Peru beats New Zealand to qualify for first World Cup in 36 years

Peru's Christian Ramos, right,. celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against New Zealand, with his teammate Alberto Rodriguez , center, during a play-off qualifying match for the 2018 Russian World Cup in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (Karel Navarro/AP)

LIMA, Peru — Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 on Wednesday night to win a two-leg playoff and earn the 32nd and last spot in the World Cup field in Russia.

Peru won at home after tying 0-0 on Saturday in New Zealand. It last reached the World Cup in 1982.

Striker Jefferson Farfan opened the scoring Wednesday in the 27th minute from the edge of the box.

Defender Christian Ramos made it 2-0 in the 64th minute after a mistake from New Zealand’s defence.

Peruvian players dedicated the win to striker Paolo Guerrero, who was suspended on doping suspicions.

New Zealand failed in a bid to reach its third World Cup.

Peru’s qualification put the South American team in the World Cup draw with Spain, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Croatia.

A tearful Farfan said after the match that his team had "to endure a lot of nonsense until we got here." Peru finished fifth in South American World Cup qualifying.

Farfan and his teammates walked around the pitch holding the shirt of striker Paolo Guerrero, who has been suspended by FIFA on doping suspicions.

Peruvian President Pedro Paulo Kuczynski promised earlier this week that Thursday will be a national holiday if thecal team qualified for the World Cup.


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