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Phillips hoping to spoil Peru’s party

MATT Phillips has his sights set on spoiling a special night in the Peruvian capital Lima.

The South Americans host Scotland in their final home game before setting off for a first appearance at a FIFA World Cup since the 1982 tournament in Spain.

Excitement inside the Estadio Nacional will hit fever pitch come kick-off, (2am BST) - a sell-out crowd of 40,000 locals hoping to roar their nation to Russia with a win.

Such is the enthusiasm for football and this summer’s World Cup in Peru, over 700,000 ticket applications were made for the clash with Phillips’ side.

And the Baggies winger is desperate to ensure Scotland deliver a performance despite being almost 6,000 miles from home in an intimidating environment.

He said: “It’s nice to come away for a few days before the game.

“You can acclimatise to the conditions and get a feel for the Peruvian culture.

“It might be a friendly but we want to come out here and make sure we put a performance in.

“We want to start putting results and performances together to get ourselves ready for the next qualifying campaign.

“Friendlies like this one give the players opportunities to stake their claims and a put something in the manager’s mind.”

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