Australia eye win to reach Round of 16

26 June, 2018, 23:32 | Author: Isabel Grant

The Socceroos needed to win to have any chance of reaching the last 16, but they were beaten by goals from André Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero leaving Denmark and France as the qualifiers from Group C.

Their opener would have been worthy of winning any World Cup match, Andre Carrillo volleying Guerrero's weighted cross into the net to beckon forth a cavalcade of emotion from the hordes of Peru fans packing the stands in Sochi. If France win and Australia can beat Peru with a sufficient goal difference then the Socceroos will advance for the first time since 2006.

Yet their hopes of turning the tide in the second half were dealt a hammer blow five minutes after the break as Peru increased their advantage, Christian Cueva setting up Guerrero to hook a shot beyond Ryan.

They set about it immediately as Jedinak's far-post header was denied by Gallese and Trent Sainsbury fired wide from close range, while substitute Cahill had a volleyed effort blocked in the penalty area. The Socceroos have benefitted from strong play by central midfielder Aaron Mooy, who scored their tying goal against the Danes. Peru take the lead!

While Australia reached the knockout rounds in Germany, Hiddink enjoyed the fruits of the team's "golden generation", a squad of players competing in Europe's biggest leagues.

Urawa Red Diamonds striker Andrew Nabbout would have started in attack if he was fit, though Juric actually has the superior Australia record (eight in 36 caps). As for Peru two changes.

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Peru, who are already out, bring Anderson Santamaria into their defence in place of Alberto Rodriguez, who has been struggling for fitness.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Bert van Marwijk or Ricardo Gareca?

Australia has been pragmatic, to say the least in their two group games.

A training ground collision left Jefferson Farfan temporarily paralysed with the Peruvian attacker now a confirmed absentee for his side's final World Cup clash against Australia. Few can forget his decisive header against Syria in the qualifiers for the 2018 tournament. That being said, van Marwijk is hoping France wants to finish the group stage with a more appealing performance than its first two games.

André Carrillo was Peru's best player in the defeat to France and poised a real threat on the wing.

Like other nations that lack a strong tradition in soccer, Australia tends to look overseas for guidance, and particularly to the Netherlands for its tactical nous. Watch the Live & Exclusive stream of the game on MAX HD3 & beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

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