The first half was slow to come to life, with both sides unwilling to risk too much given the importance of the game. The first clear-cut opportunities would eventually fall to Peru, but talismanic midfielder Reimond Manco was found wanting on two occasions. Togo, for their part, struggled to penetrate their opponents' penalty area but nonetheless enjoyed long spells of possession, midfielder Alikem Segbefia being particularly instrumental.
After the break, the West Africans came out in determined mood
and took the game to the Peruvians, who had their inspired
goalkeeper Eder "
El Gato" Hermoza to thank on more than one occasion
for keeping the score sheet blank.
The South Americans seemed content to hit their opponents on the counter-attack and came close to breaching Mensah Nsouhoho's goal after the introduction of Cesar Ruiz. The midfielder proved a real handful for the Sparrowhawks' defence after coming on midway through the second half. In the end, however, both sides had to make do with a point.