Peru will not play the World Cup. He remembered too late to attack and, in the penalty shootout, he didn’t have Australia’s aim. In the decisive match, played in Doha, there was an undoubted Argentine presence: Ricardo Gareca is the coach of Peru. And his work group, logically, that accompanies him in his success. It could not be this time around. And, in the center, there were two defenders who play in Argentine soccer. Luis Advicula and Carlos Zambrano.
With nuances, they had an acceptable job. Until the definition by penalties came, after an endless 0-0 in 120 minutes. Advíncula kicked the third penalty. The first that Peru missed: the shot, very strong, collided with the right post of Andrew Redmayne, the goalkeeper who entered three minutes before the decisive round. Later, she cried uncontrollably. And that is why Australia is ranked number 31 for the big World Cup event.
Advíncula left the stadium so badly that he decided to step aside: “First I apologize to my family and friends for the pain I caused and to all of Peru. I am the only one responsible for this debacle and my life will not be enough to apologize. I got here. I step aside from the selection. I don’t think I have the strength to get up from this. To my colleagues, thank you very much for everything and sorry for so little, ”she wrote on her Instagram account.
Advíncula is usually a starter in the formation of Boca. Zambrano should be, but Izquierdoz’s captaincy and Rojo’s ascendancy share the same line. The Peruvians had successes and errors, they did not exploit their virtues, but in general terms, their performance was correct. Acceptable. yesAbove all, in the last triumphs (and titles) xeneizes.
Juan roman riquelme, the strong man of Boca, referred to Zambrano, just a handful of days ago: “It is one of the weaknesses that I have in the club. A person who plays a game every three or four months and does it well, there is nothing left to say but thank you very much for defending the shirt in that way. And on the right side, he had told: “We thank Advíncula very much. He is a player who is always happy and spreads it to the entire squad. Train and compete in the week more than on Sundays and Wednesdays. In addition, with his manners he is being very important for the other boys, he talks with them and helps them improve”.
The idol showed happiness for the Peruvian xeneizes defenders. “We are very happy with the squad we have put together. I’m pretty weak with footballers. Advíncula and Zambrano play, who are one game away from the World Cup”, he explained. He couldn’t.
During the first 90 minutes, Advíncula was past revs, always on the limit, in full battle with the Australian midfielders who passed by his sector by surprise. He usually exhibits leadership, conviction, but this time he leaned towards an excessive dose of energynot always well understood. He’s handsome, he’s a leader. However, that dose of multiple confidence, from time to time, works against him. He didn’t have too many hiccups on the brand and screenings were sporadic, no surprise.
At his side, Zambrano suffered some setbacks in the aerial game, but he always supported the last Peruvian line with mental strength and tactics. Strong, safe, very tough in hand to hand, every time he had to go beyond the comfort zone, he did it with common sense. He is a true national team defenderwith enough skills for a league in Europe, beyond the top five.
Logically, the development was broken in the final stretch, when the legs no longer responded and the heart played its game. In this line, Peru (timorous in much of the show) advanced with greater determination and the defense seemed to have less work. Advíncula was offered as a more rigorous start (a couple of centers with some danger, in the rival area) while Zambrano was left as the last man, almost in the same line as Alexander Callenyes On the 4th, however, he advanced less than his colleague on the other border, Miguel Traucoa reference in Europe, since it acts in Saint Etienne, recently relegated from Ligue-1.
20 minutes into overtime, when Peru decided to attack, Advíncula created a long left-footed shot, almost at the height of the goal that went over the crossbar. It was a dangerous occasion, after the most pungent: a header from Flores, which collided with a post.
Then came the penalties. And the big disappointment.