Our football match prediction:
Red Bull Arena will host Wednesday's football game between Iceland and Peru. The Icelanders once again impressed in the qualifiers for the major tournament, with the team finishing the process in top position in Group I. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Co. do not want to stop now and many football experts predict that they will play an important role at the tournament in Russia. Peru, on the other hand, did well to beat New Zealand in the play-offs and, as a result, they will represent their home land at the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982. La Blanquirroja are likely to rely on their solid defence in Wednesday's clash against Iceland and seeing that the European side look sharp at the back as well, a low-scoring affair is on the horizon. You should bear in mind that the two teams meet for the first time ever in an official match.
Highlighted Player (Paolo Hurtado):
Paolo Hurtado is a Peru international who plays for Vitoria Guimaraes in Primeira Liga. Hurtado was born on July 27, 1990 in Callao, Peru and he is a product of Alianza Lima football school. The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a centre-forward as well, continued playing for Allianza Lima at senior level and it has to be noted that he scored 14 goals in 83 appearances in the league for los Blanquiazules. After playing 21 games on loan at Juan Aurich, Paolo Hurtado moved to Portugal, signing a deal with Pacos Fereira. The Peruvian attacker quickly established himself as the team’s key player and he played for the club from 2012 to 2015. In 2015 he decided to take his career to the next level as he joined Championship side Reading. However, after failing to adapt to the new surroundings, Paolo Hurtado returned to Portugal and signed a loan deal with Vitoria Guimaraes. On July 20, 2017 the Peruvian footballer joined the Primeira Liga side permanently.
Highlighted Team (Iceland):
Iceland had little to no success during the first 60 years of entering the FIFA competitions, failing to qualify to a single major tournament in that period, but the team then went on to make tremendous progress at the start of the 21st century. The Nordic side narrowly missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup, losing in the play-off to Croatia, but they then enjoyed a thoroughly impressive qualifying campaign to reach the Euro 2016 finals, taking 20 points from 10 matches to leave Turkey and Netherlands trailing in their wake. As a result, the generation featuring players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Emil Hallfredsson will go down as one of the most successful in the national team history and it could be quite some time before another team repeat their success. Even if he was only used as a bit-part player during the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Eidur Gudjohnsen has got to be mentioned as the first Icelandic footballer to have played for top European sides.