Australia’s World Cup is over following a 2-0 defeat to Peru in the early hours of Wednesday morning (AEST).
The South Americans scored a goal in each half to bury the Socceroos and put an end to any hopes of progressing to the round of 16 for the first time since 2006.
Tim Cahill and Daniel Arzani were both brought on early in the second stanza but even our most potent attacking threats could do nothing to rescue Bert van Marwijk’s troops from a dire position.
Van Marwijk said although he was proud of his team’s effort, a lack of polish in the final third cost Australia dearly.
“I thought today also we played much better than our opponent and they shot two times and they were very lucky,” he said.
“We have a problem at this level to score a goal.
“They did everything I asked. We played football very well. We got a lot of chances only we cannot score.”
The Socceroos were all finished Peru in the opening 20 minutes, squeezing forward profound into resistance region freely. Tomi Juric discovered space inside the container yet couldn’t discover a colleague with a ball over the face and a Robbie Kruse cross was gathered up.
Yet, the men dressed in gold were sucker punched by a bit of individual brightness that gave Peru the lead. Skipper Guerrero hooked onto a long ball at that point chipped to Andre Carrillo inside the crate, who pounded a dazzling volley over the group of Mat Ryan and into the back of the net.
There were proposals Guerrero may have been offside, however the choice was not audited with VAR. Van Marwijk was in no uncertainty Guerrero was offside.
“The principal objective was offside,” he whined. “They shot one time on the objective and it was offside. I saw it on the video.”
Protector Trent Sainsbury — who was checking Guerrero and kicked it into high gear a boot to the ball before it bobbed before the Peruvian skipper’s way — resounded his mentor’s contemplations. “I feel it ought to have been offside. On the off chance that he wasn’t there and I knew he was offside, I wouldn’t play the ball,” he said.
Peru had neglected to score in its initial two diversions against Denmark and France in spite of taking 27 shots — however it just required one exertion on objective to break the dry spell against the Aussies.
he Socceroos continued to dominate the half without reward. Tom Rogic — who was Australia’s best with the ball before he was substituted late in the second half — showed brilliant close control to dance his way past defenders inside the box and let loose with a left-footed strike.
Twice Robbie Kruse found space down the left before crossing inside to Mathew Leckie — but both times Leckie was unable to convert, even accounting for the linesman raising his flag for offside on the first attacking raid when a heavy first touch gave the Peruvian defence enough time to close him down.
Leckie’s second foiled opportunity — when two defenders lunged desperately to block him from close range — was symptomatic of Australia’s day.
The second half started in the worst possible fashion for captain Mile Jedinak and Co.
A deflected shot inside the box bobbled away and Guerrero was quickest to react, sweating on the bouncing ball and hitting it first time with his left foot. That strike hit Mark Milligan and the latest deflection gave Ryan no chance.
“It’s a killer blow for the Socceroos,” SBS commentator David Basheer said. “It’s a cruel twist for Mat Ryan, who’s been quite superb in this World Cup.”
That incited the presentation of Cahill and Arzani, who both included start. A protector impeded Cahill’s first shot on objective before Arzani attempted his fortunes from long range with a shot that cruised over the bar.
Aziz Behich missed a brilliant opportunity to set up Cahill for Australia’s first objective. With 20 minutes to go he locked onto a dinky airborne ball on the left edge of the crate and endeavored to volley it over the substance of objective, where a plain Cahill had floated into space. In any case, Behich miscued his pass and it missed his 38-year-old colleague by a few meters.
Peru barely missed an opportunity to add a third objective to its count Flores hit the post in the 80th moment — yet the linesman’s banner was up for offside.