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article imageWorld Cup Qualifiers: Peru routed Chile in 'Derby of the Pacific'

By Igor I. Solar     Mar 23, 2013 in Sports
Lima - Despite an aggressive performance by the Chilean team in the first half, Peru defeated Chile 1-0 at the National Stadium in Lima with a surprise goal in the dying minutes of the game. The win renews Peru's hopes to qualify for World Cup Brazil 2014.
Chile showed the aggressive line-up and play that was expected from the team under new coach Sampaoli. However, real goal opportunities were sporadic. Despite this, the Chilean team came close to scoring with a shot of Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona, Spain) which Lobatón saved on the line (17 ') and a header by Mark Gonzalez's that hit the crossbar (35'). In addition, the Chileans complained about a pair of penalties that in their opinion the Argentine referee Diego Abal failed to notice.
Peru suffered for several passages since Chile took command of the midfield sector that Sampaoli had highlighted as key to overcome the team of coach Sergio Markarián.
However, some weaknesses in the Chilean defense allowed Peru to conduct continuous and risky attacks. Farfán became the main concern for Chile, which suffered from a persistent siege especially on the left side of its defense. The first half ended without goals.
In the second half, Peru started out with a better disposition and greater impetus taking Chile by surprise. The good performance of Chilean goalkeeper Bravo and lack of definition of the Peruvian forwards prevented the local team from scoring; however they were playing much better.
In an effort to regain the midfield, coach Sampaoli reacted by replacing Aránguiz with Francisco Silva (Osasuna, Spain). Meanwhile, Alexis Sanchez attempted to solve the Chilean problems with counterattacks and good passes to Eduardo Vargas (Gremio, Brazil) who missed two clear chances (56 'and 60').
The last minutes of the game were even and without pause. The goalkeepers excelled, the forwards failed. Until Chile's Junior Fernandes (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany) lost the ball, a mistake that Peruvian midfielder Jefferson Farfán (FC Schalke 04) took advantage of to score the only goal of the game in the minute 87.
On Tuesday 26, Chile will face Uruguay without Alexis Sanchez, who earned a yellow card that leaves him suspended.
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