Javier Mascherano has said that the Argentinean team is pretty disappointed to have played a draw against Peru. The team should have won the match, but, unfortunately, the players didn’t play up to their potential. However, the Peru team should also be given credit for showing brilliant character against Argentina.
As per Mascherano, the Peru players didn’t look under pressure at all and showed brilliant calmness and composure. Generally, when you play against a team which is relatively stronger, you tend to be defensive at times. But, the Peru team didn’t play with defensive approach. They were on the attack and made the Argentinean players work hard in the entire match. Argentina sorely missed Lionel Messi.
The Argentinean team didn’t manage to register a victory against Peru in the World Cup qualifier match played on 11th of September at Estadio Nacional, Lima. Both the teams scored one goal each and the match ended in a draw. The Peru supporters were out there in the stadium in large numbers and the Players didn’t disappoint the home fans. 1-1 against a team like Argentina is a great result for Peru.
The Peru team earned a penalty kick in the 3rd minute of the match, but, the team wasn’t able to take a lead as Claudio Pizarro’s shot was brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper of Argentina, Sergio Romero. The Peru players kept attacking and got ahead in the match in the 22nd minute when Carlos Zamorano capitalized on the cross of Luis Advincula and found the net from a distance of 8 yards.
After being down by one goal, there was a huge pressure on the Argentinean team. Gonzalo Higuain scored the leveller for Argentina in the 37th minute by latching on a brilliant pass from Ezequiel Lavezzi. There were no more goals scored in the remaining part of the match and the match got finished in the form of a draw.