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Venezuela tops Peru 1-0 in soccer friendly at Lockhart Stadium

Venezuela’s Ronson Salomon (23) and Peru’s Renato Tapia battle for the ball in the first half during a friendly game at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
Venezuela’s Ronson Salomon (23) and Peru’s Renato Tapia battle for the ball in the first half during a friendly game at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. el Nuevo Herald

Ricardo Gareca will have to wait another match to enjoy his first win as Peru’s national team coach. Gareca’s debut proved unsuccessful as Venezuela defeated Peru 1-0 in an international friendly before a crowd of approximately 13,000 Tuesday night at Lockhart Stadium.

Josef Martinez’s goal in the 60th minute broke a scoreless tie. Salomon Rondon sent a pass to Martinez, who dribbled into the large area and beat Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese with a 15-yard shot that landed inside the right post.

Venezuela goalkeeper Alain Baroja denied Peru’s Christian Cueva with a sliding leg save of Cueva’s attempt to tie the score in the 82nd minute.

Prior to Martinez’s strike, the match lacked offensive opportunities but featured excessive physical play. Five Venezuela players were assessed yellow cards. A brief skirmish between the teams broke in the 52nd minute, resulting in yellow cards to Venezuela’s Roberto Rosales and Peru’s Christian Ramos.

Peru’s Jean-Carlos Deza had the first scoring opportunity of the match in the 21st minute. Deza dribbled past two defenders and took an open shot from 22 yards that was stopped by Baroja.

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