttered before sweeping a right‑footed kick horribly over the bar and into the supporters behind the goal. Cueva looked absolutely devastated moments afterwards, so much so that when the half-time whistle blew he was surrounded by Peru players, including the substitutes. “At half-time we told him he had to keep playing the same,” said Ricardo Gareca, the Peru coach, whose team had been unbeaten in 15 matches.

The missed penalty was a huge reprieve for a Denmark side who created little throughout. With Eriksen on the fringes in the first half, they were guilty of knocking too many long balls and overly dependent on set pieces. Hareide called his team’s display “tentative” and also admitted that Denmark’s players had struggled to cope with the noise inside a stadium that must have felt like a home venue for the Peru players. “We were afraid a little bit of the atmosphere and it did affect us,” he said.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/16/peru-denmark-world-cup-match-report

De Futebol- Peru Advances to the 2018 World Cup

Peru defeated New Zealand 2-0 to advance to 2018 World Cup.

The Daily Mail:” Peru became the 32nd and final nation to qualify for next summer’s 2018 World Cup as they overcame New Zealand in the second leg of their playoff.

Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos fired Peru to a deserved 2-0 victory in Lima, four days after the sides had played out a goalless draw in Wellington.

Peru were much the better side and deservedly booked their place at the World Cup finals for a fifth time — their first appearance since 1982.

And the win sparked wild celebrations from players and fans alike both inside the stadium and on the streets of Lima, with fireworks set off and beer flowing.

Peruvian fans had targeted the New Zealand team hotel with fireworks overnight in an attempt to leave the visitors sleepy and sluggish.

The tactic appeared to work as Peru startled the All Whites early on and almost took the lead on three minutes when Luis Advincula was denied by the crossbar.

New Zealand lined up narrowly, forcing their opponents to play wide — something Peru were more than happy to do.

Peru’s overlapping full backs frequently got in behind to fire in dangerous crosses which worried the busy Stefan Marinovic in the New Zealand goal.

Marinovic flapped at one cross, as did West Ham centre back Winston Reid, who was lucky not to be penalised for handball midway through the first half.

Moments after Reid got away with a possible handball, Christian Cueva did likewise. Peru’s No 8 may have used his arm to help him control a long pass on the left touchline, before driving inside and rolling the ball into the path of Farfan, who lashed high into the net.

Farfan celebrated by holding up a No 9 shirt in honour of Peru striker Paolo Guerrero, who missed the match through suspension after failing a doping test.

Cueva was too hot for the Kiwi defenders to handle and another jinking run almost led to a second goal before the interval.

Peru came close again during the first half and were denied by a superb double save from Marinovic, who parried a long-range Miguel Trauco effort before keeping out Farfan’s rebound.

New Zealand looked at the most dangerous from set-pieces and one almost bore fruit in the 45th minute but Reid headed just over.

Peru were given another warning shortly after the restart as a looping Kip Colvey cross was met by the head of Chris Wood. He powerfully nodded towards goal, prompting Pedro Gallese into action, although his fine save was ultimately unnecessary as Wood was penalised for climbing on a defender.

With the fear that they were only one away goal from elimination, Peru began to get edgy as the second half wore on.

But Ramos settled the nerves inside the Estadio Nacional when he poked home after New Zealand had failed to clear a corner.

Peru are ranked 10th in the world and will therefore go into pot two for the World Cup draw, which takes place on December 1.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5087591/Peru-2-0-New-Zealand-Final-World-Cup-qualifier-confirmed.html#ixzz4ybKtLlCV

De Futebol Brasil wins and Chile is out of the 2018 World Cup

Brasil blows out Chile 3-0. The loss killed Chile’s shot a 2018 World Cup spot. The loss drops the Chileans into sixth place with 26 points. Peru has 26 points tambem. Peru is a plus one while Chile is a minus one.

Chile is out and Peru is on to the playoff round of the 2018 World Cup.

The Daily Mail:” Alexis Sanchez and Chile will have to watch the World Cup from home after being dumped out of qualifying on a night of high drama in South America.

With all eyes on Lionel Messi and Argentina, who faced the real prospect of missing out on the tournament but ultimately made it through after coming from behind to beat Ecuador, Paulinho and Gabriel Jesus struck for a Brazil side long assured of their place to ensure Chile were the major casualties as they missed out on a play-off on goal difference as they were pipped by Peru.

Paulinho profited from an error by Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to poke home the first before Manchester City man Jesus found an open net just two minutes later following a stunning piece of skill from Neymar.

Chile could find no answer as they desperately searched for a route to Russia, with Bravo sent up in search of a goal, but as play broke down Brazil cleared to Jesus who beat the Chilean goalkeeper in a foot race to find an empty net.

The back-to-back Copa America winners sunk to their knees and lay flat out on the turf at the final whistle, with the team ranked ninth in the world facing up to the prospect of having to watch next summer’s football festival from home.

The hosts went into the game as the only South American side to have punched their ticket and had the better of the opening exchanges in Sao Paulo and spent the majority of the half on the front foot, but only really tested Claudio Bravo in the Chile goal when Neymar scrambled through and forced the Manchester City goalkeeper to get down well to save at his near post.

Lionel Messi’s first-half rescue act for Argentina, which saw the Barcelona man strike twice to turn things around and give them the lead in Ecuador after conceding early, left Chile in a precarious position as they slipped to fourth, knowing falling behind would see them down to fifth and facing the prospect of a play-off against New Zealand.

But they stood firm heading into half-time and managed some late pressure on the Brazil back-line without ever forcing Ederson into action in the Brazil goal.

Chile, though were in serious trouble as the hour mark approached, with Brazil scoring twice to cast major doubts over their place in Russia. First, Paulinho profited after Claudio Bravo spilled a Dani Alves free-kick into his path, before Gabriel Jesus found an open goal when slotted in by Neymar just minutes later.

As it stood Chile were missing out completely, but the picture changed again when Colombia took the lead against Peru, which saw Sanchez and Co jump back into the play-off place.

That place was again lost with 10 minutes to play as Peru grabbed an equaliser against Colombia and, with Chile desperately looking for a leveler, Jesus slotted the second as he beat Bravo in a foot race after the visiting goalkeeper had been sent forward for a corner.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4968360/Brazil-3-0-Chile-Alexis-Sanchez-dumped-World-Cup.html#ixzz4vAADL0jE

De Futebol Messi’s hat trick leads Argentina to a berth in the 2018 World Cup

Lionel Messi led the way with a hat trick to lead Argentina’s destruction of Ecuador 3-1. Couple this win with Brasil’s shut out 3-0 win over Chile and Peru and Colombia tied one all gave Argentinos third place and a spot in the 2018 World Cup.

Peru earns a playoff spot with their one all tie against Colombia.

Brasil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Colombia have their tickets punched for the World Cup.

The Guardian wrote on the Argentina win:” Argentina conceded after just 37 seconds in their must-win game against Ecuador, but Lionel Messi came to the rescue as his side booked their place at next summer’s World Cup.

The No10 hit a brace in the first half in Quito and capped off a stellar performance as he completed his hat-trick with a stunning chip over keeper Maximo Banguera just after the hour mark.

Romario Ibarra stunned the away fans – and perhaps all of South America – as he nodded on a ball lofted high into the danger area and sloppy defence from Argentina allowed the Ecuadorian space to slot it in past Sergio Romero in the opening minute.

But Messi, who is now the all-time leading goalscorer in South American qualifying, played a deft one-two with Angel di Maria to level things up after 12 minutes and then put his side in front eight minutes later with a strike from just inside the box.

Ecuador continued to press in search of an equaliser as Argentina failed to kill the game off, allowing the home side to attack well into the second half.

It was a moment of brilliance which proved to be the difference. The Argentina talisman took the ball in space about 40 yards out from goal, weaved his way to the edge of the box and was able to lob Banguera – six yards off his line – as he lost his balance and fell to the floor.

Argentina were looking in danger of not making the 2018 World Cup in Russia going into the final group games, following a torrid campaign in which they had only scored 16 goals in 17 games.

Low points were numerous, and a 2-0 loss to Bolivia in March saw the end of Edgardo Bauza’s short stint as boss as Jorge Sampaoli took the reins.

Since then, three draws put Argentina on the brink of not making the World Cup for the first time since 1970. They then travelled to Quito – a place where they have not won since 2001 – but bagged all three points to guarantee a trip to Russia.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/11/lionel-messi-hat-trick-secures-argentinas-passage-to-world-cup

De Futebol Chile is a step closer to making the 2018 World Cup

Chile scored a late goal to beat Ecuador 2-1. Alexis Sanchez nailed the match winner in the 86th minute.

The Daily Mail:” Chile survived a late scare to beat Ecuador 2-1 on Thursday and keep alive their hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia as they moved into third-place in the 10-team South American qualifying group.

The top four teams qualify automatically for Russia with the fifth-placed side facing Oceania champions New Zealand in a two-legged play-off.

With just one game remaining, Brazil are the only South American side to have guaranteed their spot, with Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Peru all dependent on results in Tuesday’s final round of matches.

Copa America champions Chile have perhaps the toughest task in their final match, against Brazil in Sao Paulo.

The five-times world champions have never lost a World Cup qualifier at home.

Chile have failed to sparkle this year, losing three of their last four qualifiers before Thursday.

However, Tigres striker Eduardo Vargas helped them back to their winning ways with a goal after 22 minutes.

Alexis Sanchez stole the ball on the edge of the box and fed midfielder Jorge Valdivia and his pass left Vargas in space 12 yards out to crash the ball past keeper Maximo Banguera.

Romario Ibarra equalised for Ecuador with eight minutes remaining but Sanchez was on hand three minutes later when Banguera could only parry a shot on the edge of the six-yard box.

Sanchez then had the simplest of tasks slipping the ball home for the winner.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4954198/Chile-2-1-Ecuador-Alexis-Sanchez-nets-late-winner.html#ixzz4ugpJJTOQ