Match Preview: Bolivia vs Peru

The second round of Copa America’s group stage starts tonight, with Bolivia and Peru going head-to-head at 23:30 (CET).

Bolivia and Peru square off at the Maraca Stadium in Rio de Janeiro tonight, both sides looking to note their first win at the 2019 Copa America.

La Verde suffered a 3-0 defeat in the opener against hosts Brazil in a game which saw them make only one attempt on target.

Peru’s will take a big step towards qualifying for the knock out stage with a potential victory tonight, after a goalless draw against Venezuela in the first round.

Team news

Eduardo Villegas is not expected to make big changes in Bolivia’s starting eleven, with Martins Moreno leading La Verde’s attacking line.

He doesn’t have any injury concerns nor suspended players after the 2019 Copa America opener against Brazil.

Edison Flores substituted Christian Cueva at half time against Venezuela, as the 27-year old midfielders suffered a knock in the first half of the game.

Cueva may start the game vs Bolivia on the bench, while Andre Carillo will be hoping for a place in the starting line up since Peru’s strikers were unable to score in the previous game.

What did the managers say

Bolivia head coach Eduardo Villegas slammed the ‘social media experts’, who criticized his players after the game against Brazil.

“I hope the people who write on social networks get good information from people who understand football, from specialists, and that they explain you cannot have results so soon when it is a different selection.

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Brazil defeated Peru in the Copa America Final to lift the continental trophy, while Lionel Messi blamed the CONMEBOL of corruption.

“I am convinced this group will evolve, but everything is step by step. We cannot jump two steps because we will fall,” he said via Sports Max.

“We are analyzing all the options. We know Peru will not be Brazil and we are going to commit people [to attack], or try, to generate more depth than we had against Brazil. I see the group well motivated and with intentions to improve.”

Ricardo Gareca believes Peru was better than Venezuela in the first round of the competition and deserved the three points.

“I think we deserved to win, no matter what the analysis is. I have no doubt Venezuela is a team that counterattacks very well, but we control them. The team left everything, particularly Paolo Guerrero, after the inactivity he had,” said Gareca via Depor.

“Two months ago, Andre Carrillo did not have this rhythm. We had Zambrano who is not 100% ready, as well as Flores and Farfan. With more continuity, we can count on players that we consider important.”

Stats

Peru are unbeaten in the last eight meetings with Bolivia, noting three consecutive wins in their last three encounters.

Los Incas have reached the knock out stage of the competition in each of its last eight editions, winning the third place twice in the process – in 2011 and 2015.

Bolivia, on the other hand, have reached the quarter-finals only once in the 21st century, four years ago in Chile.

They met non-other than Peru in those quarter-finals and suffered a 3-1 defeat, with Paulo Guerrero bagging a hat-trick.

Peru’s last Copa America triumph came in 1975, while Bolivia have won the competition only once – back in 1963.

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