The Argentine soccer team will receive Peru today in search of taking a new step to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, again with the support of the fans at the Monumental stadium.
The party, corresponding to the 12th date. of the South American Qualifiers, will begin at 20:30 on the River court, with the refereeing of the Brazilian Wilton Sampaio and will be able to be seen on Public TV and TyC Sports.
In the VAR will be Wagner Reway, also from Brazil, and Ángelo Hermosilla, from Chile.
With captain Lionel Messi as the main attraction, the “albiceleste” returns to appear before his public after the great triumph of Sunday passed over Uruguay 3-0.
In the midst of the idyll with the fans, who once again sold out the available tickets to occupy 50% of the capacity, the team led by Lionel Scaloni will try to stretch the undefeated of 24 games that it has dragged since July 2019 and, at the same time, give a another step towards qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar, which will begin in November next year.
The national team is in second place with 22 points, six behind the leader Brazil and the same distance took out Ecuador and Uruguay, the main pursuers, even with the pending ruling of the suspended classic in Brazil.
Peru, led by Argentine Ricardo Gareca, is out of everything since it is in seventh position with 11 points and not even with a historic and unprecedented victory in Buenos Aires will it be able to reach the playoff zone, which for now belongs to Colombia.
This will be the closing for the last triple qualifying date of this year, since from November two matches per international window will be played again.
Argentina’s next matches will be on November 11 in Montevideo, at the Champion of the Century stadium against Uruguay; and five days later against Brazil, at home, at the San Juan Bicentennial Stadium.
A victory against Peru will leave the champion of America in a very good position, since – with one game less – they will maintain a six-point advantage when 18 remain at stake until the end of qualifying, scheduled for the end of March.
After the goalless draw in Asunción against Paraguay at the start of the series, the national team once again gave the fans an unforgettable night against Uruguay, as had happened in September against Bolivia.
Now, before the third game in a demanding week, Scaloni gave no indication of the formation against Peru but announced that he will make some “adjustments”.
The doubts go through the sides, where Gonzalo Montiel and Nahuel Molina compete for the right zone, while Nicolás Tagliafico and Marcos Acuña do it for the opposite sector.
The rest would be the same team, with the possible return of Ángel Di María by Nicolás González.
Peru comes to this meeting after a tough defeat at the height of La Paz against Bolivia (1-0) when they were already playing with one more player, due to the expulsion of a rival, which overshadowed the good victory against Chile (2-0) in Lima.
The “Tigre” Gareca team will also face the game with many important casualties since the experienced Luis Advíncula, Paolo Guerrero, Renato Tapia, Raúl Ruidíaz, André Carrillo and Edison Flores will not be there.
The “Inca” team needs to add in order not to get away from the illusion of qualifying for the second time in a row to the World Cup, something that has not happened for almost 40 years, when they played Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982.
Peru was never able to beat Argentina as a visitor and dragged a long negative streak of thirteen games: their last victory was in the Copa América in Bolivia in 1997 (2-1).
By qualifying, the last antecedent of a Peruvian victory is even more distant, since it was in Lima on June 23, 1985 (1-0).
= Possible formations
-Argentina: Emiliano Martínez; Gonzalo Montiel or Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi and Marcos Acuña; Ángel Di María, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes and Giovani Lo Celso; Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez. DT: Lionel Scaloni.
-Peru: Pedro Gallese; Jhilmar Lora, Carlos Zambrano, Alexander Callens and Miguel Trauco; Pedro Aquino; Christian Cueva, Cristopher Gonzales, Yoshimar Yotún and Raziel García; Gianluca Lapadula. DT: Ricardo Gareca.
-Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil).
-TV: Public TV and TyC Sports.