Peru defeated Australia 2-0 in their final match of the World Cup in Group C.
France won Group C with a nil-nil draw against Denmark.
Both the French and the Danes are on to the round of sixteen
Peru finished third with three points.
The Daily Mail:” Peru striker Paolo Guerrero, who spent seven months fighting a drugs ban just to be in Russia, scored an emotional goal to knock Australia out of the World Cup in a 2-0 victory played in what was a carnival atmosphere in Sochi.
The goal, together with a wonderful strike by Watford’s Andre Carrillo, may not be enough to send the South Americans through — they were already destined to go home — but Guerrero’s journey has been such that it will nevertheless go down in Peruvian football history.
The captain feared he would never get to play in a World Cup after being banned for 14 months for testing positive for traces of cocaine.
But a fierce legal battle to clear his name – he claims the traces came from a drink Peruvians used to reduce the effects of playing at altitude – together with a letter signed by all captains of Group C rivals Australia, France and Denmark eventually earned him a temporary reprieve while his appeal is considered.
So when the 34 year-old hooked home a second half shot to seal Peru’s first victory of the tournament and end Australia’s dreams, the 26,000 Peru fans packed into the Fisht Stadium went into meltdown.
For Australia, whose own fans also travelled in numbers, it marks the end of an era because coach Bert Marwijk will now be stepping down and replaced by Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold.
In truth they never looked like making the Dutchman’s reign last any longer.
As it happens even a victory here would not have been enough with group rivals France and Denmark drawing – but the Socceroos were not at the races anyway.
They had enough energy and enough ball possession to challenge for the last 16 but a lack of cutting edge, after also losing to France and drawing with Denmark, was evident from the start.
In fact they leave Russia without having scored a goal from open play, with Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak’s two penalties their only contribution.
The irony is that it was Jedinak who signed the letter to FIFA urging them to allow Guerrero to play in the tournament and Peru’s captain, after thanking the Villa man before kick-off, was the architect of Australia’s demise.
He set up the opening goal after 19 minutes when Miguel Trauco’s ball over the top of the Australian defence found him on the left. The Flamengo striker’s chipped cross to the edge of the area was volleyed home first-time, across goalkeeper Matt Ryan, by Carillo, who joined Watford on loan last season from Benfica with a view to a permanent transfer.
It was Peru’s first goal of the tournament having lost their opening two matches 1-0, and it couldn’t have been celebrated any more loudly had it been scored in a semi-final.
Australia threatened briefly to make a comeback after that but never truly had the self belief or the skill in the final third to make it happen.
Tom Rogic’s weaving run and shot, saved by Pedro Gallese, almost pulled them level in the first half and the Celtic man, coming from deep, was a danger early on.
He also helped set up Mathew Leckie for what seemed a tap-in until Anderson Santamaria brilliantly denied him with a sliding challenge six yards from goal.
That lack of ruthlessness cost the Aussies dear in the end because Peru made it 2-0 following a neat 50th-minute break down the left flank which left the impressive Christian Cueva to set up his captain to score.
Cue mayhem and a cacophony of noise inside the Fisht Stadium.
The only way Australia could add to the drama was by bringing on veteran Tim Cahill to play in his fourth World Cup at the age of 38.
That’s exactly what they did in a bid to rescue their tournament but despite one blocked effort there was nothing the Millwall man could do to save his team – and Peru almost made it 3-0 when Flores’ shot hit the post.
Sadly for Cahill, in what is probably his last cap, the game will be remembered not for what Australia did but for Peru, their wonderful fans and their talismanic striker.