Odds and Updated Predictions for Tuesday's Group Matches

Hope Soto
June 27, 2018

They are three points behind Age Hareide's side, who sit a further two adrift of Group C leaders France, and Denmark only need to avoid defeat to Les Bleus to follow them into the knockout phase.

Even the belated injection of talisman Tim Cahill couldn't save the Socceroos.

"In all three of the games we couldn't really make the difference in goals, something this squad misses on this level", van Marwijk said.

"There are no small teams or bad players in a World Cup, but the road is still long, we have to fight and be very strong".

"If you play like that and you create chances, then you have to score; that was our problem".

Van Marwijk's short-term contract as Socceroos coach now expires, with Graham Arnold to take over on a four-year deal.

"I loved to work with Australia and the players, but I'm also very happy that I'm free again", he said.

The Dutch boss was reluctant to succinctly classify Australia's overall campaign in Russian Federation.

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"We became better and better, but at the World Cup you can see for this team it is hard to make goals at this level, because against France we were at least equal and against Denmark even better".

"Not a success but also not a failure", he said.

With their elimination from the World Cup already confirmed due to back-to-back defeats against Denmark and France in their first two games, Peru had little but pride to play for heading into the match.

But van Marwijk took some solace from squeezing the best from his unheralded players. "This team has really improved from the day I started working with them, and we became better and better and only at the World Cup you could see that for this team, it's hard to make the difference in goals at this level".

- Australia have kept just one clean sheet in their 15 previous World Cup games (0-0 vs Chile in 1974), conceding at least once in each of their last 12 matches.

"Croatia are the best in that group, and we will do everything possible to not finish second", said the Bayern Munich midfielder.

"I liked the period I have worked with these guys".

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