The two sides have only met once during the 2018 World Cup, where Peru celebrated a 2-0 win over Australia. Now that it’s time for another do-or-die deciding match, Australia seeks redemption.
This is the second straight time that Peru’s World Cup qualification potential is determined by an inter-continental play-off, and this year, they are highly favored. The strong South American squad have their hopes in Ricardo Gareca, one of the most favored football managers in Latin America.
A 2-0 loss to Japan set the stage for a difficult qualifying campaign for Australia, who hoped to snag an automatic place in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. However, Australia edged the United Arab Emirates, 2-1, on Tuesday to reach the inter-continental play-off.
Costa Ricans are considered to be a bit more of the “regulars” to the World Cup scene, qualifying for five FIFA World Cup finals (1990, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2018). After a challenging World Cup qualifying campaign leaving them fourth in the CONCACAF group, the Ticos came back to win seven of their last nine games, largely due to defensive strategy.
On the other hand, New Zealand won first place in Oceania’s part of the World Cup qualifiers, but this wasn’t exactly impressive considering the Kiwis couldn’t score a goal in their last two games – losing to South America 1-0 and tying against Oman 0-0.
The matches feature one nation from each of four different regions: Asia vs. South America and North America vs. Oceania. The nations competing are Peru vs. Australia on Monday and Costa Rica vs. New Zealand on Tuesday, both in Qatar.
The final World Cup qualifiers for Qatar will take place on Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14. Both matches will begin at 2 p.m. ET at Al Rayyan Stadium just outside Doha, Qatar.
source: NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth