Qatar 2022: Australia, Peru face off in World Cup qualifier | Qatar World Cup 2022 News | Al Jazeera

    when: monday 13 june where: ahmad bin ali stadium, qatar start: 18:00 gmt

    doha, qatar: australia and peru will meet in qatar on monday night in a game that peru’s captain, pedro gallese, has called the “match of our lives”, with the winners secured a place in the 2022 world cup.

    Reading: Peru world cup qualifiers

    Australia, nicknamed the ‘socceroos’, reached the playoff final after a thrilling 2-1 victory against the United Arab Emirates last week, earning them a place in the decider on Monday.

    Meanwhile, peru finished fifth in the world cup group of the south american football confederation (conmebol), giving them one last chance to qualify for the world cup to be held in qatar starting on November 21 of this year.

    Peru beat New Zealand in a warm-up match in Barcelona last week, raising the team’s hopes of emulating that result on Monday.

    The Peruvian government announced a public holiday for Monday, anticipating that much of the country will closely follow the game that begins at 1 p.m. m., Peru time.

    Peru supporters pose for a picture in the Qatari capital Doha on June 11, 2022

    Peru supporters pose for a picture in Doha [Karim Jaafar/AFP]

    Head to head

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

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    However, both teams failed to reach the knockout stage in that tournament.

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

    ‘the match of our lives’

    “No one has the advantage and it will be very difficult,” said the Galician from Peru, who is also the goalkeeper, at a press conference in Doha on Sunday.

    “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 this”.

    Peru’s coach, Ricardo Gareca, announced the return of two players to the team after recovering from injuries: Luis Advincula, from the Boca Juniors club in Argentina, and Renato Tapia, who plays for Celta de Vigo in Spain.


    Australia’s players take part in a training session at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha [Mustafa Abumunes/AFP]

    On midfielder Yoshimar Yotun’s inclusion, Garcea said they would wait until Monday to announce whether he will participate.

    Meanwhile, on the socceroos field, the coaches are hoping for positive news on defenseman trent sainsbury and forward adam taggart.

    “yes, we have the players who had a couple of problems, they are healthy and fit. we’re pushing to get back to the starting eleven, but also to the 23-man squad,” Australian coach Graham Arnold told a news conference on Sunday.

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    Monday’s winners will be placed in group d, which includes france, denmark and tunisia.

    a total of 30 countries have qualified for the 32-team world cup.

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    (Al Jazeera)

    Route to World Cup playoff – last five games


    beat united arab emirates 2-1 lost to saudi arabia 1-0 lost to japan 1-0 tied with oman 2-2 beat vietnam 4-0


    won paraguay 2-0 lost to uruguay 1-0 tied with ecuador 1-1 beat colombia 1-0 beat venezuela 2-1

    what they said

    ricardo gareca, coach of peru: “it is a crucial match… we have known each other for seven years and this team has already faced and overcome difficult moments knowing how difficult the road can be, but we want to live matches like this and we are prepared for this type of match.”

    australian defender jason davidson: “I think the guys are excited to go out and get the job done. For us, the belief is in the team. we have been here for two weeks now. we have won two games. trust is high and we believe in each other… it’s going to be a tough game. but as I said, the boys are full of faith and we are one step away from going to the world cup.”

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