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World Cup joy in Peru

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By Robert Hackwill
World Cup joy in Peru

A national holiday has been declared in Peru as the South American side is on its way to its first world cup since 1982. The streets of Lima filled as crowds celebrated Peru’s going through at New Zealand’s expense, beating them 2-0.

It ended the suspense over who would take the 32nd and final spot in the 2018 pinnacle tournament in Russia.

Plenty of suspense on the horizon, thouigh, as December 1 sees the draw for the tournament in Moscow.

England are in pot 2, unseeded. despite being undefeated in qualifying, but it’s FIFA ranking points that count. They will have to play one of the top seven sides or hosts Russia plus, say, nemesis Iceland and South Korea to make it to the knockout stages.