All Whites face Peru for World Cup place

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

Not that the draw would have suited Peru, if they had won they would have gone through to the World Cup automatically.

Peruvians celebrated, realizing that they are on the brink of qualifying for the World Cup after drawing with Colombia.

Heading into yesterday's matches any one of five nations could have occupied that fifth spot - with Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Paraguay the other contenders - but Hudson admitted that the Andean nation was one of his preferences.

Peru equalised in the match through national hero Pablo Guerrero in the 76 minute, presenting both sides with a favourable tied scoreline.

He told reporters after the game: "We knew what was happening in the other matches, we were playing with [the knowledge of] the other results and in that moment [I tried] to transmit that". We are at home in the first game and the players really believe.

But now they face New Zealand in a tricky two-legged intercontinental play-off in a bid to make it to Russian Federation.

He's the best player in the world, and perhaps now his Argentine critics will give him his due.

Saturday, November 11 could be the likely compromise for the New Zealand play-off after a couple of discussions between both sides.

Their extensive experience with travel - having played in New Zealand, Fiji, the United States, New Caledonia, Northern Ireland, Belarus, Russia, the Solomon Islands and Japan in the past 12 months - would hold them in good stead.

"We needed to win, them too".

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Peru ended up with a goal difference of +1 and Chile -1 as Ricardo Gareca's team march on.

In a helter-skelter final round of South American qualifying, Los Incas' 1-1 draw with Colombia was enough to see them finish fifth, at the expense of Chile.

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