Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Peru outclass Reggae Boyz in 3-1 victory

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz were outplayed by Peru and suffered a 3-1 defeat in their International Friendly at the Estadio de La Unsa  in Arequipa, on Tuesday night.

Peru, ranked 74 places above Jamaica, were a different class to the Reggae Boyz tonight and went ahead easily in the 21st minute.

Edison Flores scored the opening goal when his left footed shot from the centre of the box beat goalkeeper Andre Blake to the bottom right corner.

The goal came seconds after Christian Cueva had provided Paolo Guerrero with a through pass, but the striker's right footed shot from the centre of the box was saved.

The score was doubled in the 43rd minute through a powerful header from the centre of the box by Renato Tapia, which sailed into the roof. The goal came from a corner taken by Yoshimar Yotún.

And Guerrero put the game out of the reach of the Reggae Boyz in the 58th minute when his right footed shot from the right side of the box beat Blake.

The Reggae Boyz pulled back a goal in the 86th minute through a Jermaine Johnson's penalty.

The penalty was awarded after Nilson Loyola committed a foul on Owayne Gordon in the box and Johnson, who came on as a substitute, made no mistake.

The Reggae Boyz played the match in mourning following the death of Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell a week ago in the USA.

Captain Burrell passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 67.

The Reggae Boyz, ranked at No. 89 in the world well below Peru at 15,  used the game as a tune up for both the Caribbean Cup and the Gold Cup.

The  Boyz will now move on to defend their Caribbean Cup title in Martinique, where they will play the first game of a double-header on June 22 against French Guiana in the semi-finals, before Curacao match skills with Martinique.

The final will be played on June 25.

The team will then compete at the CONCACAF Gold Cup beginning July 9 with its first match against Curacao.

The Reggae Boyz then play Mexico on July 13 and El Salvador on July 16 in their last group match.

Peru  have no upcoming matches until their World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia on August 31 and Ecuador on September 5.


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