This time, it will be one or the other. Australia and Peru, both of which qualified for the last The world Cup through the Intercontinental Playoff, ready to take a place in the queue when the soccer marquee tournament starts in November.
In 2017, Peru beat Oceania champions New Zealand and Australia beat Honduras to book a place in Russia. Unlike those home and away encounters, this is the only one-time, winner-take-all match in Qatar’s Al Rayyan late this Monday.
“We’re all ready for this – we’re all ready for this kind of match,” said Ricardo Guerrero, who guided Peru to fifth place in the South American qualification. “It’s a major match and the fact that we’ve already played in the Inter-Continental Playoffs, I don’t think it’s that important.
“From that point of view, apart from the fact that we have extensive experience, Australia too.”
About 12,000 Peruvian fans are expected to be at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium for the big game and expect the same result as their only previous meeting between the two countries.
Gareka was in charge when Peru beat Australia 2-0 in the last round of Group C at the 2018 World Cup, while both teams were already knocked out by France and Denmark. The same two European teams are waiting with Tunisia in Group D in 2022.
“What we want to do is keep growing. We have known each other for seven years in our national team, “said Gareka. “We have experienced very difficult situations, we face them, we know the way forward is difficult but this is what we want to do. We are all ready for this. “
Perhaps one of the advantages for the Soccers is that the team beat the UAE 2-1 in the Asian Elimination Games last week to win the play-offs in Qatar.
“It’s a game now. It’s 90 minutes,” said Australia coach Graham Arnold, who was an assistant to Gus Hiddink in 2005 when soccer beat Uruguay in a play-off penalty shootout to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 32 years.
“The biggest game (was) 2005,” Arnold added. “I put this game with him.”
Unlike Peru, which started slowly qualifying before reaching fifth place, Australia won its first three games in the third round of Asian qualifying but then won just one of the following seven games to stay in third place, leaving behind Saudi Arabia and Japan.
Australia may not be in form like Peru and are awaiting the fitness of central defender Trent Sainsbury and striker Adam Tegart, but the coach believes the mindset could play a big part in the performance when counted.
“That’s what I’m leading the boys … about OC DNA,” Arnold said after getting the Soccers within 90 minutes of qualifying for the fifth World Cup in a row after last week’s win over the UAE. “And that is to fight, scratch and do what you have to do to win the game. If we win, who cares? Just win it. “