Peru seeks to contain Messi and Argentina heading to Qatar


The Argentine team lives its sweetest football moment and he wants to extend that good form this Thursday against Peru, which will try not to lose the fight for fifth place, necessary to access the play-off for the World Cup in Qatar 2022.

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The team led by Lionel Scaloni returns to the Monumental pitch after beating Uruguay on Sunday in the River Plate classic, a match in which Lionel Messi shone again.

After that meeting, the Argentine team, which so far has accumulated six wins and four draws, extended its advantage over the third-placed in the group, Ecuador, which has six points less than Albiceleste despite having played one more game.

For this reason, the main objective of Scaloni and his team this Thursday will be to get their pass to the World Cup in Qatar on track and thus face the matches against Uruguay and Brazil in November with greater tranquility.

“There will be difficult games or that we have to play in another way, but the team dynamics are marked and the feeling is that people feel identified with these players and that is the most important thing. The result is the consequence of all this”, Scaloni commented this Wednesday at a press conference.

Among the novelties of the call, the presence of lateral Marcos Acuña and the loss of forward Joaquín Correa, who this Tuesday trained outside the group due to a muscular overload, stands out.

Regarding the possible starting eleven of Scaloni, there are only doubts on the sides: Nicolás Tagliafico or Marcos Acuña, on the left side; Gonzalo Montiel or Nahuel Molina, on the right.

“We believe that there are nuances that each team has and we have the availability of different players and we take advantage of it, always thinking about being able to improve our team and not so much about the damage that rivals are going to do us,” said Scaloni.

The good moment of the Albiceleste contrasts with the nervousness of Peru, a team that complicated the goal of fifth place after losing 1-0 in La Paz last Sunday.

With this result, Blanquirroja was ranked seventh in the group with eleven units, four less than Colombia, located in fifth place.

The coach Ricardo Gareca, questioned by the poor results, will not be able to count on this Thursday with several of his most outstanding men, such as the right back Luis Advíncula or the defensive midfielder Renato Tapia.

Neither will Paolo Guerrero and Edison Flores be available due to injury, while Sergio Peña will be a doubt until the last moment.

With this discouraging outlook, the Andean team will try to score a point at the River Plate stadium, although the latest results do not invite optimism, since they have only added 4 points out of 15 possible as a visitor.

After this meeting, which will close this window of national team matches, the Albiceleste will return to the pitch on November 11, when they will travel to Montevideo to face Uruguay, while that same day the Blanquirroja will host Bolivia.

– Probable lineups:

Argentina: Emiliano Martínez; Gonzalo Montiel or Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico or Marcos Acuña; Angel Di María, Rodrigo de Paul, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez.

Coach: Lionel Scaloni.

Peru: Pedro Gallese; Jhilmar Lora, Christian Ramos, Alexander Callens, Marcos López; Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotún; Christofer González, Christian Cueva, Gabriel Costa; and Gianluca Lapadula.

Coach: Ricardo Gareca.

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