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- Colombia have won four of the last six meetings with Peru, drawing the other two in 90 min.
- Peru have failed to score in four of their past five internationals.
- Colombia beat Peru 3-0 in Lima in World Cup qualifying earlier this month.
Los Cafeteros should grind out another win
Colombia will aim to get back to winning ways to secure qualification from Group A when they face Peru on Monday morning.
The Coffee Growers left the Goiania Olympic Stadium on Thursday with a bitter taste in their mouths after a goalless draw with Venezuela.
Wuilker Faríñez rescued a point for La Vinotinto with a fine display, but Colombia know Peru’s custodian is not in the same league as the Lens goalkeeper.
Reinaldo Rueda’s drew up the perfect gameplan for his men to exploit Peru’s frailty in the air when they won 3-0 in Lima just over a fortnight ago and Colombia are unlikely to try anything different here.
And that weakness was evident again when Brazil blitzed La Blanquirrroja 4-0 on Friday in their opening game, peppering their goal with 17 shots – nine of which hit the target.
There was little to suggest Peru can trouble Colombia at the back as Ricardo Gareca’s man mustered only two shots on target of their own.
Colombia must contend with two absentees, however, with both Porto duo Luis Diaz and Matias Uribe suspended for the clash in Goiania.
Still unbeaten under Rueda, Colombia can recall Edwin Cardona in place of Diaz, but replacing Uribe with the same level of quality will be nigh on impossible.
That may mean Colombia aren’t quite as dominant in midfield as they were in Lima, but a 2-0 scoreline seems about right because Peru still look shaky at the back in the air and their central defenders can be caught ball-watching.
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- 30 Jul