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Previous Cup 2021: Peru vs Paraguay

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The Copa América finally gets underway when the quarterfinals have been decided. In what is expected to be an exciting match, Peru will face Paraguay in the first quarter-finals. The two countries would be happy with the matches as they would be happy to avoid the bigger teams in the competition.

Peru finished second in group B, losing just one match in the process. They started the campaign with a four-goal win at the hands of Brazil but soon rallied to record victories against Colombia and Venezuela. However, despite winning seven points and securing second place, they have conceded more goals than they have scored. Peru will face a balanced Paraguay that can exploit its defensive vulnerabilities. A star test for The Incas.

Paraguay finished third in Group A behind an Argentina led by Messi and a rocky Uruguay. They posted equal wins and losses to claim all six points and proved to be a difficult test for all the teams they faced. They exercised their dominance against a weak Bolivian team before succumbing to a defeat against Argentina. The third match against Chile gave them the points they needed, a brilliant performance to secure 3rd place.

TEAM NEWS

Peruvian Alexander Callens will likely miss the quarterfinals after being substituted due to injury in the match against Venezuela. Luis Abraham could substitute the player just like he did against Venezuela. The defender is expected to miss the entirety of the tournament according to reports.

PROBABLE INITIAL ALIGNMENT IN PERU- Gallese; Trauco, Abram, Araujo, Corzo; Yotun, Tapia; Cueva, Pena, Carrillo; Lapadula

Paraguay’s star player, Miguel Almirón, was substituted in the 33rd minute against Uruguay due to injury problems. The player will probably not start the game against Peru. Oscar Romero took his place in the game and will likely start.

Courtesy: Official of the Paraguay National Soccer Team / Twitter

INITIAL PROBABLE ALIGNMENT OF PARAGUAY – Silva; Alderete, Alonso, Rojas, Espinola; Romero, Vilasanti, Giménez, Samudio; Ávalos, Oscar Romero

GAME CHANGERS

CRISTIANA CAVE

The 29-year-old midfielder has been one of the best players on his team. The number 10 has been a threat from midfield and has appeared in every Los Incas game. He is expected to shine again for Peru to beat Paraguay in the quarterfinals.

Although the player has not registered a goal or assist in the competition thus far, his presence was crucial. Linking the game from the center of the field and from the far left, Cueva was fundamental in the preparation phase. A prominent option over dead balls with long pass vision, the midfielder is dangerous when given space.

GABRIEL AVALOS

Gabriel Avalos will be Paraguay’s initial threat against Peru. The tall attacker will be vital in the attacking third, as his ball retention skills will come in handy. The number nine is capable of anchoring the ball and Paraguayan players often try to throw long balls towards the big man to stop the game.

When there is too much pressure, the Paraguayan defense generally bypasses the midfield by playing high balls for their number nine to grab. Although Avalos has yet to find the net for his nation in the competition, he will be critical against Peru. If they can exploit the defensive vulnerabilities of their counterparts, Avalos may well find the goal he is missing.

PREDICTIONS

Paraguay will play without one of its key men and therefore will have to adjust its game plan. Peru has performed well in recent games, but is by no means a team capable of being better called than its rival. It looks like a uniform device that could pivot either way.

FootTheBall predicts a victory for Paraguay. Peru 1-2 Paraguay.

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