While there was disappointment for Martin O’Neill and the Republic of Ireland earlier this week after their 5-1 defeat to Denmark, the polar opposite emotions were seen in South America in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Peru secured the final spot at World Cup 2018 with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand in the play-offs after the first leg ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
Goals from Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos ensured that the number 10 ranked side in the world progressed to the sport’s showpiece event – their first World Cup since 1982.
It is clear from the scenes below just how important securing a passage to Russia 2018 was to the players and the fans in Lima as the packed stadium erupts with noise at the sound of the referee’s final whistle.
Peru reached this play-off after finishing above world number nine ranked Chile on score difference and will join fellow South Americans Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia in Russia next summer.
For New Zealand, the wait to reach a third ever World Cup will go on for at least another four years.
Check out the latest episode of The Mixer, the Irish football podcast as we dissect a disappointing night for Ireland with Stephen Henderson.