Qatar 2022 Play-off: Leckie relishing Australia’s likelihood to shine in opposition to Peru

Australia’s Jackson Irvine celebrates after scoring their first aim at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, throughout their Asian Play-off, on this file picture. Pic: Mohammed Farag

Doha: Australia have the prospect to progress to a fifth straight FIFA World Cup ought to they defeat Peru on Tuesday and Mathew Leckie desires to do all he can to verify he might be on the aircraft to Qatar later this 12 months. 

The Socceroos will tackle Peru at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in a winner-takes-all match for a spot within the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

Earlier than going through Peru, the Socceroos needed to battle arduous in opposition to the UAE midweek, with Jackson Irvine and Ajdin Hrustic netting targets within the second half to ship Australia to a second-successive inter-continental play-off recreation. 

Nonetheless, regardless of that includes practically the whole match in opposition to Al Abyad, Mathew Leckie is aware of that his team-mates nonetheless have an enormous quantity of enchancment of their recreation main into the essential tie in opposition to la Blanquirroja.  

“I believe in each recreation, there’s at all times issues you possibly can work on and do higher so we reviewed the sport, we noticed the great issues we’ve carried out, and a few issues we have to type of repair up a little bit bit,” Leckie informed 

“No staff ever has an ideal recreation, however subsequent recreation is a one off if we win, we go to the World Cup, so I’m certain each single participant might be giving it their all.”

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Regardless of failing to mechanically qualify for the World Cup, Leckie careworn simply how arduous it’s to safe ends in robust circumstances away from residence.

“It’s going to undoubtedly be rewarding, simply primarily based on the truth that when you’ve been right here or participated in a World Cup qualification, you perceive how robust it’s.

Peru stand of their manner and might be stiff competitors however the Socceroos come into the conflict assured after securing a pleasant win over Jordan and development out of AFC Qualifying by defeating UAE. Having acclimated to Qatar and discovering some kind, Leckie was buoyed by how the squad had come collectively forward of the “second half” of the play-off qualification course of in opposition to la Blanquirroja in a one off at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. 

“It’s necessary to be enjoying properly going into these home windows and to have this momentum bodily, fitness-wise and naturally you need your finest obtainable staff on the market. 

“So I believe the truth that we’re all again presently, it’s essential and that is the crunch time. 

“We knew that these two video games coming into camp we have now to win each to go to the World Cup, so it’s panned out properly (having everybody again) and simply normally you at all times need all of the gamers you possibly can probably have (obtainable).”