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As an expectant nation holds its breath, Peru captain Pedro Gallese has spoken of his team's desire to beat Australia to reach this year's World Cup.
A public holiday has been called in the South American nation for the do-or-die play-off between the la Blanquirroja (the white-and-red) and the Socceroos in Qatar on Monday (0400 Tues AEST).
While those in Peru are expected to be glued to TV screens watching the action, approximately 12,000 fans have made the trip to Doha to cheer on from the stands at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
Gallese says the hopes of the nation are reflected in those of the players.
"People make great sacrifices to support us, we're all aware of this, so it's a great moment and we have to experience it, and be present, make the most of the opportunities," the experienced goalkeeper said.
"It's a great opportunity and, yes, I want to experience these moments of my career and just make the most of it.
"I know my team very well, and the whole technical team, and we just want to make the most of this opportunity."
Peru are bidding to reach a second-straight World Cup after appearing in Russia four years ago, their first trip to a finals since 1982.
Their ticket to Russia was booked with a play-off win over New Zealand in 2017, although that tie was settled over two legs.
Coach Ricardo Gareca said the one-off format of the clash with Australia would make for a much different contest this time around.
"This is a key match and the fact that we've already played inter-continental playoff, I don't think it's that important," Gareca said.
"Every game is different and what we want to do is to keep on growing, we've known each other for seven years in our national team.
"We have experienced very tough situations, we cope with them, we know that's the way forward is a tough one but this is what we want to do.
"We're all ready for this, we're all ready for this type of match.
"From that point of view, apart from the fact that we have a broad experience, so does Australia. We are both in the same situation and we hope to make the most of this opportunity."