Chasing the penultimate position

16 Jun 2022 | 08:08 | Football

Australia and Peru both progressed through the knockout stages to qualify for the final World Cup, but only one of them will advance to the round when they meet in the intercontinental playoffs in Doha on Monday for a spot. attend this year’s final round in Qatar.

Australia made it through to the 2018 finals by beating Honduras twice while Peru overcame New Zealand for a spot in Russia.

This time, however, the two were drawn to face each other in a single match at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, one of the venues for the final in November and December.

Australia went through a tense playoff, overcoming the United Arab Emirates at the same venue on Monday to take fifth place in the Asia qualifiers.

That helps them win the right to advance to Peru, the team ranked 5th in the South American super table.

Australia clinched success last week thanks to the winner ahead of Ajdin Hrustic by six minutes in a gritty display.

Peru placed ahead of both Colombia and Chile in the South American qualifiers, continuing to exceed expectations under Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca, who was the architect of their appearance in Russia four years ago.

Marcos Lopez and Yoshimar Yotun are injury concerns for Peru while Australia await late fitness tests for striker Adam Taggart and defender Trent Sainsbury’s.

Peru on Saturday declared Monday a public holiday with large numbers of anticipation glued to what will be the lunchtime televised broadcast of the playoffs. Monday’s match decided the penultimate place at the final round of 32 teams.

On Tuesday, New Zealand and Costa Rica will meet in another intercontinental playoff in Doha to finalize their squad for the 2022 World Cup.