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Australian Football: Maclaren backs Socceroos to get past Peru

Jamie Maclaren admits Peru are a quality side but says so too are the Socceroos as they look to book their place at the World Cup finals in Qatar.

Australia are priced at 500/1 to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup later this year, but first they must get past Peru in the final play-off clash.

Do-or-die Peru clash

The Socceroos set up the do-or-die clash after edging past the UAE on Tuesday night and now they face an even tougher challenge against Peru.

The Peruvians are ranked 22 in the world and not many outside of the Aussie camp are giving the Socceroos a chance. However Maclaren believes they have what it takes to win the game and seal qualification.

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"It's massive, I don't want to put too much stress on it because it's just another game, but it is a game that is a must win. Let's be honest," he said. "It's do-or-die, all-or-nothing, all these sort of quotes you want to say.

"It's come down to 90 minutes against Peru and we know they're a good team, but we're also a good team. We can't wait, we'll get some bodies back also and we'll go in there with a very strong squad."

Keeping in tight

Maclaren did not start against the UAE but he came off the bench and looked a real threat as the Socceroos pushed for the win. And the if he gets on the pitch again, the Melbourne City striker is confident of scoring, but knows they have to keep it tight at the other end.

"I always say to the boys just put it in the box, I'll be there," he added. "We've got very good defenders and we know that if they can keep it as low scoring as possible, then we've got guys down the other end that can be dangerous and score goals."

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