It’s win or bust for the Socceroos tonight when they take on Peru in their final Group C clash at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ dream alive.
And even a win might not be enough for Bert van Marwijk’s troops, who will also have one eye on the other game, needing France to also beat Denmark if they are to reach the knockout phase.
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So what will unfold in what promises to be a dramatic 90 minutes in Sochi, in what will be the first meeting between the two nations at senior international level?
Here's all you need to know about the clash with Peru and how you can watch and follow all the action in Sochi.
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WHERE?: Fisht Stadium, Sochi
WHEN?: Wednesday, 12am AEST
COVERAGE: You can watch the game LIVE in Australia on SBS and Optus Sport, with coverage starting from 11pm AEST (Tuesday, June 26).
How to follow: Fans can also keep up to date with all the previews and post-game content across our official social media channels, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video, interviews and highlights.
PERU’S STAR PLAYER: Paolo Guerrero
The veteran striker has endured controversy in the build-up to the tournament, having his drugs ban quashed to allow him to feature in Russia.
The 34-year-old, who plays his club football for Brazillian side Flamengo, is Peru’s all-time highest goalscorer with 34 goals in 90 appearances and is the nation’s talisman and their leader.
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THE FORM GUIDE
In their first FIFA World Cup™ appearance in 36 years, things haven’t quite gone to plan for Peru. While their performances have been impressive, they haven’t made it count on the scoreboard going down 1-0 to both Denmark and France.
While Ricardo Gareca’s men haven’t lost any of their other matches played in 2018, they have gone just under 300 minutes of game time since they last scored a goal.
- France 1-0 Peru, 21 June 2018
- Peru 0-1 Denmark, 16 June 2018
- Sweden 0-0 Peru, 9 June 2018
- Saudi Arabia 0-3 Peru, 3 June 2018
- Peru 2-0 Scotland, 29 May 2018
- Peru 3-1 Iceland, 27 March 2018
- Peru 2-0 Croatia, 24 March 2018
Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Cáceda (Veracruz), Jose Carvallo (UTC)
Defenders: Alberto Rodriguez (Junior), Aldo Corzo (Universitario de Deportes), Anderson Santamaría (Puebla), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Luis Advincula (BUAP), Nilson Loyola (Melgar)
Midfielders: Paolo Hurtado (Vitória de Guimarães), Christian Cueva (São Paulo), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz), Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City), Edison Flores (AaB), Pedro Aquino (León)
Forwards: Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo), Jefferson Farfán (Lokomotiv Moscow), Raúl Ruidíaz (Morelia), André Carrillo (Watford)
This will be the first clash between the two nations at senior international level.
The Socceroos have played South American opposition at the FIFA World Cup on three occasions, picking up one draw (0-0 against Chile in 1974), while losing the other two (0-2 v Brazil in 2006 and 1-3 v Chile in 2014).
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