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  • 13 July 2011
  • • 03:45
  • • Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Provincia de Mendoza
  • Referee: Salvio Spinola Fagundes Filho
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Copa America Preview: Chile - Peru

Copa America Preview: Chile - Peru

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The leaders in Group C prepare to lock horns with a place in the last eight at stake, but both sides are set to make wholesale changes to their line-ups for the match


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Chile: Bravo; Medel, Ponce, Jara; Beausejour, Estrada, Carmona, Fierro; Jimenez, Paredes, Suazo


Coach Claudio Borghi has opted to make four changes, which see a number of established stars make way for some of the less-utilised members of the squad. Alexis Sanchez, Pablo Contreras, Arturo Vidal and Mauricio Isla have all been spared in favour of Gonzalo Fierro, Marco Estrada, Carlos Carmona and Esteban Paredes, with Borghi being cautious of the yellow cards Chile may accumulate during the tournament, and their condition for the later stages.

Peru: Libman; Yotun, Rodriguez, Vilchez, Revoredo; Guevara, Balbin, Ballon, Carmona; Advincula; Ruidiaz



Peru have been the surprise package during the group stages so far, and are showing genuine ambition that they can go further by also dropping four of their most experienced campaigners to ensure that they will be fresh and not have any potential suspensions hanging over their heads. As a result, Santiago Acasiete, Rinaldo Cruzado, Juan Manuel Vargas and Paolo Guerrero have been replaced by Yoshimar Yotun, Renzo Revoredo, Josepmir Ballon and Michael Guevara.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Chile sit in first place in Group C following a win and draw against Mexico and Uruguay respectively.
  • A win will clinch top spot in the group, whilst a draw will also ensure first place as they have scored more goals than Peru (three to two).
  • A defeat would put their qualification hopes in the balance, as they would then have to await Uruguay's result against Mexico.
  • Avoiding defeat would mean that Chile's quarter-final opponents will be the second-placed Group B side; currently either Paraguay or Brazil.
  • A loss to Peru and progression from second place would mean that Chile's quarter-final opponents will be Argentina, the second-placed Group A team.
  • Peru are currently second in Group C, after a win and draw against Mexico and Uruguay respectively.
  • They have lost their last four meetings with Chile, with a win for the Peruvians last coming in 2004.
  • By qualifying for the last eight, it will be their sixth consecutive appearance, which originally dates back to 1997.
  • Peru and Chile form an infamous rivalry both on and off the pitch. The derby between the sides is nicknamed the Clasico del Pacifico (the Derby of the Pacific), in homage to the War of the Pacific which occurred between 1879 and 1883.

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