Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Chile defeated Uruguay 3-1 in a crucial CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier.
The forward only just returned from a hamstring injury with the club warning Chile not to risk him. Sanchez played anyway, and he was heavily strapped yet he scored two times in 16 minutes. He received an overwhelming standing ovation when he exited the pitch in the 84th minute.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger warned sternly that playing in the game would be a “suicidal decision” for Sanchez as it might leave him with a more serious injury. Wenger was not ready to risk the striker as it could impact Arsenal’s title chase in a very competitive term. Sanchez’s display will allay the French tactician’s fears going into the game against Manchester United this weekend.
Edison Cavani opened scoring for Uruguay within 15 minutes before Chile got an equalizer just before the recess. Eduardo Vargas’ header did the magic, and Sanchez put them ahead in the 60th minute. He got the second goal as well, sending fans wild. Everyone knew what a victory would do to their World Cup hopes, particularly as they battle Argentina for a spot in Russia 2018. Continue reading SANCHEZ SCORES TWICE IN 3-1 URUGUAY WIN
The Peru national team moved up several places in the just released FIFA ranking of countries.
The country climbed up 14 spots, likely following from their victory over Brazil at the recently concluded Copa America Centenario at the United States. In the group stage, Peru were not given a chance ahead of the continental tournament but they went on record sterling records.
Peru defeated Haiti and Brazil at the tournament and played a draw against Ecuador. This year’s edition held by Conmebol and Concacaf was in celebration of the centennial edition of the tournament. Based on the decent results at the games, Peru moved up to the 34th position with 765 points. The ranking in the world depends on the team’s total number of point gained from matches over a four year period, according to FIFA.
Argentina ranked number one, despite losing the Copa America final to Chile for the second successive year. Surprisingly, Belgium were still in second place despite their loss to Wales at the quarter final stage of the Euro 2016. Columbia were in third place and Germany followed closely, despite their semi final crash to host of the Euro 2016, France.
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The men national football team in Peru are preparing for friendlies lined up prior the Copa America coming up this summer.
The team has had a shambolic form in the world Cup qualifying campaign in the CONMEBOL group. Of the ten teams vying for a place at the World Cup finals, Peru lie in 8th position after garnering just four points from the six games played so far.
The team fought hard against Chile but lost at home 3-4 late last year. The loss propelled the team in the next game against Paraguay where they finished with the three points courtesy of a lone goal at home. They faced the last World Cup host, Brazil next but fell to a three nil defeat in an away match that felt the team scarred. They eventually forced a draw against Venezuela during the March international break but Luiz Suarez and Edison Cavani
ran riot in the recent victory of Uruguay against the Peruvian side.
The men’s national team in Peru would now focus on the planet friendlies aginst Trinidad and Tobago, and El Salvador next month. This will be in preparation for the Copa America billed to start in June. Continue reading NATIONAL TEAM FOOTBALL IN PERU LOOK BEYOND WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS