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The last two tickets to the World Cup playoffs in Qatar: Australia-Peru and Costa Rica-New Zealand |  Sports

The last two tickets to the World Cup playoffs in Qatar: Australia-Peru and Costa Rica-New Zealand | Sports

Peruvian footballer Gianluca Lapadula.Amanda Peropelli (Reuters)

The final play-offs of the Qatar World Cup will be held this Monday and Tuesday in Al Rayyan, one of the venues for the championship, which starts on November 21, which was initially opposed by 204 teams. There are only four teams in the run, and two tickets are to be distributed. This Monday (8:00 pm, Spanish Peninsula, Tdp), Australia and Peru will face off first, and whoever wins will feature in the group of France, Denmark and Tunisia against the reigning world champions. On Tuesday, after 24 hours, Costa Rica and New Zealand will take last place (20:00, La 1), which will be Spain’s first rival in the group stage, which was completed by Germany and Japan. No room for correction: they will be fights without a second leg.

In Peru, the clock is ticking less than seven hours, which is a holiday. The Council of Ministers decided to convene the country in front of televisions or screens located in different squares of major cities. After qualifying for the two-leg playoffs against New Zealand in 2018, the Peruvians broke a 36-year ban from playing in the World Cup. Since then, they have finished second and fourth in both Copa America. It is clear that Argentina coach Ricardo Carreca, the long-distance scorer who has never appeared in Europe, has elevated the status of a team, and its experience in Russia has had to face its forward renewal. Soldiers Guerrero and Farfán no longer count. “We know how important this game is to our country. It’s the most important match of our lives for all of us, “said goalkeeper Pedro Gallis.

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Before leaving for Qatar, the Peruvian team trained for a week at the Sant Guate High Performance Center. He scored a goal (1-0) in a friendly against New Zealand at a crowded Espanyol ground. Gianluca LapadulaThe forerunner son of the Italian and Peruvian, now an attacking reference nurtured by two talents, Andre Carrillo and Christian Cueva.

Costa Rica, optional to face Spain

Australia fell to the playoffs for the first time since joining the Asian Football Confederation after the 2006 World Cup, precisely to avoid situations that would have condemned Oceania teams in the qualifying round until now. His football status has been declining in recent years. After leaving the United Arab Emirates in the regional playoffs last week, they struggled to reach the final round. Only two of its players have played in one of the five major European leagues this season: Matt Ryan He was the second goalkeeper at Real Sociedad and was accustomed to coming off the bench at midfielder Ajdin Hrustik, who scored the winning goal against the Arabs. The team is still managed by Aaron Muay, a fighter who has advanced from Premier to Chinese football, and exemplifies the team’s style, looking for direct and second games.

New Zealand are in that line too, but have the potential of a good specialist as a striker. Newcastle paid Chris Wood 28 million euros in January, who worked more on the back of the goal than a goal, but who can undeniably note that he was selected without descent from the Australian League footballers and some of the struggling legionnaires. Modest Scandinavian clubs. Costa Rica is starting to like Spain’s first rival in Qatar, but first they have to pass a rigorous physical test: Beyond the football genre, the marine athlete has a serious competitive genetics.

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