Peru and Venezuela signed a goalless draw on Saturday in Porto Alegre for Group A of the CONMEBOLCopa América Brazil 2019, in the tournament’s first 0-0 tie.
The tie leaves both teams behind Brazil, who beat Bolivia 3-0 in the opening match of the Cup in Sao Paulo.
At the start, the duel was stopped by the accumulation of fouls cutting the rhythm to both teams, but in the complement directed by Ricardo Gareca showed greater vocation offensive against the Venezuelan team that preferred to retreat and counterattack ending with ten players by expulsion of Luis Mago (75).
Neither the Vinotinto, who reached the Cup with their morale elevated by a win over the United States in preparation, nor the Peruvians were able to dominate the ball with criteria for long minutes.
Now, in the second matchday of Group A on Tuesday 18 June, Bolivia will face Peru at the Maracaná in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil will host Venezuela in Salvador.
• Peru and Venezuela tied for the third consecutive time; the previous two times were a 2-2, in 2016 and 2017, in the Elimination to Russia 2018.
• Peru and Venezuela tied without goals for the third time in their history: in a friendly in January 1993 and in June 2004 in the 2006 World Cup Qualyfication.
• Venezuela maintains a five-game unbeaten record in their CONMEBOL Copa América debut (2V 3T); the last time they lost their first game in the competition was in 2004 (0-1 vs. Colombia).
• Venezuela has tied seven CONMEBOL Copa América matches since 2007 (6V 5D), only Paraguay has more parity since that edition (9E).
• Peru accumulated six matches without a defeat in CONMEBOL Copa América (3V 3T), equaling its greatest ever streak in the competition (5V 1E between 1937 and 1939).
• Peru made three straight matches without conceding goals in CONMEBOL Copa América, something they achieved for the first time in the competition’s history (1V 2T): 1-0 against Brazil and 0-0 against Colombia in 2016, 0-0 against Venezuela in 2019.
• There were 10 shots on goal in the match between Venezuela (5) and Peru (5); the most in a 0-0 tie in CONMEBOL Copa América since 2011 (also 10, Paraguay vs Venezuela).
• Peru remains undefeated against Venezuela in official competitions with Ricardo Gareca as coach (1V 3E).
• Paolo Guerrero of Peru completed only three passes in the first half against Venezuela: one to Jefferson Farfan, one to Luis Advincula and one to Miguel Trauco; in fact, he had more finishing efforts (4) than full passes (3) in that half.
• Venezuelan Luis Del Pino Mago saw the first red card of the 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América; five of the last six expulsions of Venezuelan Copa América players were against Peru.