Bert van Marwijk feeling Australian ahead of facing 'emotional' Peru

France and Denmark drew 0-0 in the other Group C fixture on Tuesday to take first and second in the pool, respectively, as they proceed to the round of 16 in Russian Federation.

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

Whatever Australia did would ultimately have been in vain as they needed Denmark to lose against France to maintain any chance of making it out of Group C - the Danes played out a 0-0 draw in Moscow that allowed them to advance behind the French.

Yet their hopes of turning the tide in the second half were dealt a hammer blow five minutes after the break as Peru increased their advantage, Christian Cueva setting up Guerrero to hook a shot beyond Ryan.

Guerrero set up Watford winger Carrillo to volley in a fine goal from 16 yards, low into the far corner beyond the dive of Mathew Ryan, to become the first player to score for Peru at the World Cup since Guillermo La Rosa 36 years ago.

And rationalists and realists will nod sagely and venture that while luck was never a bedfellow at this World Cup, Australia simply couldn't breach the quality chasm, even if Tom Rogic, a master of improvisation in one of his best displays for his country, didn't deserve to end up on a losing side.

It's a must-win game for the Socceroos, but a dead rubber for Peru who can not progress after 1-0 defeats to Denmark and France.

Despite being two goals down, Australia continued to solider on and dominated possession as they went search of a goal.

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Australia is only the second team in World Cup history to score three consecutive goals from the penalty spot.

Arzani didn't get to show his best in a 30-minute outing on Tuesday and was time and again frustrated by the Peru defence, but this team defending a two-goal cushion could keep out some of the best in the world.

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.

Neither team will carry on in the competition after Tuesday's result confirmed Australia would join Peru in departing at the first stage.

Australia have kept just one clean sheet in their 15 previous World Cup games (0-0 vs Chile in 1974), conceding at least once in each of their last 12 matches.

It had been a long time before Peru had found the net in a World Cup.

"I don't think you must force something from the beginning".

Australia still have a sniff of a chance of going through.

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