Ecuador vs Peru preview

June 7, 2016
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Mexico vs EcuadorEcuador will be looking to build on an impressive display against Brazil when they take on Peru in their second fixture at the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

La Blanquirroja enjoyed a narrow win over minnows Haiti, but they need to show improvement if they want to make it to the next round.

Ecuador have shown a great deal of improvement in the 21st century, reaching their first three World Cup finals, although they have failed to progress from the group stage at six successive Copa America finals.

However, this feels as good time as any to end the barren run, with La Tri coming off a very successful start to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Against all odds, Ecuador won first four qualifying fixtures, before taking another point from next two, and they are now in a very good position in the overall standings.

In spite of the friendly defeat to USA, La Tri enjoyed a great start to the 2015 Copa America, outclassing star-studded Brazil side and they were unfortunate not to win the game.

Namely, Miller Bolanos had a goal wrongfully disallowed, meaning thet Gustavo Quinteros and his me had to settle for a goalless draw.

There have been some good news ahead of the Peru clash as first choice keeper Alexander Dominguez has recovered from a muscle problem and he should be recalled.

However, Jorge Guagua, Oscar Bagui, Pedro Quinonez and Felipe Caicedo all miss the Copa America finals through injury.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Dominguez – Paredes, Mina, Achillier, W. Ayovi – Noboa, Gruezo – A. Valencia, Bolanos, Montero – E. Valencia.

Even if they last reached World Cup finals back in 1982, Peru have enjoyed plenty of success at the Copa America tournaments over the last twenty years.

La Blanquirroja have reached the last 8 at seven successive tournaments, while achieving third-place finishes in the last two.

As a result, they have big ambitions at the 2016 Copa America Centenario, although it is important to note that they have a number of star players missing.

The likes of Luis Advincula, Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Ascues, Josepmir Ballon, Carlos Lobaton, Jefferson Farfan, Juan Manuel Vargas and Claudio Pizarro were all overlooked as Ricardo Gareca named his squad.

Peru then failed to impress in the opening fixture against Haiti, but still managed to record a 1-0 win thanks to Paolo Guerrero.

Coach Ricardo Gareca will have Aldo Corzo back from injury, while Jair Cespedes and Yoshimar Yotun are expected to start as well.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Gallese – Corzo, Ramos, Rodriguez, Cespedes – Tapia, Vilchez – Cueva, Yotun, Flores – Guerrero.

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