Witness the complete replay and highlights of the thrilling battle between Peru and Argentina. This match was a pivotal fixture in the World Cup 2026 Qualification – CONMEBOL, Round 4, and it didn’t disappoint.
The excitement kicked off at 00:00 GMT on Tuesday, October 18, 2023, at the renowned Estadio Nacional de Lima in Lima. Guiding the match with fairness and precision was the esteemed referee, Valenzuela J. from Venezuela.
This was more than just a game; it was a clash of titans with World Cup qualification at stake. The Estadio Nacional de Lima bore witness to the intensity of this encounter, and the fans were treated to an unforgettable spectacle.
Peru vs Argentina Full Match Reports
Two sensational first-half goals from the maestro Lionel Messi propelled Argentina to a comfortable 2-0 triumph over a lackluster Peru side at the majestic Estadio Nacional de Lima. This victory not only preserves La Albiceleste’s impeccable record in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers but also prolongs La Blanquirroja’s unfortunate streak of five winless matches.
As anticipated, Argentina immediately seized control of the game, dictating the tempo with finesse. Peru, on the other hand, opted to adopt a defensive posture and await counter-attacking opportunities. Meanwhile, Argentina’s midfield triumvirate, guided by the brilliant Alexis Mac Allister, effortlessly commanded the proceedings. Peru, however, gradually found their footing in the game and generated a few promising moments. Yet, their efforts were insufficient to seriously threaten the vigilant Emiliano Martínez, who has maintained a clean sheet for his nation since the FIFA World Cup final victory.
Noteworthy scoring opportunities materialized at both ends. Julián Álvarez and Paolo Guerrero presented the most compelling chances for their respective teams in the initial 25 minutes. Nevertheless, Argentina’s subsequent surge in intensity proved pivotal in breaking the deadlock. Lionel Messi, their iconic forward, unleashed an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net after a precise delivery from Nicolás González.
Peru appeared disoriented following the conceded goal, and Messi, the star of the night, extended Argentina’s lead just before halftime with a precise finish.
At halftime, Peru’s manager, Juan Reynoso, made four changes in a bid to reinvigorate his side. While Joao Grimaldo and Bryan Reyna exhibited flashes of brilliance, Argentina continued to maintain unwavering control over the match. Messi even completed a hat-trick, but one of his goals was disallowed following a VAR decision.
The remainder of the contest transpired as a one-sided affair, akin to an open practice session for Argentina. Lionel Scaloni’s squad maintained over 70 percent possession midway through the second half. Scoring opportunities became increasingly scarce as Argentina efficiently saw out the game, while Peru struggled to devise a goal, let alone mount a potential comeback.
Scaloni’s charges retain their pristine record in the World Cup Qualifiers, topping the standings with 12 points from four rounds. They are now unbeaten in 14 consecutive matches. In contrast, Peru has yet to secure a victory in their four qualifiers. Both teams are scheduled to return to action in November, with Peru facing Bolivia in La Paz and Argentina hosting Uruguay at the Estadio Monumental.
Man of the Match: Lionel Messi (Argentina)