Peru suffered their second defeat, and they are eliminated from the World Cup without scoring a goal. There remains a last match against Australia, but the dream is over. It was surely not the expectation of the tens of thousands of Peruvian fans who believed in their team’s strengths in it’s first World Cup appearance since 1982.
This was another story of Peru working hard, passing the ball well with style but rarely threatening. Their best first-half chance came when record-scorer Paolo Guerrero sprinted in front of Samuel Umtiti but Hugo Lloris, on his 100th cap for France, got down well to block the chance.
And that was about it. Really not the volume of chances you expect from a team who arrived in Russia full of ambition, and with good players aiming to make history.
In total Peru had 10 attempts, with only two on target. The other decent effort was a shot from Pedro Aquino: a wonderful curling strike from 30 yards which had beaten Lloris but cannoned off the angle between post and crossbar.