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Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to capture last World Cup berth




Emotional Peru advanced to the World Cup for the first time since 1982 by defeating New Zealand 2 -0 on Wednesday , goals by Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos sealing the last ticket to Russia .


Farfan struck in the 27 th minute and Ramos scored in the 65 th to give “ Los Incas” their fifth overall World Cup finals appearance and the first in 35 years.

“ It ’ s a big emotion , beyond making history , ” tearful Peru midfielder Christian Cueva said. “ It’ s a child’ s dream. We have not broken this bad streak for so long . Now I’ m going to celebrate . ”.

The second -leg match at Lima’ s Estadio Nacional was the decider after New Zealand and Peru played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Oceania-South America playoff on Saturday at Wellington.

Peru President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tweeted his joy after the match, posting the message: “ We waited more than 35 years to be in a World Cup again . Thank you warriors for giving us this joy . ”

New Zealand, ranked 122nd in the world , was seeking a third World Cup finals berth after appearances in 1982 and 2010 .

Peru attacked the “ All -Whites ” from the start, Incas defender Luis Advincula slamming a left -footed shot off the crossbar in the third minute to delight a full -throated capacity crowd of 40 , 000.

The opening goal came after Cueva raced down the left wing and flicked a pinpoint center pass with the outside of his right foot to Farfan.
The 33 -year-old forward for Lokomotiv Moscow blasted a right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area past New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic and into the back of the net .

In celebrating the goal , Farfan covered his head with the jersey of suspended Peru teammate Paolo Guerrero, unavailable after failing a doping test last month .
“ Thanks for the support , Paolo . This is for you, ” Farfan said.

After dedicating the match to Guerrero, Farfan gestured to the delighted crowd and said , “ Paolo is all around. ”

Farfan had another chance in the 42 nd minute when Marinovic surrendered a rebound chance, but the sprawled Kiwi made a left -hand save from point blank range and finally clutched the ball to end the threat .

New Zealand’ s Kip Colvey gave the Kiwis a dangerous chance in the 50 th minute with a centering pass from the right wing to second -half substitute Chris Wood, but the English Premier League striker for Burnley saw his header from six meters denied by Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese .

Still vulnerable to a New Zealand away goal , 10 th -ranked Peru ’ s insurance policy came off the foot of Ramos after a corner kick glanced off Farfan ’ s head .

The ball struck Kiwi defender Winston Reid to land in front of Ramos , who fired it into the goal.

“ The people deserve this and much more, ” Ramos said. “ They supported us when we were bad . ”

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