Qatar 2022: Australia and Peru face off in World Cup qualifiers | Qatar 2022 News

The winners of the qualification, which takes place in Qatar, will qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

When: Monday 13 June
Where: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Qatar
Kicking off: 18:00 GMT

Doha, Qatar – Australia and Peru face off in Qatar on Monday night in what Peru’s captain Pedro Gallese has dubbed the ‘game of our lives’, with winners guaranteed a place at the 2022 World Cup.

Australia, nicknamed ‘Socceroos’, are through to the play-off final after a thrilling 2-1 win over the United Arab Emirates last week that earned them a spot in Monday’s decider.

Meanwhile, Peru finished fifth in the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) World Cup group, giving them one last chance at qualifying for the World Cup, which takes place in Qatar from November 21 this year.

Last week, Peru beat New Zealand in a warm-up game in Barcelona, ​​raising hopes for the team to replicate that result on Monday.

The Peruvian government has announced a public holiday for Monday in anticipation that much of the country will eagerly watch the game, which begins at 1 p.m. Peru time.

Peru supporters pose for a photo in the Qatari capital Doha on June 11, 2022
Peru supporters pose for a photo in Doha [Karim Jaafar/AFP]

head to head

The only previous game the two countries have played against each other was the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where Peru managed a 2-0 win.

However, both teams did not make it to the knockout stages of this tournament.

Peru is ranked 22nd in the world and Australia 42nd.

“Game of Our Lives”

“No one has an advantage and it’s going to be very difficult,” Peru’s Gallese, who is also a goalkeeper, told a news conference in Doha on Sunday.

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“The stakes are high so for many of us this will be the game of our lives and we will approach it that way.”

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca announced the return of two players to the squad after recovering from injuries – Luis Advincula from Argentine club Boca Juniors and Renato Tapia, who plays for Spanish club Celta Vigo.

Australia's players take part in a training session at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on June 12, 2022
Australia’s players take part in a training session at Doha’s Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium [Mustafa Abumunes/AFP]

As for the inclusion of midfielder Yoshimar Yotun, Garcea said they would wait until Monday to announce if he would attend.

Meanwhile, coaches in the Socceroos camp are awaiting positive news from defender Trent Sainsbury and forward Adam Taggart.

“Yes, we have the players who have had some problems, they are healthy and fit. We’re pushing to get back in the starting XI, but also in the 23-man squad,” Australia coach Graham Arnold said at a press conference on Sunday.

Monday’s winners will be placed in Group D, which includes France, Denmark and Tunisia.

A total of 30 countries have qualified for the World Cup with 32 teams.

INTERACTIVE - Teams that qualified for the 2022 World Cup - GAME PREVIEW
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Road to World Cup playoffs – last five games

Australia

Beat UAE 2-1
Lost 1-0 to Saudi Arabia
Lost 1-0 to Japan
Draw with Oman 2-2
Beat Vietnam 4-0

Peru

Beat Paraguay 2-0
Lost 1-0 to Uruguay
Draw with Ecuador 1-1
Beat Colombia 1-0
Beat Venezuela 2-1

what they said

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca: “It’s a crucial game … we’ve known each other for seven years now and this national team has already managed and overcome complicated moments because they knew how difficult the path can be, but we want to experience games like this and we are prepared for that kind of game .”

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Australia defender Jason Davidson: “I think the guys are just excited to get out there and get the job done. For us, the squad is part of the faith. We’ve been here for two weeks now. We won two games. There’s a lot of trust and we believe in each other… It’s going to be a tough game. But like I said, the lads are full of confidence and we’re just one step away from the World Cup.”

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