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Socceroo fans will be outnumbered for Peru showdown

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It’s nominally a neutral venue, but the Socceroos are entering a hostile atmosphere when they meet Peru in the World Cup play-offs in Qatar.

Up to 12,000 Peruvian fans will descend on Doha ahead of Monday’s (0400 Tuesday AEST) match at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, while trying to cheer the South American nation at the 2022 World Cup.

In contrast, there are only about 500 Australian fans in their positions, meaning any Aussie green and gold will be lost amid a sea of ​​red and white.

Most of Peru’s support is expected to come from the country’s diaspora and about 3.5 million people in the nation have immigrated abroad, including large populations in Italy, Spain and France.

There is even a group of Peruvians based in Australia in Doha who call themselves “Pe-roos” who have covered their bets with custom-made jerseys with gold Socceroos on one side and the white and a different red belt in Peru on the other the.

An indication of the passionate support Peruvians will enjoy for the game was shown when they arrived at their team hotel late on Friday, with a crowd of fans chanting, “Peru, Peru!” as the heroes walked in the group.

While the numbers are absolutely not in Australia’s favor, those who have traveled to support Graham Arnold’s team are ready to do their part to motivate the Socceroos in a fifth-straight World Cup.

“We are very confident that we can make enough noise and gather enough support to get the team on the line,” Sydneysider Adrian Brent told AAP.

“While we don’t have a megaphone, we went out and bought whistles and air horns, so we’re going to bring a lot of noise and passion to come Monday night.”

Brent, who had initially planned to support the Socceroos in the Copa America 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted this trip, traveled with a group of five to Doha and was in a position for a 2-1 play-off victory. the. Dubai last Tuesday (AEST Wednesday).

Already the tour has been a memorable one for those who have trekked Qatar from Australia, with a small group of fans invited to watch training on Thursday before meeting the players for photos and autographs.

Socceroos captain Maty Ryan said the team appreciated those who worked hard to support them, even though it is a smaller cohort than Peru will have in the corners.

“The more support we can get, the better and it always makes a difference,” Ryan told AAP.

“We have always encouraged many Australians – or anyone with a connection to Australia – who want to come out and support us, try to do so.

“Cheer up as loud as possible and get behind the team.”

-AAP

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