The selections of Peru Y Panama tied 1-1 in a friendly match played this Sunday at the National Stadium in Lima as part of their preparation for the World Cup qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The goals were scored by the Peruvian alex valera, at 37 minutes, and by the Panamanian Abdiel Ayarza, at 71.
Although both teams presented squads made up mostly of players from their national leagues, the match had an intense process and featured risky actions in both goals.
While Peru leaned their game on the left sector, to look for combinations between Christopher Gonzales, Marcos Lopez and Andy Polo, Panama tried to impose the experience of players like Armando Cooper, Alberto Quintero and Abdiel Ayarza, these last two are well known in Peru for playing in the national League 1.
The Panamanians had the first clear option after 10 minutes of play, but the goalkeeper Pedro Gallese ratified his great reflexes to prevail in a hand in hand over Joseph Fajardo, which had been enabled by Cooper.
Peru replied two minutes later with a shot by Gonzáles that was deflected for a corner by goalkeeper Mosquera, who on the next play again anticipated Valera with a deep pass.
In the minutes that followed, Panama took control of the game, with short and quick touches, and at 24 Ayarza entered from the right at speed and sent a cross shot that beat Gallese but went just wide.
The Peruvians balanced the actions towards the 30th, with a better recovery in the midfield, and minutes later Horace Calcaterra he anticipated Cooper in a shot and sent a shot that was blocked by Mosquera, but the ball was left at the feet of Valera, who broke parity with a cross shot.
At the beginning of the second half, Peru seemed looser, with quick touches and progressions, but lacked depth, while Panama progressively advanced their lines to seek parity with daring.
When 71 minutes were played, the visitors took advantage of an error in the exit of the recently entered Nilson Loyola and matched the account with a low shot by Ayarza that did justice to what was seen on the pitch.
Panama, who occupies fourth place in the final octagonal that grants the right to play a playoff in the Concacaf qualifier, faced this match with his sights set on the matches he will play with Costa Rica, on January 27; Jamaica, on January 30; and Mexico, on February 2.
Peru, for its part, is in fifth position in the South American qualifiers, which grants the right to play-offs, and is preparing to play crucial matches as a visitor against Colombia, on January 28, and Ecuador, on February 1, at home.
After this Sunday’s friendly, the Blanquirroja will receive Jamaica next Thursday at the National Stadium in Lima.