Last test of Peru before their decisive duels against Colombia and Ecuador

Lima, Jan 19 (EFE) .- The Peruvian team has its last rehearsal against Jamaica this Thursday before facing the penultimate double date of the South American qualifying qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, where it will visit Colombia in Barranquilla and receive in Lima Ecuador. This is the second friendly that the Blanquirroja have played with a view to those two decisive duels after having tied at one goal last Sunday against Panama, in a match with hardly any tension where the Peruvian team missed the backbone of their starting team . Waiting for the players who play in Europe, the Middle East and Mexico to rejoin, the Peru coach, Ricardo Gareca, wants the players from the Peruvian league and the American MLS to return to the rhythm of competition after several weeks of vacations and hardly any activity. However, caution will once again be the keynote of the game to minimize the possibility of injuries or scares like the ones Edison Flores and Marcos López gave against Panama on Sunday, whom Gareca will surely keep so as not to force them. For its part, this meeting will be the first of 2022 for the Jamaican team, on whose bench the coach Paul Hall will debut, who recently took over from Theodore Whitmore. The ‘Reggae Boyz’ are also looking to get ready for their World Cup qualifying matches against Mexico and Panama, two tough rivals that could leave them out of the World Cup almost permanently. Like Peru, Jamaica will also not have its main figures who play for English Premier League clubs, such as Michail Antonio (West Ham), Bobby De Córdova-Reid (Fulham) and Leon Bailey (Aston Villa), the offensive trident who played the last games of the qualifiers. In defence, the Jamaican team arrives in the draw, with just enough men to form a line of four, so Hall opted to reinforce himself before traveling to Lima with the call-up of the young Maliek Howell. The match will be played before some 13,000 spectators, which is equivalent to 30% of the capacity of the National Stadium in Lima, after the Government gave in to numerous complaints from the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) and the media, and backed down to his decision to prevent the entry of fans to prevent covid-19 infections. – Probable alignments: Peru: Pedro Gallese; Aldo Corzo, Christian Ramos, Alexander Callens, Nilson Loyola; Andy Polo, Horacio Calcaterra, Jesús Castillo, Yoshimar Yotún, Christopher Gonzáles; and Alex Valera. Coach: Ricardo Gareca. Jamaica: Jeanne White; Javain Brown, Damion Lowe, Jamoi Topey, Kemar Lawrence; Je-Vaughn Watson, Devon Williams, Lamar Walker; Kaheem Parris, Cory Burke and Alex Marshall. Coach: Paul Hall. Referee: Andres Merlos (Argentina). Stadium: National, Lima. Time: 20:00 (1:00 GMT on Friday 21).

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