peru vow to give dunga’s side a hard time in qualifier
LIMA: A struggling Peru are out to cause an upset when they take on Brazil in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier, according to coach Jose Del Solar.
Peru, who last played at the World Cup in 1982, have taken only one point from their opening two games in the qualifiers for 2010 and have yet to score.
They drew 0-0 at home to Paraguay and were beaten 2-0 in Chile last month.
“We’re going to try and take on Brazil on with what we have, it’s a game from which we need the three points and, although we know it will be difficult, we’re going to try,” Del Solar told reporters. “We left a lot of empty spaces against Paraguay, which we will try and correct ... and you can be sure that the team will try and win the game from the first minute.”
Del Solar welcomed the return from injury of German-based striker Paolo Guerrero, who missed last month’s games.
“It’s obvious that Paolo is important for the team, for the way he plays and the enthusiasm which he always gives to the team,” he said.
Del Solar also backed Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro, who has been heavily criticised for his performances.
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s been phenomenal,” he said.
RIO DE JANEIRO: Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano and Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva missed Brazil’s first training ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay.
Luis Fabiano was summoned on Monday to replace injured striker Afonso of Heerenveen, while Gilberto Silva delayed his trip to Brazil because of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Reading on Monday.
Both players were expected to arrive in Brazil’s training camp late on Tuesday, the Brazilian Soccer Confederation said.
Brazil’s first practice on Tuesday was without AS Roma goalkeeper Doni, who was ill, while Barcelona striker Ronaldinho practised separately to nurse an ankle injury.
“I trust in our doctors,” Brazil coach Dunga said. “It’s not the first time our players arrive with injuries but recover in time. Let’s wait.”
The squad – led by Kaka, Robinho and Ronaldinho – are set to travel to Peru tomorrow, two days before the match in Lima. The five-time world champions will host Uruguay three days later at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo.
Brazil, coming off a 5-0 win over Ecuador at Maracana in Rio, trail leaders Argentina by two points in the 10-nation South American qualifying tournament. – AP