Argentina in pursuit of a flawless group stage conclusion against desperate Peru

Argentina in pursuit of a flawless group stage conclusion against desperate Peru

Eric Munene 16:31 - 29.06.2024

Argentina have won two of their three group stage matches without conceding a goal

Reigning champions Argentina have firmly stamped their authority at the 2024 Copa América, and they now face Peru in their final group stage match.

With a flawless record so far, Lionel Scaloni's side has secured their spot in the quarter-finals, having showcased both defensive solidity and lethal attacking prowess.

Argentina's path in the tournament has been defined by their defensive resilience and clinical finishing. Securing two consecutive victories without conceding a goal, including a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chile courtesy of Lautaro Martínez's late heroics, Argentina enters this match with confidence.

Their seven-match winning streak in international competitions, coupled with an impressive defensive record of five clean sheets in their last outings, highlights their current form.

On the other hand, Peru faces a critical juncture in the tournament. Despite a spirited effort, including a goalless draw against Chile and a narrow 1-0 defeat to Canada, Peru finds themselves in a must-win situation against Argentina to advance to the quarter-finals.

Manager Jorge Fossati is under pressure to find a winning formula, considering Peru's struggles in front of goal, having scored just once in their last four matches.

Historically, Argentina holds a significant advantage over Peru in head-to-head encounters, having not lost to them since June 1997.

This dominance includes 12 victories and 4 draws in their recent meetings, showcasing Argentina's supremacy in this rivalry.

The last encounter saw Argentina triumph 2-0 in October 2023, and they will aim to continue this streak to maintain their tournament momentum.

For Argentina, Lautaro Martínez has been in scintillating form, netting four goals in their recent matches, including crucial late strikes. His ability to find the back of the net in decisive moments makes him a potent threat against any defense.

Peru will look to Edison Flores to provide the spark in attack. Flores, known for his early scoring prowess, has been instrumental for both club and country, and his ability to capitalize on chances early in the game could prove pivotal for Peru's hopes of causing an upset.