|Peru whip TT in football friendly |
By JOEL BAILEY Friday, February 8 2013
CLAUDIO PIZARRO and Paulo Cruzado scored in either half as Peru whipped Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 on Wednesday night in a friendly football international at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Pizarro, of German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich, was on hand to latch on to a loose ball after TT goalkeeper Marvin Phillip saved a shot from fellow German-based attacker, Schalke’s Jefferson Farfan.
And Cruzado, the team’s playmaker, guaranteed the win late in the second half, with a curling left-footer which was beyond the reach of Phillip’s replacement, debutant goalie Cleon John.
This was the first game featuring the European-based quartet of Kenwyne Jones, Carlos Edwards, Khaleem Hyland and Darryl Roberts since the ill-fated 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign ended in November 2011 at the hands of Guyana, who were coached by one of the two TT tacticians Jamaal Shabazz.
And Peru used the game as a warm-up for the resumption of their CONMEBOL Group Stage of qualification for the World Cup.
Central defender Carlyle Mitchell caused a bit of panic in the TT camp as he suffered a head injury after only five minutes on the clock, but he was able to continue due to repair work done by team doctor Terrence Babwah.
Sheldon Bateau, making his international debut at left-back, seemed overawed and tactically confused at times in the first half, as he allowed Jefferson Farfan endless room to attack down the flanks.
One such move created tension, as Farfan’s cross was met by Junior Ross, whose header landed atop the roof of Marvin Phillip’s net.
In the 17th minute, Jones had a perfect opportunity to break the deadlock, but he solicited angry comments from the crowd for a horrendous mis-kick, when he was spotted unmarked on the left following a marauding run down the middle by Ataullah Guerra.
That miss proved more costly as Pizarro put Peru ahead in the 29th minute, with a well-taken goal as the TT backline were at sixes and sevens.
Edwards, operating as right-back, allowed Ross acres of space following a throw by Yoshimar Yotun, and the winger’s cross was cleared by the defence to the path of Farfan. The striker saw his shot, from the edge of the penalty area, denied by Phillip, but an unmarked Pizarro calmly placed the loose ball to the left of the stranded keeper.
Pizarro was at the heart of the Peru attacks, and he nearly set-up his team’s second, as his lay-off to Cruzado produced a wonderful airborne save by Phillip.
Trinidad and Tobago had their moments to even up the scores, both from raids down the right wing.
Roberts, seemingly uncomfortable on the flank, sent a cross to Guerra who did well to control and shoot but the volley went high, while two minutes before the half-time break, Kevon Carter skipped past Yotun and squared the ball to Hyland who saw his right-footed drive saved by Raul Fernandez.
Peru made a change shortly before the half, and three during the interval, but they managed to repel the TT attacks time and time again.
The TT joint coaching staff of Shabazz and Hutson Charles slowly emptied their bench, as Aubrey David came in as left back to replace Roberts, with Bateau switching to right back and Edwards to the right wing, while Edwards then switched to the left flank when four more chances were effected – Keyon Edwards for captain Densill Theobald, John for Phillip, Devorn Jorsling for Jones and Curtis Gonzales for Hyland.
More changes followed, with Jemel Sebro and Kareem Moses for an injured Carter and Daneil Cyrus, but Peru stepped up the ante as the replacement players struggled to find any cohesion.
And Peru took full advantage in the 87th minute, as Cruzado, on the right, got a ball from substitute Juan Marino, was given room to attack diagonally by a retreating Mitchell and curled his low left-footer past an outstretched John.
Carlos Edwards had a late chance to pull one back, heading a deep ball by Bateau overbar but, by then, the majority of the supporters were already making their way to the exit.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Marvin Phillip (Cleon John 74th); Carlyle Mitchell, Daneil Cyrus (Kareem Moses 83rd), Sheldon Bateau, Carlos Edwards; Densill Theobald (capt) (Keyon Edwards 70th), Khaleem Hyland (Curtis Gonzales 74th), Kevon Carter (Jemel Sebro 77th), Darryl Roberts (Aubrey David 64th), Ataullah Guerra; Kenwyne Jones (Devorn Jorsling 74th).
PERU: Raul Fernandez (Diego Valdez 46th); Alberto Rodriguez (Christian Ramos 45th), Carlos Zambrano, Yoshimar Yotun, Renzo Revoredo (Roberto Guizasola 46th); Carlos Lobaton (Edwin Retamoso 74th), Luis Ramirez, Junior Ross (Jose Guerrero 46th), Jefferson Farfan (Andre Carrillo 61st), Rinaldo Cruzado; Claudio Pizarro (capt) (Juan Marino 61st).