Under Ricardo Gareca’s leadership, Peru has been dominant in the Copa America, losing only to Brazil. Although they were defeated by Brazil by a score of 4-0 in their second Group B match, Peru have won their last 10 Copa matches against all other opponents dating back to 2015.
Peru vs Venezuela Copa America 2021
In 2019, Gareca’s team advanced to the final, where they were defeated 3-1 by Brazil.
However, before thinking about a similar run this year, Peru must avoid a slip-up against the tournament’s underdogs.
Despite being in last place in the group, Venezuela is still in the running for a playoff spot thanks to their two draws against Colombia and Ecuador.
Venezuela only managed 35% possession against Colombia and 31.2% against Ecuador, but still managed to earn a draw in both games.
Nonetheless, Venezuela needs to win in order to advance to the knockout stage for the third consecutive tournament.
Pervunians Press High But Failed to Threaten
The Peruvians planned to attack Venezuela’s deep-seated defence right after the opening whistle.
Constantly pinning the Venezuelans inside their own territory, they made it difficult for the visitors to build attacks from the back.
Peru’s high press strategy paid off as they repeatedly gained possession of the ball in dangerous areas for Venezuela’s offence.
But they were unable to make any of those plays count in the opening period. As a matter of fact, the Venezuelans appeared to be threatening in Peru’s territory.
They created more good scoring opportunities, forcing Peru’s goalkeeper Gallese to work harder than Mexico’s Farinez did.
Copa America 2021 VEN vs PER: Peru beats Venezuela 1-0 to Secure Quarter-Finals Place
Peru defeats Venezuela 1-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2021 Copa America. In the fourth Group B match, Peru defeated Venezuela to advance to the quarterfinals.
During the first period, neither team was able to find the back of the net. After a scoreless first half, Andre Carillo of Peru scored just three minutes into the second.
Peru takes second place in Group B, three points behind Brazil. In the group stage, they went 2-for-3 with wins and a draw to finish in third place. Due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among the team, Venezuela had a tumultuous lead-up to the South American tournament.
With 14 replacement players being sent to face Brazil just days before the tournament began. The Red Wines’ lacklustre Copa performance so far can be directly attributed to the absence of several key players.
None of their three matches have ended in a victory, with one loss and two draws instead.
With the team taking a cautious approach, the first half was dull, leaving fans wondering if there would be any goals.
Different from the first half, the second half got underway. Peru’s high press appeared to be having the desired effect as they sought to defeat Venezuela.
Peru advanced to the knockout stage of the Copa America 2021 after a 1-0 victory over Venezuela on Matchday 5. Venezuela, winless in this competition, is eliminated.
After a disappointing showing in the Conmebol World Cup Qualifier, La Blanquirroja was considered an underdog at the start of the tournament. However, Ricardo Gareca’s squad improved with each match and finished second in Group B, behind only Brazil.
Thanks to a goal by André Carrillo from a corner, Peru took home their second victory of the tournament. After showing such resiliency in wins over Colombia and Ecuador, La Vinotinto crumbled in this match, failing to score despite having a few good scoring opportunities.