For the Peruvian fan, taking out the calculator in the past was an act of masochism and innocence. And though it didn’t stop every time we put our noses in a Cuba Libertadores or one in South America, the island we founded Ricardo Gareca and its technical leadership in Peru national team They succeeded in making it a legitimate business that no longer elicits laughter or punctures false illusions.
We hit the Qatar 2022 qualifying deadline in fifth place, with the odd fortune of making the playoffs while relying on ourselves. If we beat Paraguay on Tuesday, at the National Stadium, we will be one step closer to our second World Cup in a row.
Duels against Guarani bring back good memories. From “I Love You, Peru” by “Chorri” Palacios, Toto “Foquita” Farfán’s Dance to Christian Cueva’s dedication in Asuncion.
The numbers, in this sense, accompany us: Blanqueroga has never lost at home to Paraguay in qualifying. In fact, La Alberuja is the only country in South America that could not beat Peru during the Jarica era.
But what would our expectation be that even a loss to Paraguay – an idea we should discard from our plans so as not to give our cardiologists more work – a playoff is possible.
For that to happen, Colombia would have to lose to Venezuela on a visit and Chile would not beat Uruguay in Santiago. Obviously, the draw plays in our favour, too.
In addition to the fact that the Venezuelans and Charras had the last match with the same intensity, the party would be complete if this Tuesday we deal with more than one celebration.
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