Australia edge Peru on penalties to qualify for World Cup

Australia certified for a fifth straight World Cup after a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Peru of their intercontinental playoff on Monday.

The groups failed to attain in regulation and further time at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, and goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, despatched on as an alternative to captain Mat Ryan within the dying seconds of additional time, proved to be the star for Australia by saving the final penalty from Alex Valera.

“I’m not a hero,” Redmayne stated. “I simply performed my position like everybody else did tonight. I’m not going to take credit score for this.”

Taking off established No. 1 Ryan for Redmayne, who had made simply two earlier worldwide appearances, was a significant gamble from Socceroos coach Graham Arnold.

Redmayne’s unconventional dancing and leaping alongside the goal-line together with his goals and legs flailing because the Peru gamers stepped up, nevertheless, labored.

“Andrew Redmayne is an excellent penalty saver,” an emotional Arnold stated in a post-match TV interview, explaining that he made the change to place a “little bit of uncertainty into their brains, get into the psychological facet of Peru.”

Australia certified the exhausting approach in a marketing campaign performed largely away due to journey restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, ending third behind Saudi Arabia and Japan of their group within the final spherical of qualifying after which beating United Arab Emirates within the Asian playoff final week.

“I’m simply so pleased with the gamers,” Arnold stated. “Actually, nobody is aware of what these boys have been by means of to get right here. It was so exhausting, the entire marketing campaign. The way in which they’ve caught at it. The way in which they’ve dedicated themselves to it … unbelievable. Twenty World Cup qualifiers, 16 away from dwelling. It’s been robust, however we did it.”

The dramatic finish adopted two hours of little motion.

Australia completed regulation as the one workforce creating possibilities. Ajdin Hrustic, who scored the profitable purpose in opposition to the United Arab Emirates within the Asian playoff, had the primary shot on the right track after 82 minutes, and went shut once more shortly after.

Peru substitute Edison Flores headed in opposition to the foot of Australia’s put up early within the second interval of additional time, however that was as shut as 12,000 Peruvian followers within the stadium got here to celebrating a purpose and as shut as both workforce went to breaking the impasse.

“It is a very exhausting second,” Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese stated. “I had the dream of seeing our flag as soon as once more within the World Cup.

“I’m nonetheless pleased with this workforce. Now now we have to present them assist, some teammates are actually struggling now.

“Australia did its half and deserved it.”

The sport drifted in direction of a shootout, the place Gallese saved Martin Boyle’s opening spot kick. Australia drew stage when Luis Advincula hit the put up.

Redmayne, together with his distracting dance routine alongside the goal-line, saved from Valera, and the Socceroos clinched a spot in Qatar in November for his or her sixth total World Cup look.

“This concept was floated pre-selection that this (shootout) may eventuate in these sorts of circumstances,” Redmayne stated of his contentious choice.

Australia will meet defending champion France within the opening recreation of Group D on Nov. 22, and tackle Tunisia and Denmark.

The ultimate place on the World Cup will likely be crammed in the identical stadium on Tuesday when Costa Rica meets New Zealand.

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