Australia eliminated as Peru leaves World Cup on high note

Denmark will eat their words- France intentions give Socceroos hope

"They played two times, they won both, but they didn't play they way they can play and they are one of the best teams in the world".

Long hampered by a lack of firepower, the Socceroos' two goals in Russian Federation have both come from Mile Jedinak penalties but relying again on the cool head of their captain from the spot may be perilous for their hopes of advancing.

Andre Carrillo put Peru ahead with an 18th-minute volley before Paolo Guerrero doubled its lead 5 minutes into the second half with a hooked shot from close range.

"They are proud players", Van Marwijk said of the French at a news conference Monday.

Having steered Australia through the hard work of qualifying, Postecoglou quit in November, leaving a team questioning its identity before their fourth straight World Cup.

The Dutchman did not bow to the pressure back home to give veteran forward Tim Cahill a start in the game, with Tomi Juric preferred to the 38-year-old up front in the absence of the injured Andrew Nabbout. "They play very dangerously and you have to be very organized".

Even the Cahill of four years ago, when he was a spry 34 years of age, would have trumped the selection under Bert van Marwijk on Tuesday.

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca meanwhile believes his team has gotten over their two losses and being eliminated from the World Cup.

The Argentine has become a hero in Peru after taking them to their first World Cup Finals in 36 years and their early elimination did nothing to sour his relationship with the Peruvian journalists who lauded their coach. But there was to be no fairytale ending for Cahill or Australia, as they joined Peru on the early flights home from Russian Federation.

Australia must beat the South Americans by the Black Sea and hope Denmark lose against France at the same 1400 GMT kick-off in order to qualify for the last 16 for the first time since 2006.

Tournaments like this aren't decided on one match but more so a collection of moments.

Peru are out of the World Cup after two defeats, although for skipper Paolo Guerrero the match against Australia will be significant.

Hired only for the World Cup and with his successor Graham Arnold already anointed, Van Marwijk was tasked with a rush-job for Russian Federation, given a handful of games to mould a modestly-resourced team into a competitive unit.

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