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This player led Peru to a dominant victory against Chile in friendly at Hard Rock Stadium

Chile’s Nicolas Castillo (9) fights for control against Peru’s Renato Tapia (13) during a friendly soccer match between Peru and Chile at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.
Chile’s Nicolas Castillo (9) fights for control against Peru’s Renato Tapia (13) during a friendly soccer match between Peru and Chile at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. mocner@miamiherald.com

An own goal by Chile’s Enzo Roco and two scores by Pedro Aquino gave Peru the victory Friday night at the Hard Rock Stadium.

In a stadium full of red and white jerseys, the classic rivals faced each other for the 78th time in history, their first in U.S. territory.

Still brimming with confidence after their World Cup showing, Peru poked holes in the young Chilean defense for the first 60 minutes, but striker Raul Ruidíaz was twice unable to convert his chances.

Chile struggled to connect between lines, and could not find its characteristic depth in the final third.

On the 63rd minute, Peruvian right winger Andre Carrillo caught a short rebound close to the Chilean area, outran defender Jeraldino, and shot a lob with the outer part of his foot before it went out of bounds.

The sidespin confused center-back Roco, who put it past goalkeeper De Paul.

Peru thrived on the counterattacks, led by Yotún’s ball recovery and Advíncula’s speed on the right side.

Chile’s defense could not handle the Peruvian attacks.

On the 75th minute, only 44 seconds after entering the field, midfielder Aquino received the ball after a run by Flores, and scored to make it 2-0.

He followed that up 10 minutes later with a cross past De Paul. Overjoyed by its team’s play, Peruvian fans in the stands started the traditional ‘oles’ after Aquino’s second goal.

Peru’s coach Ricardo Gareca underlined the importance of a win after two losses in their previous friendlies.

“The important thing is to get over the losses. Now on to recover and moving on,” he said.

Chile’s coach Reinaldo Rueda lamented the turn the game took after Chile’s own goal.

“Peru just gained confidence and we allowed them the space to take over, that is what stays,” Rueda said.

Peru will go on to play the U.S. national team next Tuesday in East Hartford, Connecticut. Chile will play against Mexico next Tuesday in Queretaro.

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