Alex Aguinaga on Peru’s draw against Ecuador: “They didn’t do enough merit”

February 5, 2022

Alex Aguinaga on Peru’s draw against Ecuador: “They didn’t do enough merit” (Photo: Getty | FPF)

The teams from Peru and Ecuador played a very tight match last Tuesday, February 1 on the date 16 of the South American Qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022. In fact, the final result was a tie that, due to the context that exists in this part of the continent, was valuable for both teams. In that sense, alex aguinaga, referred to the performance of the “blanquirroja”, of which he mentioned that he did not deserve to win because of what he did on the field of play.

He first referred to the performance of the Peruvians, who were surprised by what was shown in the first half, where they suffered Michael Estrada’s early goal after a great assist from defender Félix Torres. I saw this Peruvian team too leisurely. If you are risking the classification, because you could be left out, and you need to win to secure your place, you did not have enough merit to win. But he meets the goal ”, said the former ‘Tri’ player on the sports program ‘Harta Pelota’ on La Redonda TV.

And it is that indeed, the national cast was surprised by the goal of the “northern” striker, who took advantage of an error and distraction by Alexander Callens just two minutes into the game. Undoubtedly, this disrupted the plans of those led by Ricardo Gareca, who did not have the necessary rebelliousness to bring out their qualities and were out of step with the meeting. In a way, it may have been the absences of christian cave Y Gianluca Lapadula one of the factors for which the ‘bicolor’ was not found on the field. Santiago Ormeño, the last-minute replacement for ‘Lapa’, did not adapt to the game system and it was quite difficult for him to carry out the movements that the ‘9’ from Peru is usually asked to do.

Alex Aguinaga on Peru's draw against Ecuador:
Alex Aguinaga on Peru’s draw against Ecuador: “They didn’t do enough” (Photo: FPF)

However, this changed in the second half, as the ‘Tiger’ became aware of this situation and moved the bench of substitutes. The income of Christofer Gonzales (for Ormeño), Edison Flores (for Raziel García) and Alex Valera (for Sergio Peña) gave the ‘red and white’ a different rhythm and attitude. In fact, he was seen as a more dynamic team with a greater predisposition to play football. It was so that after great pressure from Alex Valera on the Ecuadorian defense, Luis Advíncula took a rebound in the rival area and crossed so that the ‘Orejas’ put the tie goal upside down, unleashing the hubbub of all Peruvian fans.


However, for Peru’s goal to materialize, previously the coach Gustavo Alfaro had determined the entry of Diego Palacios by Ayrton Preciado. But he did not have his shirt at hand and went to look for it in the dressing rooms. This whole process took and the referee let the game continue with the ‘northern’ team with 10 players on the field. Immediately, the equality arrived that caused them to miss a match that they had won and that classified them as third to the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Precisely, Aguinaga referred to this. “I consider that Diego Palacios was wrong for not having his shirt with him, beyond blaming someone else, he has to have his shirt. Is incredible. The substitutes also play, they have to be involved in the gamehe explained.


Likewise, the one who was a World Cup player with Ecuador in Korea-Japan 2002, minimized the match that the Peruvian squad played against Colombia in Barranquilla, where although it focused on tactical and defensive functions, it was able to win it thanks to to the goal of the same Flores. “More than playing badly, Peru had a goal opportunity, they took advantage of it and nothing more. That’s why he defended himself well, Held.

The former ‘Tri’ player believes that this ‘bicolor’ had the obligation to win and was not up to the match. | Video: The Round TV


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