Peru supporters flock to Qatar in their THOUSANDS ahead of World Cup push
Peru supporters flock THOUSANDS to Qatar to support the World Cup hopes ahead of the do-or-die clash against Socceroos – who bring ‘just a handful’ of fans for the big game!
- Peru fans have come by the thousands to support their World Cup push
- The South Americans will face Australia for a place in this year’s tournament
- Footage shows large groups of fans outside the team stadium before the match
- Graham Arnold’s Socceroos are the underdogs to get the job done
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Peru fans have come out in droves to help their side cross the finish line with the South Americans poised to clinch a spot at this year’s World Cup.
Ricardo Gareca’s side is just one win away from competing in November’s competition, requiring a win over Graham Arnold’s Socceroos to reach the World Cup once again – having done so last time in 2018.
The Peruvians join the contest of the strong favorites on Tuesday morning to advance, with Australia needing a monumental effort to face the odds after an energy-depleted display against the UAE.
And the failure to make it to the actual tournament won’t be due to a lack of support on the part of Peru, with SBS reporter Adrian Arciuli showing the amazing support they’ve received from their fans.
“Absolutely insane,” he says. “How can you not love football?” He also claimed that “only a handful” of Australian fans made the trip to the Middle East.
Australia have reached every World Cup since 2006, but that streak could end tonight if they put in anything less than a stunning performance in Qatar, and Arnold believes his side may have a few surprises in store for their opponents.
“You have to be prepared for whatever Peru throws at us individually,” Arnold said.
“I just really believe in our players. It’s a one-time game and it’s a final. That is crystal clear to everyone. That’s fine.
“I think the Peruvians will be surprised by the technical improvement of the Australian footballers.”
Arnold could make a few more changes to his lineup of the team that defeated the United Arab Emirates in an Asian play-off last week.
Defender Trent Sainsbury missed that game with a knee injury, but is pushing for a return and could start at the expense of the youngster Kye Rowles.
Right-back Nathaniel Atkinson is also fighting to keep his spot after being harassed by Emirati winger Harib Abdalla in the 2-1 win with Fran Karacic as a possible replacement.
A-League Men’s Golden Boot Jamie Maclaren was also able to start up front with Mathew Leckie moving to the wing at the expense of Adelaide United’s Craig Goodwin.
Jason Davidson (hamstring) is sure to miss the game, while the striker is unlikely to be Adam Taggart after he struggled to overcome a thigh problem.
“We’ve watched Peru a number of times, we know exactly what it’s about,” Arnold said.
“It’s more about what we do. Get on the field and make sure we do our job to win the game.
“We respect Peru, but we also believe in ourselves.”
While Australia’s 500 or so supporters are dwarfed by the approximately 12,000 Peruvian fans in the stands, there will be one special guest for the team in Harry Souttar.
The Scottish-born defender, whose qualifying campaign came to an end when he damaged an ACL in a scoreless draw with Saudi Arabia in Sydney last November, is coming from England to see if his team-mates can make it to the World Cup.