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Australia hero Andrew Redmayne tactic helped seal World Cup place

Brazen Australian-hero goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne is spotted tossing his opponent’s water bottle – complete with a penalty cheat sheet – in their World Cup shoot-out victory… and Peru’s stopper didn’t save a single shot after that!

  • TV footage shows a cunning intervention by the Australian heroic goalkeeper
  • Andrew Redmayne sent the Socceroos to the World Cup after beating Peru
  • The 33-year-old’s twisting antics have earned him headlines around the world
  • However, his decision to throw Peru’s instructions behind the goal was decisive
  • Click here for all the latest 2022 World Cup news and updates

Andrew Redmayne’s capricious antics saw him make headlines around the world after booking Australia’s place at the World Cup, but it was a cunning intervention that helped set the Socceroos on their way to Qatar.

Australian coach Graham Arnold made the bold call to replace skipper Matty Ryan in place of A-League star Redmayne in the closing moments of stoppage time, with a do-or-die penalty shootout on the horizon against Peru.

Considered a specialist in penalty-saving, Redmayne takes an unorthodox approach to mocking kicks with his dance theater, earning him the nickname ‘Grey Wiggle’.

Andrew Redmayne's shrewd intervention helped seal Australia's place at the 2022 World Cup

Andrew Redmayne’s shrewd intervention helped seal Australia’s place at the 2022 World Cup

And Arnold’s decision was fully rewarded with the 33-year-old saving Alex Valera’s spot to take an unlikely win and a place in the November tournament.

Still, things didn’t go smoothly for the Aussies after Martin Boyle’s penalty was cleverly parried by Pedro Gallese to give the Peruvians an early advantage.

The Orlando City stopper was seen during the shootout holding his water bottle, which was wrapped in a white towel.

It turned out that a small piece of paper with instructions on how to fight the Australian penalties was hidden in the towel – a tactic that has become commonplace in most shootouts in modern football.

The A-League veteran was the hero for the Socceroos in their penalty shootout vs Peru

The A-League veteran was the hero for the Socceroos in their penalty shootout vs Peru

Peru keeper Pedro Gallese saved an early penalty and appeared to have hidden instructions in his water bottle, which was wrapped in a small white towel

Peru keeper Pedro Gallese saved an early penalty and appeared to have hidden instructions in his water bottle, which was wrapped in a small white towel

The bottle can be seen next to the target and Redmayne headed towards it midway through the shootout when the Peruvian shotstop was caught off guard

The bottle can be seen next to the target and Redmayne headed towards it midway through the shootout when the Peruvian shotstop was caught off guard

However, Redmayne saw his chance to wipe out that advantage from Gallese as teammate Craig Goodwin lined up for his attempt from 12 yards.

TV footage shows Redmayne making his way to the bottle, grabbing the paper before sauntering over to the billboards where he tossed the instructions into the distance.

Ajdin Hrustic, Jamie Maclaren and Awer Mabil all easily sent their penalties past Gallese before Redmayne got a hand in Valera’s effort, showing that the intervention was a decisive turning point for the Socceroos.

Despite his individual exploits, Redmayne refused to take credit for his side’s achievement on Tuesday morning.

“I’m not going to take credit for this,” Redmayne said.

“The boys ran around there for 120 minutes. It’s a team effort. I’m not a hero. I just played my part like everyone else did tonight.

Redmayne can be seen throwing the piece of paper behind the billboards before Craig Goodwin put his penalty past Gallese

Redmayne can be seen throwing the piece of paper behind the billboards before Craig Goodwin put his penalty past Gallese

Gallese failed to save Australia's remaining three penalties and they went on to Qatar

Gallese failed to save Australia’s remaining three penalties and they went on to Qatar

“This idea came from pre-selection that this (shootout) could happen in these kinds of circumstances.

“In the end it’s a coin. Either right or left.’

“I’m just so proud of the players,” added Socceroos boss Arnold.

“Really nobody knows what these guys went through to get here, it was so hard, the whole campaign. The way they lasted, the way they committed, brilliant.’

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said: “We had the expectation to make it, we were close, but unfortunately it was not the case.

“We are inundated with pain. We have done our utmost. They have emptied their tanks and we feel cheated that we are out of the World Cup. We wanted to avoid the penalty shootout.”

Australia takes on France, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D and is looking for their first World Cup win since 2010.

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