By Angu Lesley
- Peru fans are arriving in Doha for World Cup playoff clash with Australia
- Around 12000 Peru supporters are expected to be at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
- Peru and Australia battle to earn sixth FIFA World cup participation.
The Streets of Doha are gradually being colored red and white as thousands of the expected 12000 fans of the Peru national football team have begun arriving the city ahead of Monday’s Qatar 2022 Intercontinental playoff match pitting the Blanchiroja to the Socceroos of Australia.
Scenes of fans of the White and Reds are a common sight in major activities areas of the 2022 FIFA World cup melting point. This Sunday fans gathered at different points with jerseys flares, flags and banners with some even going as far as going to the national team hotel this Sunday to chant songs to galvanize the players.
“I love Qatar, I am here to witness history. I just want to have a great time and cheer our team to victory,” a Peru fan outside JW Mariott Hotel told kick442.com.
The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Qatar will host the first of the two crucial FIFA World Cup 2022™ play-off matches to decide occupants of the final two slots to complete the 32 nations for the greatest global celebration of the beautiful game.
Australia will face Peru in an intercontinental playoff on Monday. The winners will join Denmark, France, and Tunisia in Group D at the global finals.
Peru were ranked 5th at the end of the CONMEBOL qualifiers and will play Australia who defeated UAE 2-1 in the AFC playoff earlier this month.
Monday will be a public holiday in Peru because of the game, this partly explains the turnout of the Peru fans in Doha as they look to get it through the playoff again.
Peru fans ahead of World Cup playoff v Australia in Qatar provides early glimpse of what tournament might look like. Strange sight of fans cheering inside marble halls of air conditioned hotel rather than in street. At least it will be cooler in November.
— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) June 12, 2022
Peru who made their fifth appearance at the global showpiece in 2018 in Russia via the playoff will be looking to earn their sixth qualification for the event against Australia that featured in the last four editions and are looking to make it five in a spin.
The other playoff game is scheduled on Tuesday at the same venue- Costa Rica face New Zealand in the other decider. Its the search for the third World cup tournament while Costa Rica look to return to the competition they enjoy in 2018, reaching the last 8. The winner will join Spain Germany and Japan in group E.
The Supreme Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy which is the main organ for the competition under the leadership of Hassan Al-Thawadi has done a great job to render the tournament more attractive to fans arround the world, thus explaining the massive turnout for the first ever playoffs to happen at a neutral ground.
Peru Vs Australia Face to face
Peru and Australia previously met once in their history, it was in Group C play at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Goals in either half from Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero helped Peru to a a 2-0 win in the that tournament, but they failed to make it to the knockout rounds as Denmark and eventual World champions France and qualified from the group.
Peru has been better in recent times, but will this be reflected in the result of the game?
Peru’s last five matches
Peru 1 – 0 New Zealand
Peru 2 – 0 Paraguay
Peru 0 – 1 Uruguay
Peru 1 -1 Ecuador
Peru 1 – 0 Colombia
Australia’s last five games
Australia 2 – 1 UAE
Australia 2 – 0 Jordan
Australia 0 – 1 Saudi Arabia
Australia 0 – 2 Japan
Australia 2 – 2 Oman
Monday’s team News
Keymen Yoshimar Yotun amongst the midfield options and left back Marcos Lopez trained away from the rest of the squad on Sunday and is feared injured.
Luis Advíncula is in with a chance of starting in the right-back role in place of Aldo Corzo at right back, while Pedro Aquino has a chance to feature in central midfield instead of Renato Tapia. Aquino suffered a blow to the head in training that left him out of sorts, but reports indicate that the coaching staff is confident he’ll be ready to go if called upon against Australia who have no injury worries.
“In these types of matches nobody has the advantage and it is going to be very difficult. Some of the players already have experience playing in a similar atmosphere. Australia and Peru are really prepared for this game. There is a lot at stake, so for many of us this is going to be the match of our lives and we are going to face it like that,” Chile coach Ricardo Gareca explained.
“Our players are ready. They know their jobs. My message for them is they go out and do it the ‘Aussie way’. Fight for 90 minutes and be very physical. Technically, the Peruvians will be surprised by how much Australian football has improved,” Arnold Graham told the media pre-match.
“We think it will be a beautiful game from a physical and technical aspect,” Peru captain Pedro Gallesse told the media in the build up to the showdown.
Australia vs Peru 2022 Squads
Goalkeepers: Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC), Mathew Ryan (Real Sociedad), Danny Vokovic (NEC Nijmegen)
Defenders: Milos Degenek (Columbus Crew), Frank Karacic (Brescia Calcio), Kye Rowles (Central Coast Mariners), Bailey Wright (Sunderland), Aziz Behich (uncontracted), Jason Davidson (Melbourne Victory), Trent Sainsbury (uncontracted), Nathaniel Atkinson (Heart of Midlothian), Joel King (Odense Boldklub)
Midfielders: Denis Genreau (Toulouse FC), Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United), Ajdin Hrustic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jackson Irvine (FC St. Pauli), Riley McGree (Middlesbrough FC), Aaron Mooy (Shanghai Port FC), Gianni Stensness (Viking FK), Kenny Dougall (Blackpool FC)
Forwards: Martin Boyle (Al-Faisaly FC), Nicholas D’Agostino (Melbourne Victory), Mitchell Duke (Fagiao Okayama), Mathew Leckie (Melbourne City), Awer Mabil (uncontracted), Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City), Adam Taggart (Cerezo Osaka), Marco Tilio (Melbourne City)
Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Orlando City), Jose Carvallo (Universitario), Angelo Campos (Alianza Lima)
Defenders: Luis Advincula (Boca Juniors), Christian Ramos (Alianza Lima), Miguel Trauco (Saint-Etienne), Carlos Zambrano (Boca Juniors), Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Alexander Callens (New York City), Luis Abram (Cruz Azul), Miguel Araujo (Emmen), Marcos Lopez (San Jose Earthquakes)
Midfielders: Yoshimar Yotun (Sporting Cristal), Christian Cueva (Al-Fateh), Andre Carrillo (Al-Hilal), Renato Tapia (Celta Vigo), Edison Flores (Club Atlas), Christofer Gonzales (Sporting Cristal), Pedro Aquino (America), Sergio Pena (Malmo), Wilder Cartagena (Al-Ittihad Kalba), Gabriel Costa (Colo-Colo), Horacio Calcaterra (Sporting Cristal), Raziel Garcia (Tolima), Jairo Concha (Alianza Lima)
Forwards: Gianluca Lapadula (Benevento), Santiago Ormeno (Leon), Alex Valera (Universitario)
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