December 11, 2017

All Whites face Peru for World Cup place

12 October 2017, 11:38 | Taylor George

James Rodriguez celebrates after giving Colombia the lead in the second half in Lima

James Rodriguez celebrates after giving Colombia the lead in the second half in Lima

Heading into yesterday's matches any one of five nations could have occupied that fifth spot - with Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Paraguay the other contenders - but Hudson admitted that the Andean nation was one of his preferences.

They looked headed for the exit door until the 76th minute, but revived their hopes of a first World Cup finals appearance since 1982 when striker Paolo Guerrero nabbed a crucial equaliser.

Peru will now go up against New Zealand in a two-legged encounter with the victor guaranteed a place at next summer's tournament.

Peruvians celebrated, realizing that they are on the brink of qualifying for the World Cup after drawing with Colombia.

Of those sides, Peru are the weakest on paper and had the least aura.

He told reporters after the game: "We knew what was happening in the other matches, we were playing with [the knowledge of] the other results and in that moment [I tried] to transmit that".

"Whoever we get, it's a tough game, very tough".

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"We've got a great team". Los Incas will now have to face off against New Zealand over two legs between November 6 and 14.

All that stands between them and a chance at glory is New Zealand.

Chile went down 3-0 against Brazil and ended up finishing below Peru on goal difference. Let us know in the comments section below!

They have a young team on the rise, which coach Ricardo Gareca has moulded into a cohesive unit. But then, in an indirect free kick at goal, Peru equalized.

In 2009, the Westpac Stadium faithful played their role in the 1-0 win over Bahrain that earned the All Whites a trip to South Africa.

South American qualifiers have been one of the most exciting as Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia have qualified for football's most prestigious tournament.

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