Peru, who is already eliminated, played Australia who had a chance of qualifying if they beat the visitors and Denmark lose to France.

Australia started the game with more possession but a slow build up.

The Australian captain Mike Jedinak received a yellow card in the 12th minute after attempting to control a high ball but caught Peru’s Christian Cueva’s shoulder.

After waves of attack by the Aussies, Peru scored with a beautiful volley by Andre Carrillo in the 18th minute after receiving a cross by Peru’s captain.

Peru did not drop off after they scored.  Paolo Guerrero’s header would have went in if there was a better connection in the 26th minute.

Australia almost equalised in the 37th minute when a low cross into the box for Mathew Leckie to be blocked by Anderson Santamaria for a tap in goal.

The first half ended with Australia dominating possession and had the most shots but failed to capitalise on.

Peru scored again 5 minutes into the second half after  Guerrero, who was supposed to be banned but the captains of Australia, France and Denmark signed a joint paper to ask FIFA to allow him to play for this World Cup, scored Peru’s second World Cup goal.

After the shot was initially blocked by Jedinak, Guerrero pounced and scored with the help of another rebound.

Australian legend Tim Cahill finally came on for Tomi Juric to provide the aerial threat in the 53rd minute.

Tim Cahill shows his threat after a volley from a corner kick was goal bound but was blocked in the 59th minute.

Australia almost scored after the Peruvian’s defence allowed Aziz Behich to cross the ball into the box but failed to reach an unmarked Tim Cahill in the 73rd minute.

Despite multiple attempts by the Socceroos to make a comeback, the match ended 2-0 to Peru as Denmark and France qualify to the round of 16.


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