This day in history of Ronaldo
LIMA, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Defending champions Brazil face Peru on Sunday without two of their four famous "R's" in the third match of their marathon qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup.
Real Madrid left back Roberto Carlos and Barcelona forward Ronaldinho will be missing through injury as Brazil seek a third straight victory in the competition and defend an unbeaten record against Peru in World Cup qualifiers.
But Rivaldo, who is set to keep his place in the Brazil team despite a lengthy run in the reserves at AC Milan, and striker Ronaldo will be present for what coach Carlos Alberto Parreira expects to be one of his team's most difficult matches.
Although Peru, who are coached by Brazilian Paulo Autuori, have not qualified for the World Cup since 1982, Parreira believes their current side is one of the best since they reached the quarter-finals in Mexico in 1970.
"It's maybe the most difficult game we'll have in the qualifiers," he said.
"They have players who like to attack and Paulo Autuori has managed to give the team a very good balance."
Peru began their campaign with a resounding 4-1 win over Paraguay before losing somewhat unluckily 2-1 away to neighbours Chile.
Autuori has often spoken of giving the team a winning mentality and the players have not been short of confidence this week.
"If we want to go to the World Cup, we have to win at home," said Newcastle United midfielder Nolberto Solano, who has been shunted into the reserves at the premier league club.
"Brazil leave spaces at the back and we have to take advantage of this."
Peru midfielder Carlos Zegarra is suspended and is likely to be replaced by Marko Ciurlizza, who had a brief spell in Brazilian club football with Botafogo.
Junior is the automatic replacement for Roberto Carlos while AC Milan's Kaka is favourite to partner Rivaldo and Ronaldo in attack.
Peru - 1-Erick Delgado; 4-Jorge Soto, 3-Miguel Rebosio, 22-John Galliquio, 5-Martin Hidalgo; 8-Juan Jayo, 19-Marko Ciurlizza, 7-Nolberto Solano, 10-Roberto Palacios; 16-Andres Mendoza, 14-Claudio Pizarro
Brazil - 1-Dida; 2-Cafu, 3-Lucio, 4-Roque Junior, 6-Junior; 5-Gilberto Silva, 8-Emerson, 11-Ze Roberto, 8-Kaka; 10-Rivaldo, 9-Ronaldo
Referee: Oscar Ruiz (Colombia).