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Faced with a must-win situation, Australia will be wary of a wounded Peru when they lock horns in their final group stage match of the FIFA World Cup here on Tuesday.

So far in Russian Federation, the 65-year-old has been both encouraged and frustrated by a side showing marked improvements defensively but little progress in the creative play that leads to goals.

Coach Bert van Marwijk snubbed the country's most prolific goal scorer for the opening Group C matches against France and Denmark despite the team's struggles in front of goal. Everyone played very well, we controlled most of the game, created a lot of chances, and I can't believe we didn't score more than one goal.

Competing in a first World Cup since 1982, Peru's dreams of reaching the last 16 is now over after a second defeat of the tournament.

"We're absolutely delighted with the support the Socceroos are getting at home", Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop said.

"If Timmy's been called upon, no doubt he'll do a (good) job for us", Australia defender Aziz Behich said.

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Captain Mile Jedinak, who has scored both of Australia's goals in Russian Federation from the penalty spot, insists their campaign is not over.

All to play for: France's Kylian Mbappe scores against Peru to maintain top spot in Group C, a position the Socceroos hope they will be keen to hold on to against Denmark.

"I fully agree we should have won", van Marwijk added. "And I think if we start the game from the very beginning like that, then I don't think we're scrambling for a goal in the last 15 minutes".

Arnold, an Australian who has been successful with club side Sydney FC, has signed a four-year deal to the end of the 2022 World Cup cycle and will be expected to usher in a new era.

The narrow loss to France last Saturday became the third most watched Socceroos game at a World Cup, with an audience of 2.132 million, and Thursday night's draw with Denmark was close behind with an average audience of 2.064 million.

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