Peru vs Brazil H2H – Incas hope to break WCQ duck

Brazil arrive in Lima, Peru for the 2nd round of CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers following an emphatic 5-1 victory over Bolivia in the opening round last week. Meanwhile, Peru returned home from Ciudad del Este after a well-earned goalless draw with Paraguay as they held out for much of the game with ten men.

The Incas are hoping to break their World Cup Qualifying duck against the Verdeamarelha, having never won against the five-time World Cup winners in this competition. In fact, the only time Peru have won against Brazil in Lima was the 1953 Copa America – a solitary Luis Navarrete goal. It is also worth remembering that the hosts greatest ever defeat was at the hands of the samba stars, a 7-0 reverse in Santa Cruz, Bolivia during the 1997 Copa America.

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Peru vs Brazil H2h: The story so far

The sides first met at the continental level, a 1936 Copa America group game at San Lorenzo’s ground in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  That match, which took place just after Christmas on 27th December, was a 3-2 win for the Seleção . Brazil have gone on to win the lion’s share of games since then, they have been victorious in 72.5% of the meetings between these sides.

  • Peru wins: 5
  • Draws: 9
  • Brazil wins: 37

Peru have won just a handful of matches, and as mentioned earlier just one came at the Estadio Nacional in Lima where this latest game is set to be played. The two most recent successes for the Blanquirroja has been in the United States, they picked up a friendly win in 2019 in Los Angeles having also won a 2016 Copa America game in Foxborough on the East Coast. Both games were decided by a single goal, arriving in the final 15 minutes.

History in the making

Peru have never began a World Cup Qualifying campaign without conceding a goal in their opening two matches. Should Pedro Gallese pull off another outstanding performance, as he did against Paraguy, they could set this new record. It will, of course, be difficult to stop Neymar who surpassed Pelé as Brazil’s all-time topscorer. The Al-Hilal forward also has six goals in this fixture, more than any other player in the history of Peru vs Brazil.

Peru vs Brazil last five head-to-head record

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Brazil 2-0 Peru (09/09/2021)

A comfortable win in the most recent World Cup Qualifier, Everton Ribeiro and Neymar were on the scoresheet before halftime. The game saw nine yellow cards as tempers flared, it started when three Peru players were booked in eight fiery first half minutes.

Brazil 1-0 Peru (05/07/2021)

Lucas Paquetá sent Brazil to the 2021 Copa America Final with the only goal of the game in an empty Engenhão stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The game was played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning few people were there in person to witness Neymar dancing past three players to assist Paquetá.

Brazil 4-0 Peru (17/06/2021)

Brazil scored four goals at home to Peru for the first time since a friendly in Fortaleza in 1989. However, the game was closer than the scoreline suggested with the hosts grabbing two goals in the final two minutes of the match.

Peru 2-4 Brazil (13/10/2020)

A thrilling game in Lima for the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers saw the Incas ahead twice during the encounter, André Carrillo and Renato Tapia had put them in front. However, Neymar’s hattrick was enough to secure all three points for the visitors.

Brazil 0-1 Peru (10/09/2019)

Peru picked up a rare victory against their opponents in this 2019 friendly played in Los Angeles shortly after the Copa America, that Brazil had won. The game was decided by a late header from Luis Abram to end Brazil’s 17-game unbeaten run.

Pedro Gallese Peru
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Peru vs Brazil final prediction

Brazil proved in the previous game that they weren’t missing Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr., as his stand-in Raphinha put on a match-winning display against Bolivia. Peru are a team in transition and have had plenty of injuries themselves plus the suspension of full back Luis Advíncula.

Everything points to Brazil’s fifth straight win against this opponent, we think 3-1, with Neymar fancied to get on the scoresheet yet again. 

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