Socceroos World Cup dream ends after loss to Peru

Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak after the loss to Peru. Photo: Getty.
Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak after the loss to Peru. Photo: Getty.

AUSTRALIA is out of the 2018 World Cup after a 2-0 loss to Peru in Sochi overnight.

Needing to beat the Peruvians, and hope France defeated Denmark, neither part of the equation came true for the Socceroos, with Denmark progressing beyond the group stage thanks to a 0-0 draw.

A cracking volley from Andre Carrillo gave Peru the lead in the 18th minute, although there was a suggestion Paolo Guerrero, who teed up the strike, could have been offside in the build-up.

When Paolo Guerrero scored five minutes after the break, it was always going to be a long road back for Australia.

Coach Bert van Marwijk threw on Tim Cahill for his firs action of the tournament in the 53rd minute, but even the old master couldn’t break through and Peru enjoyed their first World Cup win since 1978, when they defeated Scotland and Iran.

The match was van Marwijk’s last as Socceroos coach, and the search is now on for a replacement to lead the side in their quest to defend the AFC Asian Cup in the UAE next year.