SOCHI, Russia (June 26, 2018) – Perú said goodbye to the World Cup after a 2-0 win against Australia with superb goals of Andres Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero.
It was justice for the Peruvian team, they fought in a difficult group with remarkable performances in their three group games but the luck was not with them; however, this match meant the first victory in 40 years for Peru in a World Cup tournament.
Australia 0-2 Perú: Perú left Russia with a smile after their first victory in 40 years
Andres Carrillo opener in the 18th minute marked Perú’s first World Cup goals since 1982, which was their last appearance, and they could not hide the happiness they brought to their country despite the elimination.
It was also a one-in-a-life moment for Paolo Guerrero after struggling for more than a year with his doping scandal case. Guerrero scored the second goal in the 50th minute to secure the only three points for Peru in Russia, but it was far their best performance of the year.
The turning point for Perú in the World Cup was the game against Denmark in the opening match when the South Americans played one of their best game in years but the ineffectiveness and the goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel avoided the Peruvians take the triumph.
Even so, Perú left Russia with a smile on their face after three great matches and now they will start focusing on the next CONMEBOL qualification run.
On the other hand, there’s the Australian team, a squad that only scored two penalties in three matches, both dictated by the VAR technology.
Australia needed 22 games to qualify to the World Cup, more than any other country in the World Cup qualification history, but they ended up getting out of Russia in the group stage with just one point and displaying poor performances.
Australia failed to reach the Round of 16 for third straight World Cup as they lost to France, draw against Denmark and lose to Perú.