Socceroos' World Cup rivals Peru see off Iceland

The Socceroos' 2018 FIFA World Cup group opponents, Peru saw off a gritty Iceland outfit 3-1 in their international friendly in New Jersey on Wednesday (AEDT).

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Peru players celebrate their win over Iceland Source: Getty Images

The game was less than three minutes old when poor defending from Iceland allowed Renato Tapia a free header from six metres out.



Iceland responded though, and equalised midway through the first half when Jon Guoni Fjoluson headed home a corner from close range.



Peru took the lead again - 12 minutes into the second half - when Raul Ruidiaz slotted home from a tight angle before Jefferson Farfan got the third when his shot from 12 yards out took a deflection that wrongfooted the goalkeeper and trundled home.



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The victory came on the same day as the Socceroos draw with Colombia, and four days after Peru beat Croatia 2-0 in Miami.



Peru are heading to their first World Cup in 36 years in June and will face Denmark, France and Australia in Group C.

Iceland, who are preparing for their first appearance at the finals, begin their Group D campaign against Argentina on June 16 before playing Nigeria and Croatia. 


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Published 28 March 2018 at 2:17pm
Source: Reuters