On June 13, the Peruvian team fell on penalties against Australia, in the direct duel of the Qatar 2022 World Cup playoff. The squad led by Ricardo Gareca did not show off its best football version and Renato Tapia recently referred to that match, reflecting his sorrow for the defeat.
“It’s very unfair, everything done in the Qualifiers is summed up in one game. We played bad, it was not our day”, The midfielder initially confessed, in an interview for Directv Sports. Let’s remember that this time, due to the tight schedule, the playoff changed its format and went to a single match.
In the same way, the “Cabezón” reflected on the future of Ricardo Gareca, who has not yet confirmed his continuity at the command of the “Blanquirroja” for the next qualifying process. “All the footballers who have passed through the national team want the teacher to stay”, Said the 26-year-old midfielder.
In addition, Tapia touched on the subject of Advíncula, who was very affected by the missed penalty in the shootout against Australia and even announced on social networks that he was retiring from the national team, although he later deleted his message. “We are convinced that Luis will return to the team, it is important for Peru”, highlighted Tapia.
On the other hand, the Celta de Vigo midfielder from Spain also spoke about the controversy regarding some guests on the flight to Qatar for the playoff: “We are a country where everything is judged. On the subject of the family, we pay for their tickets”.
Finally, thinking about his professional future, Renato highlighted his longing for the national tournament. “For me, it is a dream to play in Alianza Lima. I would like to return to Peru, not so old, and be able to compete for good weather here”, concluded Tapia, who a few days ago put on the blue and white shirt to attend a game in Matute.