Australia eliminated from World Cup as Peru leaves on high note

Elena Summers
June 26, 2018

But Bert van Marwijk's side would have felt it was deja vu, as they surged forward in numbers but lacked the polish to conjure a score.

Australia face Peru in their final group game on Wednesday morning (AEST) requiring a win and a favour from France against Denmark to reach the World Cup knockout stages.

Cahill came on early in the second half but was unable to score the goal that would have seen him join an elite group of players - including Pele and Cristiano Ronaldo - to have found the net at four World Cups.

Peru striker Jefferson Farfan will miss the game as he recovers in hospital from "head trauma" as a result of a training-ground collision.

It was Peru's first World Cup goal since Guillermo La Rosa scored in a 5-1 defeat by Poland at the 1982 finals in Spain.

Australia's best chance to score came in the 27th minute when Tom Rogic made a run through the Peru defence and had his shot saved by goalkeeper Pedro Gallese. The youngest player at the World Cup was creating all sorts of mayhem on the left hand side, but Peru stood firm thanks to an additional dose of fortune.

Having steered Australia through the hard work of qualifying, Postecoglou quit in November, leaving a team questioning its identity before their fourth straight World Cup. It played relatively well in the opener against the French and had chances to get more than a draw against Denmark. Opting for a safety-first approach in the 2-1 defeat to France and the 1-1 draw against Denmark.

"We played against France, Denmark and Peru, in all three games we gave good performances and this team has really improved since the day I started working with them", van Marwijk said. It's last World Cup victory was a 4-1 result against Iran in the first round of the 1978 tournament in Argentina. Granted, Australia don't pose the same threat as their other group foes, but this looked more like the counter-attuned, wily Peru that got to the World Cup in the first place.

Experienced striker Guerrero, who was only allowed to play in the tournament after the captains of Peru's World Cup opponents petitioned Federation Internationale de Football Association to temporarily lift his suspension, made the most of what may have been his final appearance for Los Incas, who finished with three points to add to the many plaudits they have won in Russia.

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