If all succeeds, it’ll be Peru’s first World Cup spot in 36 years.
Peru is ranked at No. 10 in the world by FIFA – 112 spots higher than New Zealand – and was at a clear advantage to win last night’s game. However the team struggled without captain Paolo Guerrero, who was suspended for 30 days after failing a doping test.
Peru commanded most of the game at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, while New Zealand spent much of the time on the defensive. The home team did pick up speed in the later part of the match, but were thwarted by Peru in their efforts for a goal.
Peru’s made it to the World Cup four times – in 1930, 1978, 1978 and 1982. And while New Zealand was in South Africa in 2010, the team’s only seen the World Cup once before: in 1982.
It’s now time for both teams to rest up for the second leg of the qualifier, which will take place this November 15th at Lima’s National Stadium, at 9:15 p.m.