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 allegedly on decent money, something which would’ve brought added pressure. Could Peru make a race of it in their qualifying group? Read more . . .
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.
27.08.1989: Peru 0-2 Uruguay
Line-up (5-3-2): Purizaga – Arteaga, Carranza, del Solar, Requena, Olivares – Reynoso, Uribe (c), Hirano (Manassero 72) – Navarro, Dall’Orso
‘Pepe’ had changed the Peruvian formation around, utilising 5-3-2 for this the visit of group favourites Uruguay. They were probably hoping to stifle the quick Uruguayan wide forwards, though both Alzamendi and Sosa got on the scoresheet after a goalless first half, so whether or not it was a success was up for debate. Del Solar had been pushed back into the libero position, and performed well, with Uribe’s timely return in the centre of the pitch a fine boost. He had young Reynoso alongside him, and the teenager did well after having been a misfit wide right last time around. Peru lacked bite up front, and never really threatened to score.
10.09.1989: Peru 1-2 Bolivia
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
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