Australian coach Graham Arnold has said that their do-or-die qualifier against Peru at a neutral venue in Qatar will be played in their hands instead of their opponents.
Although intercontinental play-offs are usually played on two legs where each country hosts one, this time it is instead a sudden death game in Qatar, where there is a spot in the November World Cup.
Defender Jason Davidson said the weather and lack of home games were not an excuse.
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“We had a good opportunity to prepare and adapt,” he told reporters on Monday.
“Players just have to go there, train and work.”
Arnold agreed, saying the two-week stay in Qatar was the longest time the team had been together – and the position would work for them.
“We are very familiar with the Middle East,” he said, quoting numerous scores of “home” games that the Scaroras played on neutral ground because of Kovid.
“We see this only as an advantage.”
When does Socceroos play Peru?
Australia will start their World Cup qualifier against Peru at 4am on Tuesday, June 14.
How can I watch the game?
The game will be broadcast on Channel Ten and will have full coverage on the Wide World of Sports and will have all the reactions after the event.
What’s the risk?
It’s a game for all marbles. Australia will go to the World Cup if they win. If they lose, it’s going to be an earthquake moment for sports in this country.
The boom after 06 is good and really gone and although the standard of A-League is arguably higher than before, the public interest has declined. Missing the World Cup for the first time in 20 years is another brutal blow for Australian football.
Some have argued that a reset is what we need – both in terms of the national team and the development path below it. Tomorrow’s failure will probably help trigger such changes, but missing out on the biggest sporting event in the world is a disaster you can find in Silver Lining.
Has Australia played Peru before?
Australia played the South Americans in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, the first time they had faced each other.
It was the day of the third match, and Peru was already out of contention after losing to France and Denmark.
Australia had a winning and distant chance of qualifying with the defeat of Denmark, but the Peruvians comfortably lost 2-0.
Who has Australia lost so far in this campaign?
Australia advanced to the third round of the World Cup qualifiers and were eliminated in the second round, knocking out their competition at that stage.
In their five-team group, Australia have won eight games, scored 28 goals and conceded just two against Kuwait, Jordan, Nepal and Chinese Taipei.
The next group stage got off to a brilliant start – Australia won each of their first three games, and had a chance to finish in the top two and go straight to Qatar.
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However, they will win just one of their last seven games, finishing third in the group after Japan and Saudi Arabia.
They had to beat the UAE in just one game last week to set up the game against Peru, and Azden did it for a late strike by Horstick.
Can Australia beat Peru?
The Aussies pay the bookies বড় 4.60 to win the match within 90 minutes, with বড় 2.60 to win within 90 minutes, or overtime, or মাধ্যমে 2.67 to qualify for a win through a penalty shootout.
Who are the key players in Australia?
Socceroos are without Tom Razic, arguably their most creative outlet, while striker Adam Taggart and defender Trent Sensebury are both running to get fit after missing a game in the UAE.
“They’re doing everything they can to make themselves available,” goalkeeper Matt Ryan told AAP.
“Moreover they are really making a positive impact around the group, supporting us, encouraging us and all this.”
In terms of players who must play, Horusstick is Australia’s most decorated talent at the moment, having won the Europa League with German club Eintracht Frankfurt a few weeks ago.
Ryan remains a good enough goalkeeper to play in any league in Europe, with Martin Boyle looking lively on the right in last week’s win.
Who are the main players in Peru?
Gianluca Lapadula, of Italian descent, has been a key source of the team’s goals since he was restricted by his mother’s country of birth in 2022. Both Christian Cueva and Andre Carrillo are dangerous, while talented midfielder Renato Tapia is likely to return from injury to face Australia. .
Peruvian analysts say their team is not as strong as the one they lost to Australia four years ago, but still deserves to be a heavy favorite.
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