Day 37 Wrap: Socceroos greeted in incredible scenes

The Socceroos have completed their final preparations for tomorrow's do-or-die clash against Peru.

Bert van Marwijk's side will take on the South Americans in their final Group C contest at the Fisht Stadium, Sochi with kick off Wednesday morning 12AM (AEST).

Here’s a wrap of Day 37 in Socceroos camp, brought to you by Caltex. Stay tuned to as we provide daily updates from the FIFA World Cup™…

The Socceroos' team bus was greeted by a swarm of Australian fans as the team arrived for their final training session at Park Arena, Sochi, before taking on the Peruvians.



But before training got underway, van Marwijk fronted the media alongside goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

The Dutchman kept his cards close to his chest when pressed by journalists on team selection, but warned that the already-eliminated Peru will be unrelenting in their quest to end the tournament on a high. 

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“I know that Peru is a good team and they have showed it already here in the World Cup," van Marwijk said.

"Although they can’t qualify for the next round I think they will try and give the best performance.

“There is a lot of people out of Peru here in Sochi, maybe 20-25-000, so for them it feels like a home game.

“They play with a lot of passion so they are very dangerous. We have to be very well organised.”

Bert van Marwijk; Mat Ryan


The Socceroos must win and hope that France defeat Denmark in the Group's other fixture in order to progress, although there are an array of permutations that could see either Australia or the Danes through to the Round of 16.

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The Socceroos haven't made it to the knockout stages since 2006, when a late Harry Kewell goal against Croatia saw Australia go through at Vatreni's expense.

Mathew Ryan remembers that tournament well, and says that the team is fixed on keeping the nation's FIFA World Cup™ dream alive 12 years on.          

“It would mean [a lot] for myself and I’m sure all the players, it’s the reason why we play the sport to be as successful as you can and try and create as many lifelong memories as you can," Ryan said.

“If we’re successful in achieving that tomorrow then I dare say not only us as players but hopefully all of Australia is going to remember the achievement for the rest of their lives or for a very long time just as the team did back in 2006 in Germany.

“I’m not going to forget the nights being up celebrating Australia beating Japan and getting the results we needed to progress and obviously the heartache that followed in the Italian game. It would mean the world to me.”

After the press conference, it was time for the players to hit the training pitch.

The Socceroos began with a netball-style warm up before receiving instructions from van Marwijk, who paced confidently in front the team as players stretched.



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The team then moved through their paces as van Marwijk and the coaching staff laid down their final preparations for Peru.

The final Group C match of the FIFA World Cup™ will kick off at 12AM AEST Wednesday 27 March – live on SBS and Optus Sport.

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