Peru defeated New Zealand 2-0 to advance to 2018 World Cup.
Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos fired Peru to a deserved 2-0 victory in Lima, four days after the sides had played out a goalless draw in Wellington.
Peru were much the better side and deservedly booked their place at the World Cup finals for a fifth time — their first appearance since 1982.
And the win sparked wild celebrations from players and fans alike both inside the stadium and on the streets of Lima, with fireworks set off and beer flowing.
Peruvian fans had targeted the New Zealand team hotel with fireworks overnight in an attempt to leave the visitors sleepy and sluggish.
The tactic appeared to work as Peru startled the All Whites early on and almost took the lead on three minutes when Luis Advincula was denied by the crossbar.
New Zealand lined up narrowly, forcing their opponents to play wide — something Peru were more than happy to do.
Peru’s overlapping full backs frequently got in behind to fire in dangerous crosses which worried the busy Stefan Marinovic in the New Zealand goal.
Marinovic flapped at one cross, as did West Ham centre back Winston Reid, who was lucky not to be penalised for handball midway through the first half.
Moments after Reid got away with a possible handball, Christian Cueva did likewise. Peru’s No 8 may have used his arm to help him control a long pass on the left touchline, before driving inside and rolling the ball into the path of Farfan, who lashed high into the net.
Farfan celebrated by holding up a No 9 shirt in honour of Peru striker Paolo Guerrero, who missed the match through suspension after failing a doping test.
Cueva was too hot for the Kiwi defenders to handle and another jinking run almost led to a second goal before the interval.
Peru came close again during the first half and were denied by a superb double save from Marinovic, who parried a long-range Miguel Trauco effort before keeping out Farfan’s rebound.
New Zealand looked at the most dangerous from set-pieces and one almost bore fruit in the 45th minute but Reid headed just over.
Peru were given another warning shortly after the restart as a looping Kip Colvey cross was met by the head of Chris Wood. He powerfully nodded towards goal, prompting Pedro Gallese into action, although his fine save was ultimately unnecessary as Wood was penalised for climbing on a defender.
With the fear that they were only one away goal from elimination, Peru began to get edgy as the second half wore on.
But Ramos settled the nerves inside the Estadio Nacional when he poked home after New Zealand had failed to clear a corner.
Peru are ranked 10th in the world and will therefore go into pot two for the World Cup draw, which takes place on December 1.