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Colombia and Peru: What History do These Two Teams Have?

Colombia and Peru, facing each other for the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, have quite an interesting track record. 

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LatinAmerican Post | Ariel Cipolla

The Qatar 2022 Qualifiers are coming to an end. With Argentina and Brazil already classified, it remains to be seen who will be the other teams that will reach the next World Cup event. For this reason, all the parties take on special importance to ensure a ticket to the Arab country.

The confrontation between Colombia and Peru will be key to these objectives, since both are direct rivals. The team led by Reinaldo Rueda is fourth, with 17 points obtained. Instead, those commanded by Gareca have the same points, but a worse goal difference, so they are fifth, qualifying for the playoff.

It is presumed that the Colombian team will try to get a victory, while Peru will try not to lose points in this difficult stop. However, what is the track record between the two combined? Next, we tell you some relevant historical data for this match.

The record between Peru and Colombia

As we have mentioned, Peru will visit Colombia at the Metropolitan Stadium in Barranquilla. In what corresponds to the duels of the South American Qualifiers, Peru only achieved two wins, one draw and seven losses, in what corresponds to 10 total editions.

In addition, Peru scored just three goals, while seeing the ball enter their goal 17 times. If we take this history into account, it could happen that Colombia finally obtains a fair and clear victory, something that has been lacking in recent years. However, Ricardo Gareca's team is very strong and will hardly fall.

Now, if we go back further in time, we must mention that the first precedent between Peru and Colombia occurred on April 30, 1961, in the Qualifiers for the 1962 World Cup in Chile. On that occasion, the coffee growers had the minimum difference in the Nemesio Camacho El Campín stadium in Bogotá, while in Lima they tied 1-1, sealing qualification for the World Cup.

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By 1997, 36 years later, the Andeans achieved their first success within the coffee lands. On that occasion, Peru won by a narrow victory at the Metropolitan Stadium in Barranquilla, thanks to a goal by José Pereda. The same thing happened in the Qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, with a goal by Nolberto Solano.

Regarding the most recent history of the Qualifiers, we can highlight:

  • 1962 Qualifiers: Colombia 1-0 Peru
  • 1982 Qualifiers: Colombia 1-1 Peru
  • 1986 Qualifiers: Colombia 1-0 Peru
  • 1994 Qualifiers: Colombia 4-0 Peru
  • 1998 Qualifiers: Colombia 0 -1 Peru
  • 2002 Qualifying: Colombia 0-1 Peru
  • 2006 Qualifying: Colombia 5-0 Peru
  • 2010 Qualifying: Colombia 1-0 Peru
  • 2014 Qualifying: Colombia 2-0 Peru
  • 2018 Qualifying: Colombia 2-0 Peru

Now, it is not the only thing that must take into account. In recent years, there have also been matches for International Friendly Games and even for the Copa América. As for the former, in 2019 there were two: in November, Peru fell 1-0 with a goal from Alfredo Morelos at minute 90. In June, everything was worse, since Gareca's men lost 3-0, with two goals from Mateus Uribe and one from Duván Zapata.

So, what happened in the Copa América? Colombia claimed third place in the 2021 Copa América in Brazil, beating it 3-1. They also met in group B, with Peru clearly winning 2-1. Further back in time, they collided in 2016 in the Copa América of the United States 2016 for the quarterfinals. The result? Colombia won 3-2. Finally, in group C of the 2015 Copa América, the match was more boring, as they tied 0-0.

In short, we have seen that, in recent years, there has been a fairly marked tendency to favor of Colombia. However, it is not a reason to be confident: Peru is a very strong team that will fight until the end to qualify for Qatar 2022.