Peru: 1990 World Cup qualifiers

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Peru’s glory generation was behind them, and the country found itself in the midst of a recession, something which was even mirrored in the national team’s poor results of late. They had had a disappointing Copa América, where they’d exited after the group stage without a win to their name. Fair to say, though, that the recently appointed head coach, Brazilian Pepe, or José Macia as was his original name, who had arrived in Peru at the age of 64, had not had a lot of preparation time. He was alledgedly on decent money, something which would’ve brought added pressure. Could Peru make a race of it in their qualifying group? 

Just two players from their last World Cup appearance, in Spain ’82, namely 32 year old influental defender Jorge Olaechea and 31 year old attacking midfielder Julio César Uribe, had remained to participate in the continental championships. A third player who had been in that 1982 squad but not made it on to the pitch, forward Franco Navarro, had also been a feature in the tournament staged in Brazil. 

Pepe would have to rely on players based domestically, though a couple were playing in neighbouring Bolivia, who would be their first opponents in the World Cup qualification. 

One ought to bear in mind that Peru had seen Lima club Alianza fall victim to a horrible aircrash disaster in December 1987, something which had deprived the nation of some richly talented footballers. It had been very likely that several of their players, who were all wiped out in the tragedy, would have featured in Peru’s qualification campaign for Italia ’90. 


10.05.1989: Brazil 4-1 Peru
Goal: Torres Garay
Line-up: Chávez-Riva – Carranza, Cervera, Requena, Vidales (Talavera) – Rey Muñoz (Falcon), Chirinos (Rodríguez), Rojas, Reyna (Ramírez) – Torres, Bazalar

15.05.1989: Paraguay 1-1 Peru
Goal: Requena
Line-up: Purizaga – Carranza, Cervera, Requena, Talavera – Zegarra (Rey Muñoz), Rodríguez, del Solar, Reyna – Torres, Bazalar

18.05.1989: Peru 2-1 Venezuela
Goals: Zegarra, Rey Muñoz
Line-up: Purizaga – Talavera, Reynoso, Requena, Guido – Rey Muñoz, Rodríguez (Alguedas), del Solar, Cordero (Zegarra) – Torres (Reyna), Bazalar (Yáñez)

24.05.1989: Peru 1-1 Brazil
Goal: Dall’Orso
Line-up: Purizaga – Talavera (Guido), Olaychea, Requena, Olivares – Reynoso, Manassero (Cordero), del Solar, Rodríguez, Rey Muñoz – Dall’Orso

Marlboro Cup
04.06.1989: USA 3-0 Peru
Line-up: Gonzáles (Purizaga) – Guido, Olaychea, Arteaga, Olivares – Reynoso (Yáñez), Manassero (Reyna), del Solar, Rodríguez, Rey Muñoz (Torres) – Dall’Orso (Loyola)

16.06.1989: Trinidad&Tobago 2-1 Peru
Goal: Manassero
Line-up: Purizaga (Chávez-Riva) – Arteaga, Olaychea, Sanjinez, Olivares – Reynoso, Manassero (Dall’Orso), del Solar, Rodríguez (Yáñez), Rey Muñoz (Loyola) – Navarro

20.06.1989: Peru 2-1 Ecuador (neutral ground in Port of Spain, Trinidad&Tobago)
Goals: Olaychea (pen), Navarro
Line-up: Chávez-Riva – Guido, Olaychea, Arteaga, Olivares – Reynoso, Manassaro, del Solar, Rodríguez (Cordero), Rey Muñoz (Loyola) – Navarro (Dall’Orso)

25.06.1989: Venezuela 3-1 Peru
Goal: Rodríguez
Line-up: Chávez-Riva – Arteaga, Olaychea, Sanjinez, Guido – Reynoso, Valencia (Rodríguez), del Solar, Manassero (Requena), Hirano (Loyola) – Navarro (Dall’Orso)

Copa América:

01.07.1989: Paraguay 5-2 Peru (neutral ground in Salvador, Brazil)
Goals: Hirano, Manassero
Line-up: Chávez-Riva – Carranza (Rey Muñoz), Arteaga, Valencia (Talavera), Olivares – Reynoso, Manassero, del Solar, Uribe – Navarro, Hirano

03.07.1989: Brazil 0-0 Peru
Line-up: Purizaga (Chávez-Riva) – Carranza, Olaychea, Requena, Olivares – Reynoso, Valencia, del Solar, Uribe – Navarro, Hirano (Manassero)

05.07.1989: Venezuela 1-1 Peru (neutral ground in Salvador, Brazil)
Goal: Navarro
Line-up: Chávez-Riva – Reynoso, Carranza, Requena, Olivares – Valencia (Rey Muñoz), Manassaro, del Solar, Uribe – Navarro, Hirano (Rodríguez)

09.07.1989: Colombia 1-1 Peru (neutral ground in Recife, Brazil)
Goal: Hirano
Line-up: Purizaga – Carranza (Guido)(Arteaga), Olaychea, Requena, Olivares – Reynoso, Valencia, del Solar, Uribe – Navarro, Hirano

25.07.1989: Chile 2-1 Peru
Goal: Reynoso
Line-up: Purizaga – Carranza, Olaychea, Requena, Olivares – Reynoso, Valencia (Bazalar), del Solar, Manassaro – Navarro, Hirano

Qualifier 1
20.08.1989: Bolivia 2-1 Peru
Goal: del Solar
Line-up (4-4-2): Purizaga – Carranza, Olaychea (c), Requena, Olivares – Reynoso (Torrealba 67), Valencia, del Solar, Suárez – Navarro (Rey Muñoz 70), Hirano
Arriving high in the Andes mountains, the Peruvians would struggle to stamp any kind of authority on the game, even if they had goalkeeper Purizaga to thank for saving some first half efforts, including a penalty from Pérez. Young midfielder del Solar would strike home from inside the area following their favourite set-piece move, where Suárez had found Requena across the area, for the central defender to head it back towards the centre. Still, they couldn’t deal with some of Bolivia’s fine individuals, and having conceded from a second penalty right on half-time, they could not deal with Ramallo’s fine effort early in the second half. Peru mustered no late push for an equalizer. 

Qualifier 2
27.08.1989: Peru 0-2 Uruguay

Qualifier 3
10.09.1989: Peru 1-2 Bolivia

Qualifier 4
24.09.1989: Uruguay 2-0 Peru



Final position: 3 (out of 3)
Total record: 4 0 0 4 2-8 0
Home record: 2 0 0 2 1-4 0
Away record: 2 0 0 2 1-4 0

Player statistics

Number of players used:
Number of players including unused substitutes:
Ever-presents (360 minutes):
Leading goalscorer:
Yellow/red cards:

– overview

– game by game

PlayerBol (a)Uru (h)Bol (h)Uru (a)AppsMins
del Solar90
Rey Muñoz20

– ratings


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