Australia beat Peru in penalty shootout to claim a place in 2022 FIFA World Cup
Australia’s dance substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne saved the last penalty to secure a place in this year’s World Cup in Qatar as he beat Peru 5-4 in a shootout after a 0-0 draw after extra time in the inter-continental playoff on Monday. defeated by ,
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Redmayne danced across the goal-line before diving to the right to prevent a penalty from Alex Valera and give Australia a deserved victory at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.
Redmayne was brought on three minutes from the end of the game for a shootout and became a quick hero with his antics on the line to distract rival kickers.
He danced up and down, waving his hips and throwing up his arms, to the clown antics of Bruce Groebbeler of Liverpool when he won the European Cup in 1984.
It was enough for Luis Edwincilla to fire his effort against the post and then Valera saved his effort as Australia qualified for their fifth consecutive World Cup and sixth in total.
They will play the holders of France, Denmark and Tunisia in the World Cup Group D. The finals will run from November 21 to December. 18.
Australia coach Graham Arnold said, “I am very proud of the players.” “Nobody really knows what these guys are going through to get here, it was so hard, the whole campaign. The way they stuck to it, the way they committed themselves, was fantastic.”
Australia’s Martin Boyle had missed his first penalty, but he converted the next five to silence the thousands of Peruvian fans who had traveled to the game and supported the noisy but watched his team. Got some chances.
Instead, a workman as Australia dominated the opening exchange, winger Boyle twice cut through Peru’s defense to provide a teasing cross.
The second half followed a similar pattern with limited efforts on target until the 80th minute when Australia suddenly had three good chances to win the match.
Ajdin Hurstik’s free kick was easily saved by Peruvian captain Pedro Gallis and five minutes later Aziz Behich made two tackles and suddenly found himself in front of the goal but narrowly tried to get his shot into the net.
Then a run down the left by Australia substitute Ever Mabil was seen as he slid the ball into Hurstick’s path, but didn’t find enough power on his shot and Gallis saved again.
In nine minutes of extra time, Australia’s Matthew Ryan was finally tested with a sting shot from Edison Flores, which was saved by the goalkeeper.
Flores then led against the post as the South Americans found an extra gear in the closing stages, but were unable to settle the result even after two hours of play, setting the stage for Redmayne to emerge as a hero. established.
Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said: “We expected to make it, we were close but unfortunately it was not. We are filled with pain. We gave our best. They emptied their tanks and we think we Have been cheated. World Cup. We wanted to avoid penalty shootouts.”
The single-game playoff between fifth-place finishers in Asian and South American qualifying determined 31st place at this year’s World Cup. The final place on Tuesday will be decided when Costa Rica and New Zealand face off in their inter-continental playoff, that too at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.