Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qualifier – Australia v Peru – Al Rayyan Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – June 13, 2022 Australia’s Andrew Redmayne celebrates after saving a penalty during the shootout REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous
DOHA, June 13 (Reuters) – Substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne’s dancing antics helped Australia claim a shootout win over Peru in an inter-continental playoff on Monday but said he was no hero, only playing his part as they claimed a fifth straight World Cup appearance.
The 33-year-old journeyman, who had trials at Arsenal as a teenager, was brought on for his third cap with three minutes to play at the end of extra time and stopped the last kick as the Socceroos won 5-4 on penalties after the match ended goalless.
“He’s a very good penalty saver and I did something that could affect them mentally,” a croaky voiced coach Graham Arnold explained at the post-match press conference.
Redmayne’s antics were certainly a distraction. He danced along the line, waving his arms furiously, wiggling his hips and moving from side to side at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
“I’m a bit lost for words. It’s a team game, it’s a team effort so I can’t take any more credit than any of the other 27 (players) who are here,” Redmayne said.
“This idea was floated pre-selection that this might eventuate in these kind of circumstances and for the two or three weeks we’ve been here (in Qatar), I’ve kind of had that in my mind.
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