Peru – Uruguay : Peru's last chance for a spot in Russia

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Urugvuaj lost badly to Brasil but they will now be able to count on Luis Suarez and goal keeper Musler

A draw in Venezuela got Peru even further than the World Cup but they can even be happy with the point as they were two goals down at half time. Peru managed to get themselves together and score two goals in the second half but they simply didn’t have the energy for a comeback. They are now 6 points short of teams who hold spots for the World Cup which makes this a must-win game for them. 

– This is a to be or not to be game in which we need to get three points to stay in the game for World Cup. I talked a lot with my players after a draw in Venezuela because I think staying calm will be crucial against Uruguay. I told players to try and disconnect from it all and play with no pressure. Every line has to play at a high level because only that way we can get the win. I knew my lineup two days ago and I expect 11 Peruvian fighters on the pitch today.

Compared to the last game, Peru lost center back Ramos, who is suspended. Miguel Araujo will apparently replace him. 

The bad defeat to to Brazil stings. We are professionals, we gave it our best but they were simply too strong for us. We could have gotten closer to qualifying for Russia with win. It didn’t happen and we will try and do our best today again. They are good-quality opponents and they count on getting one of the first top spots. That is why we need to rise to the challenge –  coach Tabarez said.

Uruguay will be much stronger today. Luis Suarez is back on the team, just like first-choice goal keeper Muslera, who didn’t play the Brazil game for the same reason. There will be a change in defense as well. Center back Gimenez will start instead instead of Coates which means we will see the Atletico defense with Godin and Gimenez on the pitch. Pereira is still out with an injury. 

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