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San Jose Earthquakes’ Marcos Lopez features in Peru loss vs. Chile

Arturo Vidal stole the headlines with a brace.

FBL-WC-2022-CHI-PER Photo by MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP via Getty Images

One San Jose Earthquakes player is on international duty in South America right now, participating in South American World Cup qualifying, and on Friday suffered with his team in a loss.

It was the Arturo Vidal show, as Chile downed Peru 2-0 in Santiago, Chile Friday night, with the midfielder bagging a brace in the win. Both of his goals came in the first half, while San Jose defender Marcos Lopez was not on the field.

Here’s the first goal of the night.

Instead, Lopez was a substitute at the hour mark for Peru coach Ricardo Gareca, but the visitors could not get back in the game and lost the road clash.

The result means Peru are winless in their first three games of qualifying, as they currently sit in 8th place among the 10 teams, with the top four guaranteed a spot in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 5th place finisher getting an intercontinental playoff spot.

But there’s a long road ahead, with the next clash scheduled for Tuesday in Lima against Argentina. That’s a tough one, but Argentina are not always dominant on the road in qualifying, so Lopez and his teammates will have to regroup and try and nab their first win of this cycle in that game.

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