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Peru win is for fans and injured Farfan: Guerrero

Australia 0-2 Peru

Peru's Andre Carrillo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Peru's Andre Carrillo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

By Robert Jones

Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru aren't leaving Russia empty handed.

The Peruvians failed to score in their opening two matches, but they gave their fans a reason to celebrate when they ended Australia's hopes of progression with a 2-0 victory yesterday.

The Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to France in the other Group C match, but neither result occurred. France and Denmark drew 0-0 in Moscow.

Andre Carrillo's 18th-minute goal - a half-volley from inside the area - was Peru's first in a World Cup since their last appearance 36 years ago. Peru hadn't won a World Cup match since defeating Iran in 1978.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, who almost missed the tournament because of a doping suspension, scored the other goal in the 50th minute after getting to a loose ball inside the area.

"This triumph is for our people and for Jefferson (Farfan)," Guerrero said of his team-mate who missed the match after being hospitalised with a head injury sustained in training last weekend. "We showed that Peru can play as equal to anyone."

Australia's Tim Cahill, the 38-year-old veteran who came on in the 53rd minute, could have become only the fifth player to score in four World Cups, joining Pele, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo. But he had few chances.

Australia needed victory to reach the last-16 for the first time since 2006 but had a slow start at Fisht Stadium. The difference was that the Peruvians, boosted by a loud crowd that heavily outnumbered the Aussies, took advantage of their chances.

The whole squad saluted the boisterous Peruvian fans after the match, spending several moments near their sections in the stands.

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