Why the Socceroos don't need Cahill to beat Peru

Peru vs Australia

Peru vs Australia

Australia needed a win, and France to beat Denmark, to have a chance of advancing to the next round.

The captains of Australia, France and Denmark urged Federation Internationale de Football Association to allow banned Guerrero to play in the tournament this summer after he was slapped with a ban for testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine.

The game at Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi starts at 5 p.m. local time, or 10 a.m. ET.

Van Marwijk said he expected the French to play for the win given their unconvincing showings in Russian Federation to date.

The talismanic Guerrero, 34, made his mark on the game's biggest stage with his 36th global goal early in the second half, extending his record as the country's all-time leading scorer.

As for Peru, head coach Ricardo Gareca made two changes to the team that started against France, with Anderson Santamaria and Renato Tapia coming in for Pedro Aquino and Alberto Rodriguez.

Australia take on Peru.

The opening goal seemed to have a good effect on the South Americans, who were comfortable on the ball and were threatening to double their lead on set plays.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has promised to give his Australian counterpart Mile Jedinak "a big hug" before Tuesday's match between the teams as a thank you for his personal support in overturning Guerrero's drug suspension.




"I asked my family members if they were interested, if they were able to come across, and half of them said yes, so half of them are still at home".

Australia played France tight in its opener, but succumbed to a 2-1 loss before tying Denmark 1-1.

In team news, Andrew Nabbout is a major doubt after injuring his shoulder in the draw with Denmark.

It was their first win in nine games at the tournament since they defeated Iran 4-1 in Argentina in 1978, and they will now hope to build on their performances in Russian Federation after finally coming in from the global wilderness. Few can forget his decisive header against Syria in the qualifiers for the 2018 tournament.

A stunning Andre Carrillo volley gave Peru their first World Cup goal in 36 years before captain Paolo Guerrero grabbed a second as the Andean nation condemned Australia to a 2-0 defeat in Sochi on Tuesday and an early exit from Russian Federation.

Farfan himself took to social media to confirm that despite his desire to play, he must miss Peru's final group game.

Peru had deserved more in its first two games, when it failed to capitalize on numerous scoring chances, including a missed penalty by Christian Cueva against Denmark.

Australia, however, was looking threatening, especially since Daniel Arzani's introduction.

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