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- Peru hosted five times World Champions Brazil at the Estadio Nacional de Lima in a World Cup Qualifier game
- Brazil left it late to snatch the winner from a 90th minute corner after Peru defended bravely throughout the game.
- This makes it two in two for Brazil at the World Cup Qualifiers as they go to the top of the points table in terms of goal difference.
Peru vs Brazil: Timeline
17’ – Raphinha scores following a fabulous ball from Casemiro to Rodrygo who’s volleyed pass isn’t turned home but Raphinha powers in the rebound, albeit after the offside flag was raised.
29’ – The Seleção are denied again by VAR! A first-time cross from the right half-space finds the head of Richarlison, however the Spurs striker is Marginally offside and the goal is canceled following a lengthy VAR check.
90’ – Marquinhos wins the game for Brazil as he smashes in an inswinging corner from Neymar.
The Big Stat
Brazil kept their streak of never losing to the Peruvians at the World Cup qualifiers, making it 6 wins out of 7.
Peru vs Brazil player ratings: Star Man
Neymar (Brazil) – 7.90
The recently crowned record goalscorer of Brazil was at his brilliant best, dominating the middle of the park in his free role, finding spaces to receive the ball in between the lines and wreak havoc from there on.
He found forward passes through Peru’s lines and caused them trouble, he carried the ball into threatening areas like he usually does and then in the dying minutes of the game he delivered the killer ball from a corner for Marquinhos to score the winner.
Peru vs Brazil player ratings: La Blanquirroja fight till the end
Despite a continuous onslaught, the Peru defence held their own, with some help from the VAR, until a late winner from Brazil broke their heart.
Peru player ratings
P.Gallese 6/10: Did his keeping duties well, but could have done better with the distribution.
A.Corzo 6/10: Defended his flank relatively well against the pacy Brazilian attackers.
R.Tapia 6.5/10: Solid, commanding performance at the back, with and without the ball.
L.Abram 6/10: Had the occasional lapse in concentration, lucky to get away, but okay overall.
M.Trauco 5.5/10: Decent defensively and relied on passing forward rather than going himself.
A.Polo 5/10: Ineffective on the ball, spent most of the game chasing back, subbed off early.
W.Cartagena 5.5/10: Needed to go for a challenge a lot, one of them got him the booking.
Y.Yotún 6.5/10: Worked hard out of possession, good on the ball but lost some midfield duels.
M.López 6/10: Played a few lovely long passes, but couldn’t cover his flank well enough defensively.
P.Guerrero 5.5/10: Didn’t have the pace to get in behind the high-line but his hold-up play was decent.
A.Carrillo 5.5/10: Looked threatening on the break, but couldn’t find the telling ball.
Grimaldo (sub) 4/10: Couldn’t get into the game.
Castillo (sub): N/A
Ruidiaz (sub): N/A
Valera (sub): N/A
Stubborn Seleção end Peruvian resistance at the death
The samba boys were far from their brilliant best as they searched for a winner throughout the game. Despite dominating the ball and creating quite a few chances, including two offside goals, Brazil had to rely on a late set-piece goal to claim a point.
Brazil player ratings
Ederson 6.5/10: Not much to do in terms of saves, great on the ball as usual however.
R.Lodi 6.5/10: Got up and down well, did his bit defensively, but couldn’t find the killer ball from dangerous positions.
Gabriel 7/10: Secure in possession, solid defensively and quenched any counter with his pace.
Marquinhos 7.5/10: Played some threatening long balls, sound positionally and scored the winner.
Danilo 7/10: Put his foot in with 9+ defensive actions, inverted well to give his team passing options.
Casemiro 7.5/10: Played a few defence splitting passes, almost flawless of the ball as he stopped any Peruvian threat right at the source.
B. Guimarães 7/10: Metronomic, created a big chance and got out of tight spaces to keep the ball moving.
Rodrygo 7/10: Direct and dynamic, often swapped positions with Neymar and created openings.
Neymar 7.9/10: Silky, slippery and threatening as usual, Brazil’s main man won another game with his brilliant assist.
Raphinha 7/10: Threatened to do damage with some lovely runs and passes, but ultimately couldn’t.
Richarlison 6/10: Involved in the big moments, unlucky to not get his goal but looked off technically.
G.Jesus (sub) 6.5/10: Improved the overall play by linking up well.
G. Martinelli (sub): N/A
Joelinton (sub): N/A
Vanderson (sub): N/A
Veiga (sub): N/A
The Final Word
This win properly put the Fernando Diniz era underway, as Brazil embraced the “Relationism” concept with back to back wins, as for Peru they must look for inspiration following a winless start in the World Cup qualifiers.
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