In a duel of life or death, the soccer teams of Peru and Australia meet this Monday in Doha for a coveted ticket to the Qatar-2022 World Cup.
The coach of Peru, the Argentine Ricardo Gareca, will line up with all his artillery to get the ticket to the World Cup against the Australian team, led by Graham Arnold, who will seek to take advantage of their physical power to neutralize the rival.
“Australia is a well-worked team that knows what it wants on the field of play. When that happens, we have to be very careful, we have to be in control,” Gareca said at a press conference on Sunday.
Arnold, for his part, declared that “South American football in general is technically good and unpredictable, so you have to be ready for anything”, but
“Peruvians are going to be surprised at the improvement that Australian football has had.” The Peruvian team, 22nd in the FIFA ranking and fifth in the South American qualifying round, aspires to go to its sixth World Cup, while Australia, 42nd in the FIFA ranking, is also looking to qualify for its sixth World Cup.
Gareca will line up with the attacking trio led by Italian-Peruvian striker Gianluca Lapadula, midfielder Cristhian Cueva and striker André Carrillo to overcome the ‘Aussies’, who excel in aerial play.
“Right now I only have the responsibility of achieving the dream of qualifying for the World Cup. I never had any cabals in my life, I only believe in hard work,” said Lapadula, from Italy’s Serie B side Benevento.
The winner of this pulse will become part of group D of the World Cup, alongside defending champions France, Denmark and Tunisia.
Peru vs. Australia
1 pm Colombian time
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