The Socceroos are just one victory away from securing their spot in the fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup tournament.
Australia are one win away from securing their spot at the fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup, with the Socceroos needing to defeat Peru on Tuesday morning AEST to qualify for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.
The Socceroos are the heavy underdogs leading the mandatory competition, sitting comfortably below Peru in the global rankings.
And with more than 12,000 Peruvian fans expected in Doha, the crowd will be heavily against the Australians.
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“We have to face them,” Socceroos coach Graham Arnold told SEN radio over the weekend.
“We have to make it a fight, make it a war, and make sure that when we get on the field, we rock them. When we do that, this is our best chance.”
New South Wales Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet posted a video on Twitter: “Effort, aggressive commitment and desire are always qualities our national football team has. Our Socceroos are very confident in your experience and on behalf of New South Wales we wish you the best of luck for the World Cup.”
After missing out on automatic qualification, the Socceroos eliminated the UAE in the Asian qualifying playoff last week to give themselves one last chance.
Socceroos in the World Cup Playoffs
1965 – Lost to North Korea
1969 – lost to Israel
1973 – defeats South Korea
1985 – lost to Scotland
1993 – lost to Argentina
1997 – lost to Iran
2001 – lost to Uruguay
2005 – won Uruguay
2017 – win Honduras
How to watch Socceroos vs Peru?
Network Ten is showing the game live for free from 4am. Coverage starts at 3:30 am.
You can also stream the action live on 10 Play and Paramount Plus.
Where is the game being played?
The game is taking place in Doha – on the same site as Al Rayyan Stadium, where the Socceroos defeated the UAE to advance to the final Playoffs clash with Peru.
The stadium has a capacity of 50,000 people and has been refurbished as one of eight venues for this year’s World Cup.
How the Socceroos can beat the favorites Peru
The Socceroos reached the final stage of qualification thanks to a great goal by Ajdin Hrustic ten minutes from the end of the game against the United Arab Emirates.
The equation couldn’t be simpler for the Socceroos – beat Peru, whether in normal time, extra time or penalties, and they will qualify for the World Cup from November 21st to December 18th in Qatar.
If the Australians lose, their bid for a fifth consecutive World Cup final appearance will be ended.
Typically, these playoffs would be played over two home and away matches.
However, the rushed nature of the World Cup qualifiers – again due to issues caused by Covid-19 – means this time it’s a one-time match at a neutral venue.
And that’s a scenario that matches the “Australian DNA”, according to Socceroos coach Graham Arnold.