Czechs, Peru draw in Kirin Cup
The Czech Republic and Peru fought out a tame goalless draw in the three-nation Kirin Cup today. Peru, who also drew with Japan 0-0 in Niigata on Wednesday, ended the tournament with two draws for two points, while the Czech Republic will play the Asian Cup holders Japan in Yokohama next Tuesday.
In preparation for the Copa America next month, Peru had the better of the play in the first half with Yoshimar Yotun and Michael Guevara sending in several fine crosses, but nobody got on the end of them. Their best chance came at the end of the first period when Luis Advincula hit the ball from close range, but Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech made a fine reflex save.
The Czechs, who were loose in possession at times, had their first real chance soon after when forward Tomas Necid was played in by Kamil Vacek, but he was brought down on the edge of the area. The free kick came to nothing.
The Czech Republic were better after the break, but failed to create another clear scoring chance. After prolonged Czech pressure, Peru had a golden chance when midfielder Christian Cueva sent a decent cross into the area for Schalke striker Jefferson Farfan in the 82nd minute. But Farfan's towering header struck the post and bounced to safety.