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World Cup 2018: Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to secure final place

Jefferson Farfan
Jefferson Farfan cried at the final whistle after his goal helped Peru reach the World Cup

Peru became the final side to qualify for the World Cup with a 2-0 play-off victory over New Zealand.

After a goalless first leg, Jefferson Farfan put the home side in front with a powerful rising shot.

Christian Ramos doubled Peru's lead from close range after the break as they qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1982.

"It's a child's dream. It's a big emotion, beyond making history," said midfielder Christian Cueva

"We have not broken this bad streak for so long. Now I'm going to celebrate."

Farfan celebrated opening the scoring by covering his head with the jersey of team-mate Paolo Guerrero, who was suspended after failing a drugs test in September.

On the morning of the match, military jets flew over New Zealand's hotel and fireworks were set off outside.

Peru
Peru will make their fifth World Cup appearance when the competition begins in 2018

Peru, who are 10th in Fifa's world rankings, will go into the second group of seeds when the draw is made on 1 December.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tweeted his congratulations, saying: "We waited more than 35 years to be in a World Cup again. Thank you warriors for giving us this joy."

New Zealand were attempting to reach their third World Cup finals.

Striker Chris Wood came close to a consolation goal in the final minutes of the match, but his shot crept wide.

Sirens, gridlock and a public holiday

BBC Sport's Mani Djazmi in Lima

By 3am local time, even the police were rhythmically sounding their sirens to join the cacophony of car horns on Lima's roads.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had promised a public holiday if Peru won, and the gridlock and careless loitering by many citizens suggested they were going to hold him to it.

Before the match, tickets were being sold outside the stadium for £600 - roughly the average monthly wage.

The gates of the stadium were opened four hours before kick-off, by which time it was very difficult to move more than a few steps on the pavement.

Inside, the red and white flags, brass bands and drums dominated. It was an atmosphere that could not be anything other than decisive. The 50 New Zealand fans didn't stand a chance.

At the end, gleeful fans invited Chile to die, with the fact their bitter rival will not be in Russia not lost on any of the home fans.

Christian Ramos is nicknamed the shadow. But his goal moved Peru well and truly out of the shade. And once their heads clear, Peruvians can start saving up for the World Cup.

Line-ups

Peru

  • 1GalleseBooked at 80mins
  • 17Advíncula
  • 15RamosBooked at 75mins
  • 2Rodríguez
  • 6Trauco
  • 13Tapia
  • 14PoloSubstituted forCarrilloat 74'minutes
  • 8CuevaSubstituted forZelaat 86'minutes
  • 20FloresBooked at 22mins
  • 10Farfán
  • 11RuidíazSubstituted forYotunat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Corzo
  • 4Zela
  • 5Araujo
  • 7Hurtado
  • 9Reyna
  • 12Cáceda
  • 16Peña
  • 18Carrillo
  • 19Yotun
  • 21Carvallo
  • 22Loyola
  • 23Aquino

New Zealand

  • 1Marinovic
  • 18Colvey
  • 22DuranteSubstituted forBrockieat 77'minutes
  • 2Reid
  • 5Boxall
  • 3Wynne
  • 15LewisSubstituted forRojasat 59'minutes
  • 8McGlinchey
  • 6TuilomaSubstituted forWoodat 45'minutes
  • 14ThomasBooked at 19mins
  • 7Barbarouses

Substitutes

  • 4Tzimopoulos
  • 9Wood
  • 10Smeltz
  • 11Rojas
  • 12Moss
  • 13Patterson
  • 16Ingham
  • 17Brockie
  • 19Fallon
  • 20Smith
  • 23Crocombe
Referee:
Clément Turpin

Match Stats

Home TeamPeruAway TeamNew Zealand
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home7
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home19
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Peru 2, New Zealand 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peru 2, New Zealand 0.

Renato Tapia (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Winston Reid (New Zealand).

Corner, New Zealand. Conceded by Christian Ramos.

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (New Zealand) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kosta Barbarouses.

Luis Advíncula (Peru) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Deklan Wynne (New Zealand).

Edison Flores (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Winston Reid (New Zealand).

Yoshimar Yotún (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marco Rojas (New Zealand).

Substitution

Substitution, Peru. Adrián Zela replaces Christian Cueva.

Hand ball by Kosta Barbarouses (New Zealand).

Foul by Jefferson Farfán (Peru).

Ryan Thomas (New Zealand) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Edison Flores (Peru).

Stefan Marinovic (New Zealand) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by André Carrillo (Peru).

Winston Reid (New Zealand) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Pedro Gallese (Peru) is shown the yellow card.

Luis Advíncula (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marco Rojas (New Zealand).

Substitution

Substitution, New Zealand. Jeremy Brockie replaces Andrew Durante.

Alberto Rodríguez (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Wood (New Zealand).

Booking

Christian Ramos (Peru) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, New Zealand. Conceded by Alberto Rodríguez.

Corner, New Zealand. Conceded by Yoshimar Yotún.

Substitution

Substitution, Peru. André Carrillo replaces Andy Polo.

Corner, New Zealand. Conceded by Alberto Rodríguez.

Foul by Renato Tapia (Peru).

Ryan Thomas (New Zealand) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Christian Cueva (Peru).

Substitution

Substitution, Peru. Yoshimar Yotún replaces Raúl Ruidíaz.

Goal!

Goal! Peru 2, New Zealand 0. Christian Ramos (Peru) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Corner, Peru. Conceded by Winston Reid.

Corner, Peru. Conceded by Stefan Marinovic.

Offside, New Zealand. Ryan Thomas tries a through ball, but Michael Boxall is caught offside.

Corner, New Zealand. Conceded by Pedro Gallese.

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