Peru ease to victory as Australia crash out

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  • Carrillo scores superb volley
  • Guerrero nets second for Peru
  • Peru’s first World Cup win since 1978
  • Australia knocked out without a win

Peru beat Australia 2-0 in Sochi on Tuesday, as both teams exited the 2018 World Cup at the group stage but the South American side finished third in Group C.

A stunning volley from Andre Carrillo put Peru ahead and captain and all-time leading goalscorer Paolo Guerrero added a second after the break.

With the win Peru have their first victory in the World Cup in 40 years, while the Socceroos crashed out of the tournament with a whimper after failing to win any of their three group games.

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Australia started well and had a few half chances in the box but it was Peru who took the lead.

A rapid counter attack saw a cross pick out Carrillo at the back post and he volleyed across goal to score Peru’s first World Cup goal in 36 years.

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Leckie then headed a difficult chance over for the Socceroos as they tried to get back into the game.

Tom Rogic then waltzed through the Peruvian defense but was denied by a fine save from Pedro Gallese in goal as Australia pushed hard for an equalizer. Australia then came even closer as Anderson Santamaria miraculously cleared with Leckie ready to tap home.

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Early in the second half Peru doubled their lead as Christian Cueva cut in from the left and Guerrero finished smartly into the far corner to make it 2-0. Peru’s all-time leading goalscorer had his goal after a turbulent few months for him off the pitch.

Tim Cahill came on late for Australia to try and rescue the situation and he had a header towards goal which was almost knocked into their own net by the Peruvian defense.