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The duel against Venezuela next Tuesday will have very special seasonings for Ricardo Gareca. Precisely the ‘Vinotinto’ was the first rival that the Argentine faced as coach of the peruvian team. Now, the ‘Tiger’ has the obligation to triumph in Caracas to continue dreaming of qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, but it will not be an easy mission.
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There will be some nostalgia next Tuesday afternoon. Ricardo Gareca He began his adventure as coach of the ‘Blanquirroja’ on March 31, 2015 in a friendly match against Venezuela, played in the United States. The match ended 1-0 in favor of the ‘Vinotinto’, after a goal from Josef Martínez.
In that clash that marked his debut, the Argentine coach lined up with Gallese in goal; Advíncula, Zambrano, Ramos and Céspedes in the defensive back; Ballón, Tapia, Hurtado and Carrillo in the medullary area; Jean Deza as playmaker and Ávila as center forward.
The variants he used were Benavente, Cueva, ‘Canchita’ Gonzales and Ruidíaz. While, among the great absences, Paolo Guerrero could not be considered in said friendly due to a suspension and Jefferson Farfán still carried a knee injury.
After that defeat, Ricardo Gareca He faced Venezuela six more times in official matches and did not fall again. Thus, the Argentine strategist has a positive balance against the ‘Vinotinto’: three wins and three draws. But it is no reason to trust.
|04/01/2015||Friendly||Peru 0-1 Venezuela|
|06/19/2015||America Cup||Peru 1-0 Venezuela|
|03/25/2016||Playoffs||Peru 2-2 Venezuela|
|03/24/2017||Playoffs||Venezuela 2-2 Peru|
|06/15/2019||America Cup||Venezuela 0-0 Peru|
|06/27/2021||America Cup||Venezuela 0-1 Peru|
|09/06/2021||Playoffs||Peru 1-0 Venezuela|
In the balance of goals, Peru scored seven against Venezuela and only conceded four. The national team scorers in those six games were Paolo Guerrero (2), André Carrillo (2), Raúl Ruidíaz (1), Christian Cueva (1) and Claudio Pizarro (1).
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– Visitor status –
It is urgent for the Peruvian team to win when they visit Venezuela. Many chances of the ‘Blanquirroja’ depend on that key game and Ricardo Gareca is aware of it. In fact, there is only one antecedent of the Argentine coach facing a challenge in the ‘Vinotinto’ field.
The first and only time that Gareca led a game of the national team, as a visitor, against Venezuela was in March 2017 for the Qualifiers towards Russia 2018. That clash culminated in a draw (2-2) and was played in the city of Maturín, State of Monagas.
The wet field made the game difficult in some areas, but both teams had to deal with it. In fact, Peru managed to generate good scoring opportunities in the first half, but did not have the effectiveness of Venezuela, who went ahead with the goals of Mikel Villanueva (24 ′) and Rómulo Otero (40 ′).
However, the ‘Blanquirroja’ managed to reverse this adverse situation in the second half. As soon as the referee had whistled, the national team managed to discount with a goal from André Carrillo after a great collective play started by ‘Orejas’ Flores.
After 63 minutes of play, Paolo Guerrero rose higher than all in the rival area after a corner and managed to connect the ball perfectly with his head to celebrate the 2-2 match. Peru continued to arrive with danger and Venezuela also had theirs, but the marker did not move again.
Thus, Gareca’s balance when visiting Venezuela is officially a tie for more than four years. Now, in a different field than in 2017, the ‘Tigre’ will go on the hunt for an important victory. At the Olympic Stadium (UCV) in Caracas, the national team hopes to get the three points and continue to climb the qualifying table.