Those led by José Peseiro will have to add three and wait to see what happens between Ecuador and Brazil. At the same time, Gareca will depend on themselves even with a draw to access the next round.
An oscillating Peru will run into this Sunday with a fierce Venezuela, in the match of the last date of Group B of the Copa América-2021 in which both seek the pass to the quarterfinals within the Mané Garrincha of Brasilia.
The first places in the group went to the local, which leads imperturbably with nine points; and Colombia has four issues like Peru but better goal balance. They are followed by Ecuador (2) and Venezuela (2).
While the Incas reach a draw to get into the second phase, José Peseiro's team will secure their place among the best eight of the tournament with a victory. Otherwise, it will depend on the other result of the day, like Peru, which will qualify if Ecuador does not beat Brazil even in case of defeat.
"We are going to try to win the match," said Ricardo Gareca, the Peru coach, who remains on alert. Venezuela "is a team that can complicate anyone," he said this Saturday at a press conference. For its part, Vinotinto will seek to "make a great game," according to Peseiro, now endowed with a larger squad.
Peru has gone through a group stage with ups and downs after Brazil beat it 4-0 in their debut, in the biggest Copa América win. Then, they beat Colombia 2-1 and suffered against Ecuador, who could draw 2-2 after losing 2-0. This comeback against the tricolor allowed him to smile on Wednesday despite his erratic performance, a reflection of what was done in the contest. "We have given important responses of improvement throughout this Cup," said the Inca coach.
Venezuela, meanwhile, has renewed spirits for the return of eight players after tolerating more than a dozen casualties among those infected with covid-19 and injuries. Among them, references such as forward Josef Martínez, midfielder Rómulo Otero and winger Jefferson Savarino can return. Like attacker Yeferson Soteldo, active after injury.
But the Vinotinto coach is still evaluating his physical conditions. " To choose the main eleven, I have to evaluate well and put players who have the conditions to play," he said, cautious but aware of the contribution of the referents.
Peru: Pedro Gallese - Aldo Corzo, Christian Ramos, Alexander Callens, Miguel Trauco - André Carrillo, Renato Tapia, Sergio Peña, Yoshimar Yotún, Miguel Araujo - Gianluca Lapadula.
Venezuela: Wuilker Faríñez - Alexander González, Jose Manuel Velasquez, Adrián Martínez, Luis Mago, Jhoan Cumaná - Jefferson Savarino, José Martinez, Junior Moreno, Edson Castillo- Josef Martínez.
Time: 21:00 GMT (18:00 ARG-URU / 17:00 CHI-PAR-VEN-BOL-MEX / 16:00 COL-PER-ECU)
TV: DirecTV 1612 / TYC Sports
Stadium: Mané Garrincha
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Arg)