Australia vs. Peru: World Cup Qualifying live stream, TV channel, how to watch online, news, odds
Australia vs Peru: Live Stream, Score Updates and How to Watch Qatar 2022 World Cup Playoffs
Preview: Australia vs. Peru - prediction, team news, lineups
Monday the final team in Group D for the World Cup will be decided after the intercontinental playoff between Australia and Peru. After a tight 2-1 win over the United Arab Emirates, the Socceroos will clash with Peru to try and make their fifth consecutive appearance in the World Cup where they haven't made it out of the group stage since 2006. Peru hasn't had as good of a qualification record, making the group stage in 2018 which was their first appearance at the World Cup since 1982, but they do enter this match as favorites.
One of the final two spots for the World Cup 2022 will be decided in Monday's AFC-CONMEBOL Intercontinental Playoff, as Australia take on Peru in the host nation of Qatar.
The Socceroos scraped past the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in the most recent round of Qualifying, while their opponents finished fifth in CONMEBOL Qualifying.
The Socceroos are ready to do whatever it takes to book a place in a fifth-straight World Cup when they face Peru on Tuesday morning (4am AEST) - even if that means a penalty shootout.
The Socceroos are heavy underdogs for the one-off battle in Doha, where over 12,000 Peruvian fans are expected to be in attendance compared to just a handful of travelling Australian supporters.
But for head coach Graham Arnold, the result is far more important than the performance, and he’ll gladly take a victory in whatever fashion - shootout or not. Follow live below!
Arnold was an assistant coach in 2005 when the Socceroos famously beat Uruguay for a place in the 2006 World Cup. And he was in charge in 2019 when the Australians overcame Uzbekistan in the Asian Cup - the only two competitive shootouts in Socceroos history.
There could have hardly been a more contrasting set of results for Graham Arnold and Australia during World Cup Qualifying, with the Socceroos making it through the second round without dropping a single point and kicking off round three with a trio of wins on the trot.
However, Australia proceeded to win just one of their next seven matches in the stage to make it through to the playoffs by the skin of their teeth, with Japan and Saudi Arabia cruising through while dropped points against Oman and China did not help their cause.
Arnold's side were far from their best in their fourth-round fixture with the UAE, but second-half goals from Jackson Irvine and Ajdin Hrustic either side of Caio Canedo's response sent them through to Qatar - at least for the playoffs - and a potential spot in Group D with France, Denmark and Tunisia.
The world's 42nd-ranked nation have been present at every World Cup finals since 2006 but have been forced to accept three consecutive group-stage eliminations since, and Arnold has affirmed that the manner of his side's showing against the UAE would not bear fruit in this battle.
The Socceroos have now gone five games in a row without a clean sheet and could once again opt to field some relatively inexperienced names in Qatar, with the pressure to make some astute tactical decisions weighing extremely heavily on Arnold's shoulders.
Taking just seven points from the first 18 on offer against stiff South American opposition spelled early danger for Peru in CONMEBOL Qualifying, but Ricardo Gareca did what he does best to keep his side's hopes of a coveted place in Qatar alive.
Gareca helped Peru end their 36-year World Cup Finals drought in 2018 and only oversaw one defeat from his side's final six Qualifying matches to steer them into fifth place, eliminating heavyweights such as Colombia and Chile in the process.
The 2019 Copa America runners-up warmed up for their World Cup Intercontinental Playoff in ideal fashion with victory over another Oceanic nation in New Zealand, with Gianluca Lapadula's seventh national team goal proving to be the difference and registering a sixth win in nine matches for Peru.
Securing back-to-back World Cup appearances for the first time since 1982 would only elevate Gareca's standing within the Blanquirroja faithful, and the two sides are no stranger to meeting one another when the stakes are high.
Indeed, Australia and Peru were grouped together at the 2018 World Cup following their successful qualification periods, and Gareca oversaw a 2-0 win for his side in Russia, but the 64-year-old is sure to bat away questions surrounding that victory before Monday's behemoth of a battle.
“We practiced penalty shootouts even before the Jordan game,” he said yesterday. “The UAE game we did it, and we have continually practised it.
“We make sure that all the boys, we do a little drill in the middle of the centre circle, all the boys have to walk up like they would, it’s like a rehearsal, like they would in a game, then take a penalty. We are ready for everything that is thrown at us.”
After finishing third in their Asian (AFC) qualifying group, Graham Arnold’s side was forced to beat the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in last week’s playoff to book their place in this intercontinental playoff, where they meet the fifth-placed team from South American (CONMEBOL) qualification.
“We’ve got to get in their faces,” Arnold told SEN radio on the weekend. “We’ve got to make a fight of this, a war of this, and make sure that when we go out on the pitch that we rattle them. When we do that, that’s our best chance.”
These teams haven't met since the 2018 World Cup where Peru emerged victorious with a 2-0 result.
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How to watch and odds
Date: Monday, Jun. 13 | Time: 2 p.m. ET
Location: Al Rayyan Stadium -- Doha, Qatar
TV: FS1 and Telemundo | Live stream: fuboTV (Get access now)
Australia lost no players to injury during their fourth-round clash with the UAE, although midfielder Tom Rogic withdrew from the squad last week due to personal reasons.
Striker Adam Taggart was back in training earlier this week as he steps up his bid to become available, but 60-cap defender Trent Sainsbury is still being plagued by a knee injury, so Hearts centre-back Kye Rowles could once again man the backline alongside clubmate Nathaniel Atkinson.
There have been calls for Arnold to revert Matthew Leckie to his natural role out wide as Jamie Maclaren returns to the forward line, but whether the Socceroos coach heeds such advice remains to be seen.
As for Peru, 105-cap defender Luis Advincula was absent from the friendly win over New Zealand due to injury, but the 32-year-old's father has declared his son fit for the playoff.
Midfield general Renato Tapia has also been put through his paces in training and should be fine to line up from the first whistle, but Edison Flores and Christian Ramos may not make it.
Pedro Aquino and Aldo Corzo are set to make way for the returning Tapia and Advincula respectively, while left-back Marcos Lopez was taken off injured against New Zealand and ought to cede his place to Miguel Trauco.
Arnold has been reluctant to reveal any hints about his starting XI. Regular centre-back Trent Sainsbury missed the clash against UAE with a knee injury and remains in doubt, after being forced to train alone in the lead-up to Tuesday morning’s match.
Elsewhere, there are two major decisions to be made.
The first is whether to stick with right back Nathaniel Atkinson after a very tough time against the UAE on just his second international appearance. Atkinson - who turns 23 on the 13th - repeatedly struggled to control lightning-quick Emirati winger Harib Abdalla Suhail. He could be replaced by 26-year-old Fran Karacic, who has represented Australia eight times and is more defensive-minded than the youngster.
Arnold said: “We have worked on it with Nathaniel and Fran. Nathaniel got isolated a couple of times against a player who had very good speed. At times, he let the player turn and face him and use his speed. He has to not let the player turn. We have worked on that and spoken about that. Those two players are in calculations.”
The other key choice is whether to stick with veteran Mat Leckie at centre forward or shift him back to the wing, where he has played the majority of his career and is clearly more comfortable.
Jamie Maclaren looms as the likely option to start in the number nine role, having come off the bench in the second half in a solid showing against the UAE. Leckie could be shifted to the left side of an attacking trio, with Adelaide United’s Craig Goodwin likely to be dropped to the bench.
Arnold said: “I think Lecks did very well there, he chased and harassed the centre backs and did a fantastic job. We have got a couple of options, plus Mitchell Duke and Nick D’Agostino.”
But one of those striker options is Adam Taggart, who is also battling injury. Melbourne Victory left back Jason Davidson has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Australia: With a clean bill of health, Australia could run back the same team that defeated the UAE to get here. They'll need to be defensively sound which might be a struggle as they haven't kept a clean sheet in their last five matches and Peru is a team that can be an attacking force when they're up for it. But give Aaron Mooy space and he'll make you pay while also being a threat from set plays.
Peru: Peru will feel good as their defense hasn't allowed more than one goal in a game since September of 2021 against Brazil. They'll make things tough for Australia but in a win or go home anything can happen. They played New Zealand as a warmup with Gianluca Lapadula scoring the only goal but what's most impressive is that New Zealand were only able to muster two shots. Yoshimar Yotun could be a late doubt but given his importance to the team and the magnitude of the match, if he can walk, he will play.
Australia possible starting lineup:
Ryan; Atkinson, Rowles, Wright, Behich; Mooy; Boyle, Irvine, Leckie; Hrustic, Maclaren
Peru possible starting lineup:
Gallese; Advincula, Zambrano, Callens, Trauco; Tapia, Yotun, Pena; Carrillo, Lapadula, Cueva
With the pressure on their shoulders, Peru will ride their strong defense to victory over Australia. Pick: Australia 0, Peru 2
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