In a duel of life or death, the soccer teams of Peru and Australia face each other 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 his physical power to neutralize the rival.
“Australia is a well-worked team that knows what it wants on the pitch. 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 Christian Cueva and striker André Carrillo to overcome the ‘Aussies’, who excel in aerial play.
Schedules for Peru vs. Australia
United States, Los Angeles: 11:00
United States, New York: 14:00
Japan, Tokyo: 3:00 a.m. (06/14)
TV channels for Peru vs. Australia
Peru: Movistar Deportes (3 and 703 Movistar) and Latina
Ecuador: DirecTV Sports
Colombia: Win Sports and DirecTV Sports
Chili: TNT Sports and DirecTV Sports
Argentina: TNT Sports and DirecTV Sports
Mexico: Star+ and ESPN Mexico
USA: Telemundo Deportes and FOX Sports 1
Canada: TSN App and TSN1
France: beIN Sports Connect and beIN Sports 1
Spain: RTVE and TDP
“Right now I only have the responsibility of achieving the dream of qualifying for the World Cup. I never had cabals in my life, I only believe in work”, declared Lapadula, of the Benevento of the Serie B of Italy.
The winner of this pulse will be part of Group D of the World Cup, along with the defending champions France, Denmark and Tunisia.
The ‘potters’ of the ‘Tiger’ Gareca face a playoff for the second time, on the way to Russia-2018, when they defeated New Zealand and took their country back to a World Cup after 36 years of absence.
In Peru, the government decreed a holiday on Monday to allow fans to follow the broadcast of the qualifying duel for the penultimate ticket to the Qatar World Cup.
The ‘Socceroos’ won their right to the playoffs after eliminating (2-1) the United Arab Emirates in the Asian qualifiers last Tuesday.
Graham will line up with defender Bailey Wirght, midfielder Ajdin Hrustic and forward Mathew Leckie.
“I am 50% happy with the team. I think there is still a lot to improve”, said Arnold after the game with the Emirates.
After training, both teams analyze videos of the rival team.
Peru and Australia have only played each other once, in the first round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, a match that ended with a 2-0 victory for the South Americans.
Australia’s captain, goalkeeper Mathew Ryan of Spain’s Real Sociedad, tweeted that his teammates “are anxious” to qualify for the World Cup.
Meanwhile, the Peruvian captain, goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, said it will be a “game of life or death.” “It has cost us to get to this moment and we are not going to let it go,” he added.
Getting the ticket would be a great personal feat for Gareca, since Peru has only attended two World Cups in a row in history, Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982, but with different coaches.
“I have had important moments in my life, but this is a beautiful opportunity. A World Cup is a privilege for few. It is an extraordinary moment in my career that we want to take advantage of”, said the ‘Tigre’ Gareca this Sunday.
The match will be played this Monday at 18:00 GMT (13:00 in Lima, Ecuador and Colombia) at the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium in Al Rayyan, west of Doha.
The duel will be refereed by the Slovenian Slavko Vincic, accompanied by his compatriots Tomaz Klancnik and Andraz Kovacic. (D)
Peru: Pedro Gallese; Luis Advíncula, Carlos Zambrano, Alexander Callens, Miguel Trauco; Christofer Gonzáles, Renato Tapia, Christian Cueva, Sergio Peña, André Carrillo; Gianluca Lapadula. DT: Ricardo Gareca.
Australia: Matthew Ryan; Nathaniel Atkinson, Bailey Wright, Kye Rowles, Aziz Behich; Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine, Ajdin Hrustic, Martin Boyle, Craig Goodwin; Mathew Leckie. DT: Graham Arnold.
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