Argentina vs. Peru live score, updates, highlights from CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier

The reduced-capacity crowd at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires will be expecting nothing less than a repetition of the show that Lionel Messi and reigning South American champions Argentina put on Sunday against Uruguay in a 3-0 win. But they may not have such a willing participant in visiting Peru.

While Argentina is sitting pretty in second place in the South American World Cup qualifying standings, which would give it a direct ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Peru (eighth place, 11 points) is scraping just to stay alive for the playoff spot that’s granted to fifth place.

Coached by Argentine Ricardo Gareca, Peru will be looking to make life tough on Argentina and try to come away with at least a draw, especially given the absence of several of their most influential players.

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Argentina vs. Peru live score

  1H 2H Final
Argentina 1 0
Peru 0 0

ARG — Lautaro Martinez (Nahuel Molina) — 42nd min.

Argentina vs. Peru live updates, highlights from World Cup qualifier

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(All times Eastern)

46th min.: We’re off with the second 45 minutes.

Halftime: Argentina 1, Peru 0

Halftime: Peru, which had the first best chance of the game, held on defensively for as long as it could. Although it was well-organized, one of those crosses was bound to find someone in the box and it happened three minutes before the break. Argentina is lucky that Lautaro was able to shake off the ankle knock because only he could score that goal. It was a ruthless finish. Peru can still be dangerous and we’ll see how much the visitors open up in the second half now that it has fallen behind. While we wait for the start of the second half, enjoy this Angel Di Maria skill move.

42nd min.: Goal Argentina! Right back Nahuel Molina with the give and go with Rodrigo De Paul and Molina’s cross into the box is pinpoint. Lautaro’s header is unstoppable. That’s his 17th goal for Argentina.

41st min.: YELLOW CARD – Yoshi Yotun gets it for kicking Leandro Paredes. Tough player to take ball from.

39th min.: Di Maria again with a chance but he’s not accurate with the shot. Every opportunity that goes by the wayside gives Peru more confidence.

37th min.: Free kick for Argentina 25 yards out is punched away by Pedro Gallese and then there’s an offside on the follow-up. Peru resisting.

35th min.: Orderly defending by Peru so far. Even a free kick earned on the right side was snagged by Peru ‘keeper Pedro Gallese. Argentina staying patient, but this won’t be easy. Peru is giving up some dangerous free kicks around the area.

28th min.: Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez picked up an ankle knock and he’s trying to shake it off after some treatment. Not good news for Argentina.

26th min.: Peru is letting Argentina have the flanks, but it’s preventing quick combinations and penetration down the middle. Peru looks comfortable defending so far.

24th min.: Angel Di Maria chance! A cross comes from the right side and he’s at the far post and fires it way wide on the volley. If he puts it on goal it would have been trouble for Peru’s Gallese.

21st min.: What a chance for Lapadula! He runs onto a ball in the Argentina box and tries to touch it past Dibu Martinez, but he can’t get enough contact and it’s an easy save. Best chance of the game.

18th min.: The masked forward, Lapadula, is a one-man wrecking crew for Peru while the rest of his teammates sit back. Meanwhile, Angel Di Maria thought he earned a corner kick, but it turns out he was offside. He doesn’t like the call.

9th min.: Messi earns a free kick and it’s delivered into the box where Cuti Romero heads home, but he’s offside. The VAR check took a while.

5th min.: Peru with the first extended spell of possession and Yoshimar Yotun earns a free kick about 20 yards out. Lapadula puts his laces through it and Dibu Martinez has to come up with a big save.

4th min.: What a pass by Messi! He feeds Di Maria wide left and the cross goes across the face of goal, just like De Paul’s. Argentina firing warning shots.

1st min.: We’re off and just 40 seconds into the match Rodrigo De Paul sends a cross right across the six-yard box, but there are no teammates there to take advantage.

7:34 p.m.: Unique rendition of the Argentine anthem. Peru’s follows:

7:05 p.m.: The stadium looks full:

6:50 p.m.: The scenes around the Monumental in Buenos Aires:

6:24 p.m.: Peru arriving at the Estadio Monumental:

Argentina vs. Peru: Lineups

Head coach Lionel Scaloni has a full squad available for selection and, as usual with his lineups, he has several interchangeable parts — such is the competitive level of Argentina’s roster. Reports indicated the lone injury concern was left back Marcos Acuna, but he recovered from the muscle injury that kept him out of the victory against Uruguay. At right back, no break for Nahuel Molina, who started the other two matches in this October window.

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Argentina starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 23-Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez-GK — 8-Marcos Acuna, 19-Nicolas Otamendi, 13-Cristian Romero, 21-Nahuel Molina — 20-Giovani Lo Celso, 5-Leandro Paredes, 7-Rodrigo De Paul — 10-Lionel Messi, 22-Lautaro Martinez, 11-Angel Di Maria

Argentina subs: 1-Franco Armani-GK, 12-Esteban Andrada, 2-Lisandro Martinez, 6-German Pezzella, 3-Nicolas Tagliafico, 4-Gonzalo Montiel, 18-Guido Rodriguez, 14-Exequiel Palacios, 17-Lucas Alario, 9-Angel Correa, 16-Joaquin Correa, 15-Nicolas Gonzalez

(Not in squad: Juan Musso-GK, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Facundo Medina, Julian Alvarez, Nicolas Dominguez, Juan Foyth, Alejandro “Papu” Gomez)

Peru will be without a number of starting-caliber players: Paolo Guerrero, Renato Tapia, Edison Flores, Andre Carrillo and Luis Advincula, who joined the list with a muscle strain. Sergio Pena didn’t make the squad; Christofer Gonzales will start in midfield.

Peru starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-Pedro Gallese-GK — 6-Miguel Trauco, 22-Alexander Callens, 5-Carlos Zambrano, 4-Jhilmar Lora — 19-Yoshimar Yotun, 23-Pedro Aquino — 11-Raziel Garcia, 16-Christofer Gonzales, 8-Christian Cueva — 9-Gianluca Lapadula

Peru subs: 21-Jose Carvallo-GK, 12-Carlos Caceda-GK, 3-Marcos Lopez, 2-Luis Abram, 7-Miguel Araujo, 15-Christian Ramos, 13-Wilder Cartagena, 10-Jefferson Farfan, 14-Gabriel Costa, 18-Santiago Ormeno, 20-Horacio Calcaterra, 17-Alex Valera

(Not in squad: Sergio Pena, Oslimg Mora)

How to watch Argentina vs. Peru

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 14
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Streaming: fuboTV

Argentina vs. Peru and every World Cup qualifying match in South America can be streamed exclusively on fuboTV  in English and Spanish.

WATCH: South American World Cup qualifiers on fuboTV

The matches are also available on a pay-per-view basis via cable and satellite TV providers. 

Argentina vs. Peru: Betting odds & prediction

Odds courtesy of DraftKings

Pick: Under 2.75 Asian total goals (+105)

Especially in light of their absences, Peru will likely aim to get out of town with a draw. That would require a conservative strategy predicated on interrupting the flow of the game. You don’t want to get in a track meet against Argentina’s transition game.

For an example of what to potentially expect, take Peru’s road game in Brazil in September: 29 combined fouls, nine total yellow cards and only five total shots on target. In the October 2017 scoreless draw in Buenos Aires, also with Gareca as its coach, Peru only took two shots.

The under 2.5 total goals (+125) has a shot in this game, but the Asian total is a safer play. In Peru’s past nine qualifiers, only two have seen three or more goals. Two of Argentina’s five home qualifiers have gone over. And when these two teams played in Peru in November 2020, it was a 2-0 Argentina win.

The under 2.75 Asian total refunds half the bet if it’s exactly a three-goal game.

Prediction: Argentina 2, Peru 0

  • Moneyline: Argentina -575 | Draw +650 | Peru +1600
  • Spread: Argentina -2.5 (+145) | Peru +2.5 (-190)
  • O/U 2.5 total goals: Over -155 | Under +125
  • Both teams to score: Yes +180 | No -240

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