Peru beats Australia, but both sides knocked out

And while that is harsh on a Socceroos side that should have beaten Denmark and was perhaps unlucky not to draw against France, these are the harsh realities that are delivered at the highest level.

Against a Peru defence who struggled with the aerial threat of Olivier Giroud in the last game that could be unsafe, but limiting ourselves in how we play - Cahill isn't great when the ball is on the floor or while defending - could be a trap just as much as it could be a silver bullet.

However, The South Americans took the lead after 18 minutes as Paolo Guerrero sent in a cross into Andrea Carrillo who sent a powerful volley past Matt Ryan. Peru led 1-0.

Van Marwijk declined to use veteran striker Tim Cahill from the start, making just one change from the team that drew 1-1 with Denmark as striker Tomi Juric replaced the injured Andrew Nabbout. A free kick looking for Guerrero in the 24th minute was not enough as his header was easily picked up.

Australia tried to rally through midfielder Tom Rogic who barged through a nest of defenders into the box in the 27th minute only to have his shot blocked.

While Australia reached the knockout rounds in Germany, Hiddink enjoyed the fruits of the team's "golden generation", a squad of players competing in Europe's biggest leagues.

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Peru doubled their lead early in the second period, however, when Guerrero, who nearly missed the 2018 World Cup through a doping ban, hooked the ball into the back of the Australia net from inside the box.

So it was a cruel twist of fate that his goal would be the one that effectively ended Australia's chances of progressing to the last 16. Essentially all he is good for is heading in crosses from open play or set pieces.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter as Australia are looking for a victory against a Panama. The youngest player at the World Cup was creating all sorts of mayhem on the left hand side, but Peru stood firm thanks to an additional dose of fortune.

Edison Flores nearly added a third goal on the counter when he crashed a low drive onto the post from the edge of the box in the closing minutes, but the offside flag was raised and there was to be no final flourish for Peru.

Stay tuned here for live updates and highlights of goals and key plays from throughout the match (refresh for most recent updates).

Although he was given a 14-month ban after testing positive for a cocaine byproduct contained in a tea, Guerrero was allowed to play in the tournament partly because the captains of Group C rivals Australia, France and Denmark appealed on his behalf.

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