After a disappointing comeback and draw with their old foes, Brazil looks to regain their footing in 2018 World Cup qualifying stages against typically downtrodden Peru in Tuesday night’s matchup at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.
Dunga's squad is currently fourth on the CONMEBOL table following Friday’s 1-1 finish with Argentina, while Peru used midfielder Jefferson Farfan’s goal for a rare victory in the qualifying stages over Paraguay.
With just four points after three matches, Brazil will try to take advantage of Peru’s disastrous work away from their homeland in order to climb South America’s qualifying table and squash any talk of an arduous road to Russia.
Overcoming a one-goal deficit after Argentina’s Ezquiel Lavezzi struck, Brazil kept their rivals and the most recent World Cup runner-ups winless in these qualifying rounds behind midfielder Lucas Lima’s goal in the 58th minute.
The draw was even more impressive considering defender David Luiz’s ejection following a second yellow card in the 88th minute, though Argentina didn’t have Lionel Messi on tap to pull away.
Luiz has already reportedly returned to Paris as he serves a one-game ban for his fouls against Argentina, even though the PSG and former Chelsea star expressed some concern over coming back to France following last week’s terrorist attacks.
But Selecao next draw a Peruvian side that’s had little to no road success for quite some time. According to ESPNFC, Peru last won on the road in 2004, a 3-1 triumph over Uruguay, and since then they’ve earned just two draws in 24 away matches.
Yet Farfan’s goal in the 20th minute carried over into a 1-0 victory over Paraguay last week in Lima, further highlighted by keeper Diego Alonso Penny’s three saves and manager Ricardo Gareca’s attack pressuring for six corner kicks.
And while Peru’s away troubles leave them vulnerable against Brazil, their victory over Paraguay was the fifth in their last seven qualifying matchups against the South American rivals.
The 31-year-old Farfan, who was on Peru’s roster back in 2004, finds himself between forward Paolo Guerro’s 25 career goals and forward Claudio Pizarro’s 22 scores with 20 in 73 international matches.
Peru also nearly served Brazil an unprecedented loss at the start of the Copa America this past summer. Selecao required a goal two minutes into added-time from midfielder Douglas Costa to claim a 2-1 win. Dating all the way back to 1986, the narrow victory kept Brazil’s streak of 15 consecutive matches without a loss to Peru intact.
Prediction: Brazil over Peru, 3-0