Peru and Paraguay will face each other today to open the Copa America 2021 quarter-finals. La Blanquirroja has been the surprise of the tournament, stunning Colombia and Venezuela to win the second place of Group B. Paraguay also had a good run in the group stage, with two wins. 

This will be the second time that Ricardo Gareca will face off Paraguay in this tournament, since he became Peru’s coach. Against La Albirroja, Peru under the hand of Gareca has a favorable record: five victories and one draw in six games. 

However, in general, Paraguay has the advantage against Peru. In Copa America, they have faced each other 17 times and La Albirroja has seven wins, while Peru has three. The other seven games ended up in a draw. 

Peru’s confirmed starting XI 

Peru celebrate a goal against Venezuela (Getty).

For this game, Ricardo Gareca won't start Marcos Lopez, who has trained with the team after not being able to play against Venezuela. Gianluca Ladapula, who didn’t train with the team and was in doubt, will finally start.

Therefore, this will be Peru's confirmed lineup: Pedro Gallese; Aldo Corzo, Christian Ramos, Anderson Santamaría, Miguel Trauco; Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yotún; André Carrillo, Sergio Peña, Christian Cueva; Gianluca Lapadula. 

Paraguay’s confirmed lineup 

Miguel Almiron is in doubt for this game (Getty).

Eduardo Berizzo, on the other hand, has almost all his players available for this match but he will lose the magic of Miguel Almirón, who got injured against Uruguay. Also, Antonio Bareiro is out. 

So, Paraguay’s confirmed lineup for this match will e: Antony Silva, Alberto Espinola, Gustavo Gomez, Júnior Alonso, David Martinez, Mathias Villasanti, Angel Cardozo Lucena, Richard Sanchez, Angel Romero, Santiago Arzamendia, Carlos Gonzalez.