With a place at next year’s World Cup on a knifepoint, a goal will be like gold dust in Lima on Thursday (NZT).
The first leg was drawn 0-0 in Wellington, meaning if New Zealand can steal an away goal, it would force the hosts to score twice to prevail.
However, coach Anthony Hudson has indicated his All Whites will take a more conservative approach than the first leg.
While they were shaded by Peru in terms of chances in Wellington, the New Zealand front men at least strung some decent raids together.
There are likely to be fewer such opportunities at Estadio Nacional.
“It will be a different type of game than the first leg, we don’t have to be in a rush to go out and score,” Hudson said.
“We know we’ll get chances, whenever we go away from home – Japan, Mexico, USA – we’ve always scored and we’re a better team than we were back then.”
Keeping the scoreline 0-0 for a long period will only heap pressure on Peru, who are likely to want to avoid a penalty shootout.
“It’s a really good scenario for us to be in because we know the longer it goes on with this scoreline the tougher it will be for Peru,” Hudson said.
“We know what to expect going into the game because they have to come out and score.”