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Why are Peru insisting on bringing their own water bottles to play Argentina?

Peru head to Argentina in a decisive 2018 World Cup qualifier and they aren't leaving anything to chance

Boots? Kits? Balls? Water bottles? Guys, who’s got the water bottles?

Peru are leaving nothing to chance ahead of their crunch 2018 World Cup qualifier with Argentina.

Los Incas currently occupy the last automatic qualifying spot ahead of Argentina, who are in fifth on goal difference.


No stress in the Peruvian camp

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No stress in the Peruvian camp

The two meet in Buenos Aires in the early hours of Friday morning, and Peru are so keen to avoid any mishaps that they are bringing their own water bottles.

But Peru aren’t just being paranoid.

Cast your minds back to Italia ’90, if you were around, and in particular a game between Brazil and Argentina.

Diego in full flight

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Diego in full flight

Brazil allege that, with the scores tied at 0-0 during the first round of the knockout stages, Argentina supplied their players with water spiked by tranquillisers.

Left-back Branco claimed he felt dizzy and ill after drinking the water during the game, which Argentina went on to win 1-0.

While there has never been concrete proof of the spiking, even to this day it is a bone of contention between Argentina and Brazil.

Sending a year seven out to fight a year nine

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Sending a year seven out to fight a year nine

Peru have taken note and decided that the best plan of action is to remove any of the doubt and bring their own bottles.

So don’t expect to see Lionel Messi and Jefferson Farfan swapping drinks at any point during the game.

And if anyone looks like they should be at Fabric rather than on a football pitch…