Peru World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_imgRECORD IN QUALIFYINGIn the CONMEBOL qualifying, Peru sneaked into fifth place, pipping Chile to the spot on goal difference. They had a bit of lucky go their way with Bolivia playing an ineligible player against them, resulting in a default 3-0 victory, despite losing the match 2-0. Overall their record was seven wins, five draws and six defeats, with 27 goals scored and 26 conceded.Having finished fifth, though, they need a play-off to secure a spot in Russia. New Zealand were their opponents from Oceania and after cagey 0-0 first leg away from home they won 2-0 on home soil, thanks to strikes from Farfan and Christian Ramos.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSThe Incas played three matches ahead of the tournament against Scotland, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden. The sides offered varying tests and saw Los Incas fiddle with their choices against decent opponents, with the Scottish the only nation who haven’t qualified for the tournament. Gareca and his side will have got a feel for the standard of group opponents Australia by playing Saudi Arabia and got in a good rest too with the final match against the Swedes coming seven days before their tournament opener with Denmark.BASE CAMPArena Khimki, MoscowPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia. ONE TO WATCHKeep an eye on Edison Flores. The 2018 World Cup has got the potential to be a breakout tournament for the left winger who currently plies his trade in Denmark with Aalborg.In the Peru squad, Flores is the second highest scoring having netted nine times and is also a creative influence when either out wide or through the middle. He’s not one to hug the byline and he’s often extremely happy to drift inside but doesn’t seem to like using his right foot too much, which could be exposed on the biggest stage of all.FIXTURESSaturday, June 16: Peru v DENMARK (Mordovia Arena, Saransk) – kick-off 17:00Thursday, June 21: FRANCE v Peru (Central Stadium, Yekatarinburg) – kick-off 16:00Tuesday, June 26: AUSTRALIA v Peru (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi) – kick-off 15:00KITS 4 4 Peru are back and ready to take part in a fifth World Cup. takes an in-depth look at the Group C nation.MANAGERArgentine head coach Ricardo Gareca already has an interesting history with the nation he will take to the finals in Russia. Capped 20 times in the 1980s, he was the man who put Argentina through to the 1986 edition of the tournament – but at the hands of Peru. In the final match of the CONMEBOL Group 1 qualifications, his strike with nine minutes of the match sent the Albiceleste to Mexico, while the unlucky losers eventually missed out on a place via the play-off stage. Gareca, despite his heroics, was not picked for the 1986 tournament, missing out just like Peru.Now he will finally make his World Cup bow and take Los Incas there himself in a brilliant tale for all involved. Known as El Tigre, he’s built a team full of spirit and a will to win, despite lacking star names. If they retain this belief, they’ll prove tough opponents for Denmark, France, and Australia.CAPTAINIt had looked like Alberto Rodriguez would take the armband for Peru in the absence of Paolo Guerrero but the forward is now heading to Russia after a late reprieve.The Flamengo striker, 34, was set to miss the tournament but his suspension for doping has been temporarily lifted by a Swiss court. No only is he the leader of this side, he’s also the nation’s all-time leading goalscorer and is already in fine fettle having scored two goals on his return to international duty against Saudi Arabia.A player with extensive experience, Guerrero has played for Bayern Munich and Hamburg during an excellent career and he’ll be giving his all having been handed his last-minute chance to star at the World Cup.KEY PLAYEROne of the most recognisable faces of the Peruvian squad, Jefferson Farfan could be the main man for the South Americans. He’s hit some great form this season with Lokomotiv Moscow as they won the Russian Premier League. He scored 10 goals in 22 starts as he drifted around the first XI, playing roles as both a forward and as a right winger.His adaptability will make him essential for head coach Gareca, helping the Peruvians acclimatise to opposition tactics. He also represents a threat from set-pieces and holds plenty of guile, which could come in handy against the likes of Australia and Denmark. He was vital to their World Cup qualification and will be looking to give himself and his team-mates legendary status in their homeland with a good showing in 2018.last_img