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Australia to Battle Peru for Slot

Australia will take on Peru on Monday in the FIFA 2022 World Cup play off on Monday after they beat the United Arab Emirates 2-1 on Tuesday.

Jackson Irvine scored the opening goal of the Asian play-off at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, slotting home after good play on the right wing by former Hibernian team-mate Martin Boyle.

Brazil-born Caio Canedo equalised from close range after poor defending.

But Ajdin Hrustic’s heavily deflected strike was enough to send Australia into the intercontinental play-off.

The game was played in 33C heat, although the stadium in Al Rayyan has air conditioning.

They meet South Americans Peru at the same venue for a place in the World Cup.

The final World Cup place will be decided on Tuesday when Costa Rica face New Zealand.

Canada Men Resumes Training

Meanwhile, the Canadian men’s national team have resumed training after a strike that led to the cancellation of a friendly match.

A friendly game against Panama was cancelled Sunday after the Canadian athletes refused to play, citing “unnecessarily prolonged” negotiations over a new contract. Training sessions on Friday and Saturday were also scrapped due to the contract dispute.

The players met with senior leaders of Canada Soccer on Sunday night, and the team resumed training at the Vancouver Whitecaps’ facility Monday. The group will also train Tuesday before kicking off CONCACAF Nations League play against Curacao in Vancouver on Thursday. Canada Soccer said Tuesday on Twitter that the game will go ahead.

“Canada Soccer and the men’s national team players, who returned to training on Monday, confirmed that they look forward to facing Curacao in CONCACAF Nations League,” Canada Soccer said, adding the organization and players “are excited to see our fans [Thursday] at BC Place.”


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