Heartbreak for Peru as ‘ecstatic’ Australia qualify for World Cup | Qatar 2022 News

Doha, Qatar – Peru’s soccer followers have been left in tears after their group missed out on World Cup 2022 qualification following a 4-5 loss on penalty kicks to Australia.

Substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne saved the ultimate penalty from Alex Valera to ship Peru packing, a lot to the frustration of the vocal 10,000-strong help within the crowd at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Monday night.

Daphne Beraun, a Peruvian who had travelled to Doha from London, advised Al Jazeera that her facet “deserved a win”.

“We simply couldn’t end the probabilities we had,” Beraun stated minutes after Peru received knocked out, the facet’s first loss to Australia.

Enzo Veramindi, one other Peru supporter, stated each groups have been kind of equal however wished his facet had chosen higher penalty takers.

The Australian followers, in the meantime, stated the win left them “ecstatic” regardless of being the second-best within the stands all through the sport.

“It was simply great. We simply felt so privileged to be right here,” 67-year-old Ross Finch, who attended the match together with his 59-year-old spouse Maggie, advised Al Jazeera.

“We’ve been in a number of World Cups now … however this time we simply didn’t get it collectively in time and have been very nervous about qualifying.”

Australia, who’re headed to their fifth consecutive World Cup, full Group D which additionally options France, Denmark and Tunisia within the match that kicks off on November 21.

‘Dwelling recreation’ for Peru

As kickoff approached on Monday, it was obvious that the stadium, one of many eight venues internet hosting the upcoming World Cup, might be dominated by Peruvian followers.

One Australian spectator earlier than kickoff described it as a “house recreation” for the South American nation.

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Peru followers have been left distraught after the nail-biting loss to Australia in penalties [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Peruvians from throughout the globe attended the do-or-die recreation, coming from locations together with the USA, Peru’s capital Lima and Qatar’s neighbour, the United Arab Emirates.

In Lima, and different Peruvian cities like Cuzco, 1000’s of followers had lined up the streets to observe their group compete, a activity made simpler by the federal government which had declared a nationwide vacation on Monday.

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Disappointment for the travelling Peru followers after the ultimate penalty kick [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Nonetheless, what many have been hoping to be a second consecutive World Cup qualification, turned out to be a bitter expertise.

“I believe Peru performed horrible, like actually dangerous,” Samuel Chamochumbyi, a advertising and marketing graduate and enterprise proprietor from Lima, advised Al Jazeera.

“The group is nice … however as we speak they have been horrible. Their assault was virtually nothing. If you happen to take a look at the statistics, that they had possibly one shot on track,” including if the match goes to penalties “it was like roulette … something can occur”.

Nonetheless, for followers like Beraun, the loss is unlikely to translate right into a lack of help for his or her group going ahead.

“They [Peruvians] will at all times help their group. I imply look how many individuals confirmed up right here … all of them got here from to this point,” she stated.


Australia’s coach Graham Arnold stated “nobody in Australia gave us an opportunity” and that he was “fairly speechless” after the win.

“The mentality of the boys since they got here into camp right here was improbable. And I might be so, proud and joyful for the gamers.”

Mark Mead, an Australian residing in Doha, stated the outcome was “improbable”, including that up till the final penalty he was unsure if the Socceroos might pull it off.

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Australians have fun their win after Peru’s participant Valera missed the ultimate penalty [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

“It was 50-50 all through the sport,” Mead added.

The Australian, who has been residing in Doha for eight years, stated he might be attending Tuesday’s World Cup playoff recreation between Costa Rica and New Zealand as nicely, additionally scheduled to happen on the similar venue to determine the ultimate group for the 32-team match.

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