AUSTRALIA are taking on Peru in an inter-continental play-off to decide who will get one of the last two available World Cup spots.
The Australians were insipid throughout much of their qualifying campaign and missed out on an automatic spot in Qatar when they were humbled 2-0 at home by Japan.
However, they bounced back to secure a 2-1 victory over the United Arab Emirates in the Asian play-off to reach this stage.
Peru will be happier with their qualifying exploits, having secured fifth place in South America’s notoriously tough qualifying marathon.
Leonardo Gareca’s men finished in the same position in World Cup 2018 qualifying before winning their play-off against New Zealand.
Unlike previous inter-continental play-offs, which had a home and away format, this play-off takes place over a single leg in Qatar.
What time does Australia vs Peru kick off?
- Australia take on Peru TONIGHT – Monday, June 13.
- The match kicks off at 7pm UK time – 9pm local time, 1pm in Lima and 4am on Tuesday in Canberra.
- It will be played at Al Rayyan Stadium just outside Doha.
- The sides have only met once before when Peru ran out 2-0 winners in a dead rubber at the 2018 World Cup.
Is Australia vs Peru on TV and can I live stream it?
BBC have stepped in at the last minute to show Australia vs Peru live in the UK.
The match is available to watch on TV via the BBC Red Button.
To stream it live, head to the BBC Sport website or BBC iPlayer.
In Australia, Channel 10 will be showing the match free of charge.
In the United States, you can watch on Fox Sports 1 (English) or Universo (Spanish) while streaming is available on FuboTV.
Can I watch Australia vs Peru for free?
Yes. BBC is FREE for all UK viewers with a TV licence.
To win in 90 minutes
To qualify for the World Cup
*Odds from Betfair correct as of Monday, June 13.
Degenek, Karacic, Genreau, Maclaren, Mabil, Redmayne, McGree, Vukovic, Goodwin, Sainsbury, Tilio, D’Agostino.
Australia Starting XI
Ryan (C), Atkinson, Boyle, Leckie, Wright, Hrustic, Mooy, Duke, Behich, Rowles, Irvine.
Have YOUR say.
Peru won the last meeting 2-0, but it could be very different today with World Cup qualification on the line.
At SunSport, we think Australia might pull of a win and surprise Peru, but who do YOU think will qualify for Qatar today?
“Make a war of this”
Aussie coach Graham Arnold spoke to SEN radio at the weekend before this game, he said:
“We’ve got to get in their faces,”
“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.”
One previous meeting…
Peru and Australia have met only once before in their history, in Group C, at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
A goal in each half by Andre Carrillo (18th min.) and Paolo Guerrero (50th min.) claimed a 2-0 win for Peru in the group finale.
Both sides however, had already been knocked out of their group, which saw eventual winners France, and Denmark go through.
How they got here…
The Socceroos, as they are affectionately known in the footballing world, have reached the qualifying final by beating UAE 2-1 in the semi-finals, courtesy of a late Ajdin Hrustic strike.
It is simple for them today, beat Peru under any circumstances in this one-off match, and they will be at the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
They sit comfortably below Peru in the world rankings, but have some talented players in their ranks, so may pull off a shock.
Welcome to Australia vs Peru!
Good evening and welcome to SunSport’s coverage of Australia vs Peru.
This is a World Cup inter-continental play-off, so the victors will secure their place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
We are set to see a really close game, as these two sides met at the 2018 World Cup, in which Peru won 2-0.
It is set to be a cracker, as there is so much on the line for these two.