Condemning Australia to the last place in Group C, Peru got their first World Cup victory in last 40 years after Ricardo Gareca’s men beat Australia 2-0 in the concluding match of Group C on Tuesday. Andre Carrillo netted game’s first with a strong volley past Mat Ryan leaving Australian goalkeeper no chance with the strike. In the second half, Paolo Guerrero further dimmed the hope of Australian comeback.
Australia tried hard to muster a comeback with Bert van Marwijk calling talented 19-year-old Daniel Arzani and veteran Tim Cahill to try and turn the game but they failed and lost the do-or-die match to end up at the bottom of Group C.
Even if Socceroos would have won, it wouldn’t have been enough with Denmark picking up a point they needed to progress into the Round of 16 against France but still, the victory would have given them something to cheer about. Instead, Peru got something to make up for their performance in the first 2 matches.
Carrillo scored in the 18th minute putting Aussies under pressure. Then the second half was only seven minutes old when Guerrero struck, sending the ball into the far right corner of the net beyond Ryan’s left hand to leave Socceroos with an uphill task at hand.
As minutes ticked away, Australians did everything they could but couldn’t make room in Peru’s defence.
The Fisht Stadium played host to the final match of Peru’s first World Cup in 36 years as the South Americans had their fate confirmed by a narrow defeat at France’s hand.