Snake charming and witch doctoring - Peruvians going all-in against the All Whites

Elias Hubbard
November 15, 2017

Peruvians have reverted to supernatural fantasy in a bid to beat the All Whites, with alleged shamans attempting to put a curse on New Zealand's national team ahead of their do-or-die World Cup qualifier in Lima on Thursday (NZT).

Only time will tell as the weight of expectation on the Peruvian side will be enormous on Thursday, having not qualified for the World Cup finals since 1982.

The All Whites say they will be in no hurry to score a goal in their intercontinental play-off second leg against Peru.

One reporter seemed to try and provoke Reid asking him "We knew statistics are made to be broken but your team has a bad record away from home".

Peru hope to join four other South American teams that have already qualified for next year's tournament: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay.

Peru will have to advance without its top striker Paolo Guerrero, who was suspended after failing a doping test.

However, coach Anthony Hudson has indicated his All Whites will take a more conservative approach than the first leg.

Peru is getting ready to party like its 1981.

While they were shaded by Peru in terms of chances in Wellington, the New Zealand front men at least strung some decent raids together.

The streets in the Peruvian capital are all decked out in the red and white of the team's colors. The Peruvian Football Federation has also announced it will allow a Peruvian flag to be displayed before 50,000 people at Estadio Nacional de Lima during the game.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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