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Chileans single out Solano as danger man

March 26, 2009

Chile have identified Peru captain Nolberto Solano as the main threat in their World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

The 34-year-old Solano has made an inspirational return to his homeland to play for Universitario after 12 years overseas, with his free kicks and long-range shots representing two of Peru's best attacking options.

"He's a very experienced player who gives Peru a special mystique," midfielder Marco Estrada told reporters on Wednesday.

"He has a winning mentality and he's a player everyone looks up to in Peru."

Team mate Pablo Contreras said he was glad Peru would be without German-based strikers Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan, who have completed suspensions for indiscipline but were not recalled by coach Jose del Solar.

"It's an advantage for us that Peru are not going to be able to count on the quality of these players," the Greek-based defender said.

"It's one of the reasons we have got a chance end this run of results we've had in Lima. If we don't win this time, I don't know when we're going to get another chance."

Peru are bottom of the 10-team South American group with seven points from 10 games while Chile are fourth with 16.