He immediately apologized for the “whole of Peru” after missing a crucial shot during the penalty shootout against Australia and apologized to Luis Advinkula.
Peru’s World Cup dream came to an end after they lost 5-4 to the footballers on penalties in Qatar.
The Peruvian team had an early advantage in the shootout after Martin Boyle missed the opening shot, but a third in the penalty shootout, was abandoned when Advinkula hit the left post in his attempt.
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When Andrew Redmaine saved the sixth shot, the Scorsese booked their place in the World Cup final, while Peru, who beat Australia in the 2018 World Cup, had to wait four years for their release.
In an Instagram post he deleted, but reported by multiple Peruvian outlets, Advinkula said he would no longer be available for national elections.
“First of all, I would like to apologize to my family and friends for all that I have done to hurt Peru,” he wrote.
“I am solely responsible for this defeat and my life will not be enough to apologize.
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“I’m here today, I’m one step closer to the election. I don’t think I have the strength to get out of it. To my colleagues, thank you so much for everything and sorry for so little.”
The 32-year-old has played more than 100 matches for Peru since his debut in 2010.
The Peruvian captain, goalkeeper Pedro Galles said players would gather around those who were struggling with their eradication passion.
“(I) am proud of my teammates that we have faced adversity,” he said.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game and it was. We’re sorry. It’s a big pain for us. Now, it’s left to support (the players) who are having a hard time.”
The Peruvian coach, Ricardo Gareca of Argentina, would shake his arm and jump from the side when the Peruvians were about to take their penalty shot when asked about his reaction to Redmine.
“I have nothing to say if it’s within the rules, it’s governed by the referee,” he said.
“Feelings of these moments of pain and despair overwhelm us all. It is a great disappointment.
“It was a very difficult game. We didn’t want to go to a penalty shootout.”
Peru has qualified for the World Cup finals only five times in 1930, 1970, 1982, 1982 and 2016.
Gareca will not speculate about his future with the Peruvian team, as his contract has ended with a loss to Sucrose.
“Now is not the time to talk about it. Once we get to Lima on time, I’ll see what I do,” he said.
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