Peru leaves the World Cup tournament with two goals for, two against, and only three points on the table, with the chance of extending Gareca's contract hanging in the balance, but confident this generation of players he led is prepared to compete at the highest level.
"Several factors shall be considered before making a decision. Taking a prudent time to think things over and cool down," said coach Ricardo Gareca
, known as El Tigre (The Tiger), who had signed a contract with the Peruvian national team until the 2018 World Cup
In Russia, several players confirmed the step forward they had taken in the South American qualifying campaign.
Andre Carrillo, the star
He leaves Russia with the honor of having scored the first goal for Peru. With this 2-0 win over Australia
, Peruvians had their first victory in the World Cup in 40 years.
Edison Flores, key first-team player
Edison 'Big Ears' Flores
, 24, is one of the most popular players among fans. He cemented himself as a first-team player in Russia 2018.
Aquino and Santamaria, the surprises
Lacking any leading role, both Pedro Aquino
and Anderson Santamaria
jumped on to the Peru train showing the Andean nation has plenty of players to pick from.