SPORTS Australia win sudden death battle with Peru for World Cup place


Australia win sudden death battle with Peru for World Cup place


09:03, June 14, 2022

Australia beat Peru in a sudden death penalty shootout on Monday to secure the penultimate free place at the 2022 World Cup finals.

Australia players celebrate after a penalty shootout win over Peru in the World Cup playoff at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, June 13, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

The playoff between the Asian and South American qualifiers was goalless after 120 minutes and only decided when Peru's Alex Valera missed his side's sixth penalty, giving Australia a 5-4 win at the Ahmad bin Ali stadium in Doha.

The winners, 42nd in the world rankings, claimed their sixth ticket to the World Cup finals and a Group D opening match against defending champions France on November 22.

Peru, 22nd in FIFA's list and who beat Australia 2-0 at the 2018 World Cup group stage, were roared on by 10,000 fans, most of whom had flown halfway round the globe for the playoff only to see a frustrating encounter between the rivals.

Australia's Martin Boyle missed his side's first penalty but all were then successful.

Australia's substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne danced on the goal line in a bid to upset the Peru players and Luis Advincula's shot cannoned off a post while Valera's miss set off wild celebrations among the Socceroos and their band of a few hundred supporters.

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