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World Cup play-off: Peru ahead of decisive fight against Australia

There can only be one thing: Peru and Australia play in the final of the World Cup in Qatar on Monday.

Peru goalkeeper and captain Pedro Kallis knows the importance of the game.
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Explaining the importance of the conflict at a press conference in Ar-Ryan, Qatar, head coach Ricardo Carreca said, “We have a responsibility to bring the country to another World Cup.” At the same time, the South Americans will be able to secure their sixth appearance in the biggest international football tournament with a win on Monday. As well as enemies Australia. “This is the most important game of our game – for them and for us,” said Peruvian goalkeeper and captain Pedro Kallis.

Experience as a factor? Who meets France & Co?

The two countries last clashed in the last World Cup. Russia beat Peru 2-0 in the group stage in 2018, but did not qualify for the knockout round like Australia. According to Gallese, experience must be the key to success again: “We are the same team we were four years ago. Many have matured.”

The winner of the Continental Fight will advance to the remaining places in Group D with defending champions France, Denmark and Tunisia. Australia won 2-1 at Ar-Ryan last Tuesday. Second Division FC St Pauli’s Jackson Irvine and Bundesliga’s Ajdin Hrustic and Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt qualified for the decisive match against the United Arab Emirates.

The second free spot – in the group with Germany – will be awarded between Costa Rica and New Zealand in the second play-off match in the host country of the World Cup on Tuesday.