Peru start road to 2018 World Cup with 2-0 win against Scotland
Peru played its first of three international friendly games ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup this Tuesday, May 29, against Scotland at the Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru.
La Blanquirroja were the favorites to win the clash and did come away with a comfortable 2-0 result in front of the home crowd. Christian Cueva and Jefferson Farfan scored the goals that led Peru to the win as the team proved it can generate some offense without team captain Paolo Guerrero.
Ricardo Gareca opted for a 3-4-3 formation, starting Jose Carvallo, Alberto Rodriguez, Miguel Trauco, Christian Ramos, Edison Flores, Yoshimar Yotun, Renato Tapia, Luis Advincula, Jefferson Farfan, Andre Carrillo and Christian Cueva.
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Starting Jose Carvallo was an interesting choice by Gareca as well as leaving plenty of talented players on the bench like Raul Ruidiaz, Pedro Aquino and Paolo Hurtado. It is still unclear how the Argentine manager will set his side, especially if Paolo Guerrero is unable to feature in the global competition this summer.
The Scotland side presented by Alex McLeish in this game was not the best, but it did feature players like Charlie Mulgrew and Matt Phillips of West Bromwich Albion. It was a solid challenge for Peru, who still has preparation games against Saudi Arabi and Sweden before the start of the 2018 World Cup.