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The 3 tactics Peru used to unsettle New Zealand during World Cup play-off

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Peru confirmed themselves as the 32nd and final team at the 2018 World Cup when they defeated New Zealand in their make-or-break play-off on Wednesday.

Ricardo Gareca's men managed to scramble their way into a play-off spot amid a hectic South American qualifying group where Argentina survived by the skin of their teeth and Alexis Sanchez's Chile missed out.

It left Peru with two games to prove that they deserved the final chance and not the star-studded outfit they usurped late on.

The long trip across the Pacific Ocean left the tie wide open after a goalless draw in Wellington with ex-Newport County manager Anthony Hudson at the helm for New Zealand.

The Oceanian nation even managed to make it through the opening exchanges in Lima with the scores level before Peru finally turned on the style.

Jefferson Farfan broke the deadlock in the 28th minute with a rasping strike before Christian Ramos doubled the host's lead in the second-half - sending Peru to their first World Cup since 1982.

It was a dominant performance from Peru with the South Americans boasting 60% of the possession and preventing their opponents from registering a single shot on target.

However, supporters weren't simply going to rely on the talent of their players and decided to take matters into their own hands to get the better of the 'All Whites.'

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The New Zealand Herald - amongst other sources - reported the three main tactics used in Lima and it quickly bred outrage on Twitter.

Laser pens were photographed on several occasions at the Estadio Nacional de Lima with away goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic amongst the targets.

That was during the game, however, with some approaches backdating further.

Peru fans set off fireworks outside the New Zealand team hotel at 3:30am and jets were reportedly ordered to carry out low fly-bys to muster even greater noise pollution.

Did it have much effect on the game? Probably not - the match wasn't close enough for a few hours of lost sleep to be seen as the difference nor green spots in the eye.

Nevertheless, there was no shortage of angry fans on Twitter - check out the pick of the reaction:

New Zealand will now have to shift their attention to the 2022 tournament in Qatar having failed to qualify for the past two finals. They can at least take optimism from their last appearance, though, where they were the only team to go unbeaten.

That impregnability just wasn't present in Lima.

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