International Friendlies

Peru 2-0 Scotland

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Highlights: Peru 2-0 Scotland

Goalkeeper Jordan Archer endured a difficult debut as Scotland conceded a goal either side of half-time against Peru.

The Millwall goalkeeper rushed from his line and left his goal exposed, leading to Scott McKenna blocking a resulting shot with his hand.

Christian Cueva converted the spot-kick for the World Cup-bound Peruvians.

Jefferson Farfan added the second after the interval, his shot slipping beneath Archer's hand.

The goalkeeper was one of four new caps in the starting line-up, alongside Stephen O'Donnell, Lewis Stevenson and Dylan McGeouch.

A further three - Graeme Shinnie, Lewis Morgan and Chris Cadden - made debuts off the bench, and the inexperience told as Peru upped the tempo and the pressure to secure both their goals from defensive errors.

Scotland defender Stephen O'Donnell and Peru's Miguel Trauco
Kilmarnock full-back Stephen O'Donnell was one of four debutants in the starting line-up against Peru

Alex McLeish would consider both of the goals that his side conceded as avoidable, which may provide the Scotland manager with some solace, as otherwise the visitors were not outclassed, although they were clearly second best.

McGeouch and Morgan, who came on midway through the second period, were the most assured of the debutants, but none of the outfield players did their chances of further caps any harm.

Peru, by contrast to a Scotland starting XI that had 59 caps between them, boasted experience in droves, with more than 500 international appearances as a collective.

With a boisterous, if not hostile, home crowd behind them, they initially caused the inexperienced Scottish defence some disquiet, with their slick, sharp passing and movement.

But the visitors quickly settled into the game, finding their own rhythm, with Stevenson and O'Donnell, the debutant full-backs, looking composed in possession on either flank.

Peru's Christian Cueva scores against Scotland
Peru's Christian Cueva opened the scoring against Scotland from the penalty spot

Indeed, before the opening goal, Archer had coped well in turning a Cueva free kick round the post and otherwise had only a tame Farfan shot to deal with.

But just as it looked as though Scotland might see out the first half on level terms, the goalkeeper was rash in trying to deal with a long ball down the Peruvian left channel.

He clattered into Charlie Mulgrew, who appeared to have the situation under control, allowing Farfan a sight of goal that was ultimately blocked by the elbow of McKenna.

It was a clear penalty and was comfortably despatched by the lively Cueva.

Archer might have been further demoralised a few minutes later after allowing a long-range Andre Carrillo shot to come off his chest, but O'Donnell's challenge denied Cueva a second from the rebound.

Scotland midfielder Dylan McGeouch against Peru
Hibernian midfielder Dylan McGeouch was an assured performer on his Scotland debut

Scotland had been unable to trouble Jose Carvallo in the Peru goal, but had given a reasonable account of themselves in the opening period, with Scott McTominay a commanding presence in the centre of the park.

But they were undone defensively once more before the second half was two minutes old.

Edison Flores was allowed two opportunities to pull the ball back to a teammate from the left and when he found Farfan, the striker's shot somehow found its way underneath the beleaguered Archer grasp.

Scotland battled manfully to avoid a more embarrassing scoreline, remaining organised as Peru probed. It was a testing 90 minutes for the Scots, but given the circumstances they emerged with their dignity intact.

Peru now set off for Europe - first for a game against Saudi Arabia in Switzerland on Sunday before a final warm-up match against Sweden in Gothenburg. Then it's on to Russia and their first World Cup appearance in 36 years against Denmark.

For Scotland, Mexico and another friendly beckons.



  • 21Carvallo
  • 17AdvínculaSubstituted forCorzoat 87'minutes
  • 15Ramos
  • 2Rodríguez
  • 6Trauco
  • 20Flores
  • 13TapiaSubstituted forCartagenaat 84'minutes
  • 19YotúnSubstituted forRuidíazat 69'minutes
  • 18CarrilloSubstituted forPoloat 69'minutes
  • 10FarfánSubstituted forHurtadoat 81'minutes
  • 8CuevaSubstituted forAquinoat 80'minutes


  • 1Gallese
  • 3Corzo
  • 4Santamaría
  • 5Araujo
  • 7Hurtado
  • 11Ruidíaz
  • 12Cáceda
  • 14Polo
  • 16Peña
  • 22Loyola
  • 23Aquino
  • 24Cartagena
  • 25Abram


  • 1Archer
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5Mulgrew
  • 4McKenna
  • 3Stevenson
  • 6McGeouchSubstituted forShinnieat 76'minutes
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forCaddenat 87'minutes
  • 10McTominay
  • 8McGinnSubstituted forPatersonat 63'minutes
  • 11MurphySubstituted forMcBurnieat 63'minutes
  • 9PhillipsSubstituted forMorganat 72'minutes


  • 12McLaughlin
  • 13Hendry
  • 14Paterson
  • 15Cadden
  • 16Shinnie
  • 17Christie
  • 18McBurnie
  • 19Morgan
  • 20Russell
  • 21Bain
Fernando Guerrero Ramírez

Match Stats

Home TeamPeruAway TeamScotland
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Match ends, Peru 2, Scotland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peru 2, Scotland 0.

Offside, Peru. Andy Polo tries a through ball, but Raúl Ruidíaz is caught offside.

Raúl Ruidíaz (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott McKenna (Scotland).

Corner, Scotland. Conceded by Alberto Rodríguez.


Substitution, Scotland. Chris Cadden replaces Kenny McLean.


Substitution, Peru. Aldo Corzo replaces Luis Advíncula.


Substitution, Peru. Wilder Cartagena replaces Renato Tapia.

Foul by Edison Flores (Peru).

Graeme Shinnie (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Pedro Aquino (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Scotland).


Substitution, Peru. Paolo Hurtado replaces Jefferson Farfán.


Substitution, Peru. Pedro Aquino replaces Christian Cueva.

Attempt missed. Miguel Trauco (Peru) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Renato Tapia.

Attempt blocked. Jefferson Farfán (Peru) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Cueva.


Substitution, Scotland. Graeme Shinnie replaces Dylan McGeouch.

Alberto Rodríguez (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Scotland).

Attempt blocked. Charlie Mulgrew (Scotland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Edison Flores (Peru).

Kenny McLean (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


Substitution, Scotland. Lewis Morgan replaces Matt Phillips.

Edison Flores (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Scotland).


Substitution, Peru. Andy Polo replaces André Carrillo.


Substitution, Peru. Raúl Ruidíaz replaces Yoshimar Yotún.

Offside, Scotland. Callum Paterson tries a through ball, but Oliver McBurnie is caught offside.

Offside, Peru. Miguel Trauco tries a through ball, but André Carrillo is caught offside.


Substitution, Scotland. Callum Paterson replaces John McGinn.


Substitution, Scotland. Oliver McBurnie replaces Jamie Murphy.

Alberto Rodríguez (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Phillips (Scotland).

Foul by Yoshimar Yotún (Peru).

John McGinn (Scotland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jefferson Farfán (Peru) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Miguel Trauco.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match André Carrillo (Peru) because of an injury.

André Carrillo (Peru) wins a free kick in the attacking half.