‘Dancing’ goalkeeper secures World Cup spot for Australia (VIDEO)

Andrew Redmayne’s bizarre routine helped his country secure a place at the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup

Australia secured their spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne’s unorthodox penalty shootout proved the difference as his team claimed a dramatic victory against Peru in their intercontinental play-off.

With the score at 0-0 and the end of extra time approaching in the Doha encounter, Australian manager Graham Arnold introduced shootout specialist Redmayne to starting goalkeeper Mat Ryan with the expectation that the substitution could make all the difference if sanctions loom.

That ultimately proved to be the case when the shootout suddenly died after both countries scored four of their first five attempts.

Awer Mabil scored his penalty for the Aussies and put the pressure on Peru’s Alex Valera to keep his country’s hopes alive.

But Redmayne had other ideas and used his tactic to dance down the goal line with a variety of moves to scare Valera off.

When the attacker came on, Redmayne withstood his effort, ducking low to the right to keep the shot out and causing wild celebrations among the Socceroos players and staff.

The win puts Australia in the penultimate spot left for the 2022 World Cup before it kicks off in November. It also means Australia will compete in a fifth consecutive edition of the FIFA flagship when they line up in a group alongside France, Denmark and Tunisia.

Redmayne, who plays his club football for Sydney FC in the Australian A-League, was the hero for his homeland after Arnold made the brave call to introduce him in the 120th minute with penalties looming.

The 33-year-old, who nearly quit the game five years ago to become a barista, was modest in the win, suggesting that even his teammates had been none the wiser about his late arrival for spot kicks.

“I’m not going to take the credit”, Redmayne told Channel 10.

“The guys had 120 minutes, and it’s not just 11 on the pitch, but the guys on the bench, the guys in the stands. The guys who missed in their roster too. It’s a team effort, team game, so I can’t take more credit than any of the others.

“I’m not a hero. I just played my part like everyone else tonight. Not even the eleven on the pitch, it was much more than that, it’s a team effort.” said Redmayne, nicknamed ‘the Pink/Grey Wiggle’ for his antics of dancing on the goal line, depending on the color of the jersey he’s wearing.

“She [Peru] would have been prepared all week thinking that Maty would be in goal,” added Redmayne.

“To attract me she would have thrown a little bit. I spoke to a few players in our cohort and they said it would have rattled them if another goalkeeper came.”

Socceroos boss Arnold also confirmed that starting goalkeeper Ryan was not aware of the trick until his number came up to leave the field after playing his part with a clean sheet in the preceding 120 minutes.

Australia was forced into the play-offs after finishing third in their group in a disappointing qualifying campaign in the Asian Football Conference, behind automatic qualifiers Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Arnold’s men navigated a playoff against the UAE last week before knocking out Peru.

The haunt for the South Americans means Peru is failing to follow their performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where their fans highlighted the event as one of the most lavish to attend the tournament. Before that, Peru’s last World Cup appearance was back in 1982.

The last of the 32 places available in Qatar 2022 will be determined in Doha on Tuesday, when New Zealand meets Costa Rica.

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