World Cup Group C match report Australia v Peru 26 June 2018

Kruse and Cahill

Kruse and Cahill

Yet their hopes of turning the tide in the second half were dealt a hammer blow five minutes after the break as Peru increased their advantage, Christian Cueva setting up Guerrero to hook a shot beyond Ryan.

"They are proud players", Van Marwijk said of the French at a news conference Monday.

The talismanic Guerrero, 34, made his mark on the game's biggest stage with his 36th worldwide goal early in the second half, extending his record as the country's all-time leading scorer.

Bert van Marwijk's men were struggling to combine going forward in the final stages of the second half as Peru ran out 2-0 winners.

Urawa Red Diamonds striker Andrew Nabbout would have started in attack if he was fit, though Juric actually has the superior Australia record (eight in 36 caps).

Peru nearly added its third goal when Edison Flores' shot hit the post following a fast breakaway.

Of course it's still only football, but if those fabled glory days of Cahill and Mark Viduka are to be relived-dare say it, even bettered-finding their heirs should be a top priority.

Having steered Australia through the hard work of qualifying, Postecoglou quit in November, leaving a team questioning its identity before their fourth straight World Cup.

Long hampered by a lack of firepower, the Socceroos' two goals in Russian Federation have both come from Mile Jedinak penalties but relying again on the cool head of their captain from the spot may be perilous for their hopes of advancing.

There's something pure about football that only certain people, regardless of age or country of origin, can interpret. Australia enters the day trailing Denmark by three points and by two in goal differential.

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca meanwhile believes his team has gotten over their two losses and being eliminated from the World Cup. "I tried to explain to you if you can organise a good team, you do not always need the best players". The South Americans will eventually equalize, but it will end with Peru and Australia deadlocked.

They made up the majority of the 44,073 crowd in sauna-like conditions by Russia´s Black Sea coast, and the stadium exploded when Carrillo scored their first goal at a World Cup since 1982.

The Socceroos needed to win to have any chance of progressing but missed every chance that came their way.

Tournaments like this aren't decided on one match but more so a collection of moments.

Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru isn't leaving Russian Federation empty handed.

Australia need to beat 11th-ranked Peru in Sochi on Tuesday and hope that France defeat Denmark at the same time to have a chance of reaching the last 16.

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