Uruguay hosts Peru in round 17 of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Friday, March 25th at Estadio Centenario (Montevideo)
The national team of Uruguay is in fourth place in the standings with 22 points. The Sky Blues have six victories, four draws, and six defeats after 16 matches. Due to unstable results in the current qualification, the Uruguayan national team parted ways with permanent head coach Oscar Tabares. His post was taken by Diego Alonso, who improved the tournament situation thanks to victories over Paraguay (0-1) and Venezuela (4-1). The Sky Blues will make it to the world championship if they successfully play against their main competitors Peru and Chile in the final rounds.
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Peru is ranked fifth in the qualification standings with 21 points after 16 rounds. Ricardo Gareca’s team gained six victories and three draws and suffered seven defeats. The Peruvians also claim to progress from the South American qualifying group. So far, they are in fifth place, which may take them to the playoffs, where they will face the winner of the 4th round of the 2022 World Cup qualification in Asia. Peru is in a precarious position, with Chile two points behind and the Colombians four points behind. The chances of the Incas were small, but they managed to arrange a 4-match unbeaten streak. The Red-Whites beat Bolivia (3-0), Venezuela (2-1), and Colombia (1-0) and shared points with Ecuador (1-1).
Uruguay and Peru have already sorted things out in the current qualification. On September 3, 2021, the Incas hosted the Sky Blues in the ninth round, and the teams failed to determine the winner (1-1). Renato Tapia scored for the hosts, and the visitors responded with an accurate shot by Giorgian de Arrascaeta. Both teams will take the field in Montevideo in optimal lineups. The price of victory in the upcoming game is high. The winner will almost certainly be able to book tickets to Qatar, while the loser will fight for getting into the playoffs. For this reason, the match at Estadio Centenario will be tense and uncompromising. However, the Uruguayans’ chances of winning look higher. The Sky Blues will play in front of their native stands and have good statistics of head-to-head matches. In four games in a row, they won by one goal or tied in regulation time. Let’s assume that this event will happen again.