Peru, which was earlier eliminated, beat Australia 2-0 in their FIFA World Cup Group C preliminary round football (soccer) match at Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia on Tuesday – ending Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds. Denmark and France advance from Group C after a goalless draw in Moscow today – with France topping the Group.
Andre Carrillo’s first-half goal, a half-volley from inside the area, was Peru’s first in a World Cup since 1982, the last time the South Americans played in the tournament. Peru hadn’t won a World Cup match since defeating Iran in 1978.
Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, who almost missed the tournament because of a doping suspension, scored the second goal early in the second half to give his team an honorable finish after two opening losses.
Tim Cahill, a 38-year-old striker who entered the match in the second half, couldn’t give Australia a boost as it tried to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2006.
The Australians needed to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to France in the other Group C match, but neither result happened. France and Denmark drew 0-0 in Moscow.
Today’s 2-0 win has put an end to Peru’s eight-match winless World Cup streak. Their previous World Cup win was a 4-1 victory against Iran at Argentina 1978.
Meanwhile, Australia have now lost five of their last six World Cup matches, with the recent 1-1 draw against Denmark as the only exception.
“I liked the period of time I worked with these guys. I learned from them and I learned from their mentality. The way they improved, you don’t see that that often on this level. I hope they learned something in the past few months. They can learn from good things but also from bad moment. It’s a little bit of a different feeling after this game. I heard Denmark played a draw, so even if we won by three or four goals it wouldn’t have mattered, other than the feelings for the players.” – Australia coach Bert van Marwijk said after the game.
“Often times you look at situations and you look at what needs to be done. We had all of this great support from our fans in the stadiums, so we took the defeats really hard. I’m really proud of my players. Along the whole journey they always got back up when they were knocked down. Over time, they have learned how to rise to the challenge. We lost two matches and we return with a victory, which is no small feat. It’s something bigger in the grand scheme of things and I want to congratulate my players. I also want to recognise all of the fans here in Russia and the people back home” – Peru Coach Ricardo Gareca said after the game.
“I am very grateful to all the Peruvians fans. Many people who did made the impossible trip to be here. I am happy to give them the victory. We are proud of them.” – Man of the match, Andre Carrillo said after the game.
A total of 32 national football teams are participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in 11 cities across Russia between June 14 and July 15.
The teams were divided into eight groups, with four in each, and the top two from their relevant groups will proceed to the next round, known as the playoffs or the knockout stage, to keep vying for the much-coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Russia is holding its first time ever edition of the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14. The World Cup is being held at 12 arenas across 11 cities with the final set to be played at Luzhniki on July 15. The 11 host cities are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.