AUSTRALIA’S 2018 World Cup campaign is over after the Socceroos went down to Peru 2-0 in Sochi overnight.
The Socceroos needed to score a big win over the South Americans to have any chance of making it through to the round of 16 but also needed France to beat Denmark.
Unfortunately for Aussie fans neither transpired, with France and Denmark finishing level at nil-all at full time.
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It’s the third time in a row Australia’s tournament has ended at the group stage and they leave Russia without a single win.
Despite the loss, outgoing Socceroos manager Bert van Marwijk said he was proud of the sides performance.
“In all three games we gave a good performance and this team has really improved since the day I started working with them,” he told SBS.
“In all three games we couldn’t really make a difference in goals and that is something the squad is missing at this level.”
The coach admitted he was disappointed Andre Carrillo’s first-half volley was awarded to Peru, with controversy about whether it should have been ruled offside.
“It was offside. I saw it back on the video,” van Marwijk said.
Peru’s Paolo Guerrero’s deflected effort in the second half gave the South American nation a first World Cup win in 40 years.