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WC Qualification South America

  • September 12, 2012
  • • 02:25
  • • Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima
  • Referee: W. Roldán
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Peru - Argentina Preview: Sabella's charges look to consolidate top spot against the Inca

Peru - Argentina Preview: Sabella's charges look to consolidate top spot against the Inca

Lavezzi fue titular contra Paraguay / FotoBaires

Wins over Ecuador and Paraguay have catapulted the Albiceleste to the World Cup summit in South America, but the road to Brazil 2014 continues with a tricky trip to resurgent Peru

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
PERU

 Fernandez
 Ramos, Zambrano, Rodriguez, Yotun;
 Ramirez, Cruzado, Vargas;
Farfan, Carrillo, Pizarro
ARGENTINA

Romero
Zabaleta, Garay, Fernandez, Rojo
Gago, Mascherano, Di Maria
Messi, Higuain, Lavezzi


Corinthians hitman Paolo Guerrero is the big doubt for Peru as they look to follow up a comeback victory over Venezuela with three more points against Tuesday's visitors. The ex-Hamburg star suffered a foot injury in the last match and, although he trained normally on Monday, Sporting youngster Andre Carrillo is waiting in the wings if the captain cannot start.

Argentina welcome back former captain Javier Mascherano to the starting line-up as they hope to confirm their place as leaders of the Conmebol World Cup qualifiers with a fourth straight victory in the competition. The Barcelona man replaces Rodrigo Brana in the midfield, but injured Sergio Aguero will again miss out despite completing his own suspension.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Peru's victory over Venezuela was only their second of the qualifying competition. The Inca have been hurt by the absences of key players so far and lie seventh in the standings with six points.
  • The last time the Andean nation entered a World Cup was in 1982. Four years earlier they made the second round, where a talented team exited the competition following a suspicious 6-0 defeat at the hands of hosts and today's rivals Argentina.
  • Coach Sergio Markarian is a true globe-trotter. The Uruguayan's CV includes spells in Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Mexico and Greece - while he also spent 12 years of his youth living in Argentina.
  • Peru's record appearance holder, Roberto Palacios (right), is a fascinating character. The playmaker, who retired this year at the age of 39, took part in the Million Man March and is well known for his charity work in Haiti where he has travelled many times. He won 128 caps between 1993 and 2012.
  • Argentina overtook Chile and Uruguay at the top of Conmebol qualifying thanks to a 3-1 win over Paraguay on Friday. It continued the nation's perfect record of five games, five triumphs in 2012.
  • Coach Alejandro Sabella has been targeted by the press since arriving in Peru, for an unhappy time spent there with Estudiantes. The La Plata club were thrashed 4-1 by Alianza Lima in the nation's capital in the 2010 Copa Libertadores, eventually going out in the last-eight.
  • Both Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain will be hoping to catch Luis Suarez at the top of the goal charts. The Liverpool man has six so far, while 'La Pulga' boasts four strikes and 'Pipita' has hit the net five times.
  • The history books suggest that Argentina start as comfortable favourites. The Albiceleste have won 31 out of 46 matches played between the two nations, with only five going the way of Peru. The last win for the home team came in the 1997 Copa America, triumphing 2-1 against an eight-man Argentina who also missed a penalty. 

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Available Squads
1R. FernándezGoalkeeper
2Alberto RodríguezDefender
5Carlos ZambranoDefender
-Yoshimar YotúnMidfielder
17Carlos LobatónMidfielder
10Jefferson Agustin FarfánStriker
16Luis AdvínculaStriker
20Luis RamírezMidfielder
18R. CruzadoMidfielder
7A. CarrilloStriker
-Claudio PizarroStriker
12D. PennyGoalkeeper
-J. CarvalloGoalkeeper
-J. Galliquio
-R. Farfán
-A. Saco VértizDefender
15C. RamosDefender
-E. RetamosoMidfielder
7Josepmir Ballón VillacortaMidfielder
-P. HurtadoMidfielder
-J. Mariño
-I. AvilaStriker
9Paolo GuerreroStriker
Players to Watch
Jefferson Agustin Farfán
Jefferson Agustin Farfán
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
10 5 2 0
'La Foquita' is an idol for Peru fans, having been a fixture in the team ever since he was a teenager. His double dragged the nation back into contention against Venezuela, and if they want anything from Tuesday's test Farfan will have to be on form.
Javier Mascherano
Javier Mascherano
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
11 0 3 1
The former skipper was forced to watch from the sidelines as replacement Rodrigo Brana failed to convince in his stead, and will now take his rightful place in the centre after finishing a one-game ban. Will have to be strong in order to cut off supply to the likes of Farfan, Pizarro and Guerrero.
Prediction
The Argentine team are in fabulous form, but have not looked as impressive away from home in the World Cup qualifiers and will have to work hard against a team rejuvenated by victory against Venezuela. With the Inca attacking threat, a draw is not out of the question.
Editor's Prediction
Peru 1

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