Our prediction for this match:
United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Coliseum will host Wednesday’s friendly between Brazil and Peru. The Selecao aim to continue with fine performances in 2019 and seeing that key attacker Neymar has overcome his injury, the South American giants are seen as hot favourites to win this warm-up game.
Yet another man to watch in Tite’s team will be Coutinho, who signed a loan deal with Bayern Munchen in the summer transfer window. The Peruvians, on the other hand, aim to get their revenge on Brazil for a 3-1 loss in the Copa America final, but seeing that they failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Ecuador on Friday, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling the Brazilians’ party in Los Angeles. A man to keep an eye on in Ricardo Gareca’s team will be Santos midfielder Christian Cueva.
Highlighted Player (Carlos Zambrano):
Carlos Zambrano is a 26-year-old Peruvian footballer who represents Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The talented centre back is often credited to be one of the most promising defenders coming from his nation. Zambrano is well known for his strong tackling and excellent defensive organization capabilities.
Starting his youth career with Cantolao, he was quickly snapped up by Bundesliga team Schalke 04. He was a regular starter for their youth team and was soon made the captain. He was a cornerstone of their defence and was soon promoted to the first team of Schalke. In 2012, he signed on to play for Eintracht Frankfurt and has already represented them in more than 80 matches.
Zambrano made his senior debut with Peru in 2008. He was chosen to represent the team in 2011 Copa America only to see an injury clamp his participation. Zambrano has represented Peru in 43 games so far scoring four goals.
Highlighted Team (Brazil):
One of the most decorated teams in world football, Selecao have also been regarded as one of the most attractive and exciting teams with glowing reputation preceding them. Members of the CONMEBOL confederation, Brazil have played their first international in 1914 losing to bitter rivals Argentina with a comfortable 3-0 margin.
Brazil is the most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with five championship title to their name. However, Selecao failed to advance past the quarter-finals of the last two tournaments last winning their World Cup in 2002. Their last title was the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the star-studded team will be looking to get back to winning ways at this year’s historic Copa America Centenario in the United States.
Legendary Pele is Brazil’s top scorer with 77 goals to his name, while the team’s biggest star of the modern era Barcelona forward Neymar is sitting in fifth place having so far netted 46.