Australia v Peru: Preview and possible lineups
Australia have had a positive tournament by their modest standards, narrowly missing out on a point in a stellar defensive performance against France due to a late own goal, and grabbing a point against Denmark, in a match that ended 1-1. However, they know that only a win will see them have any opportunity of surpassing Denmark in the Group C table and clinching a last 16 place in a World Cup for the first time in 12 years.
Tim Cahill was part of the squad that achieved that feat in Germany in 2006, and he could be set to play for the first time in his last World Cup as a result of Andrew Nabbout's dislocated shoulder that he picked up against Denmark. Jamie Maclaren and impressive youngster Tomi Juric are also in contention to replace Nabbout up front.
The South Americans are already out of the running to qualify for the last 16, after they lost their matches against France and Denmark. However, they will be hoping to end their trip to Russia on a high and look for their first win in a World Cup match in 40 years to restore some pride for the team.
The side will be without forward Jefferson Farfan, after the Locamotiv Moscow player suffered a head injury in training. He was on the bench against France, so Paolo Guerrero is expected to continue as Peru´s main attacking threat.
Australia coach Bert van Marwijk on his side´s preparations for the game:
"I know that Peru is a good team and have already showed it here."
"They play with a lot of passion. They play very dangerously and you have to be very organized."
"The match tomorrow is very important for us. We're taking it very seriously, especially for our followers here and those back home, who have supported us whole-heartedly,"
Peru boss Ricardo Gareca on his team´s attitude heading in to the match:
"The match is a vital match for us, very important."
"We are taking it very seriously we want to end our participation here in the best possible manner, especially for our fans."
"For us it’s as important as our opener and subsequent match. That’s how we approach it."
Did you know?
This is the first time the two teams will meet, but Peru beat the Soceroos´s neighbours New Zealand in World Cup Qualification.
Peru captain Paolo Guerrero was due to miss the World Cup for a drugs ban for drinking tea containing coca leaf, but the ban was reduced from 18 months to 6.
Australia: Ryan, Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich, Jedinak, Mooy, Leckie, Rogic, Kruse, Juric
Peru: Gallese, Trauco, Rodriguez, Ramos, Advincula, Yotun, Tapia, Flores, Cueva, Carillo, Guerrero