Socceroos World Cup: Coach Graham Arnold calls for Aussies to have the day off after win over Peru
The Socceroos are on their way to the World Cup with delighted head coach Graham Arnold calling on the Aussies to have a day off to celebrate as the fans go wild after a dramatic penalty kick win.
Australia took the lead over Peru and won 5-4 in the shootout after a 0-0 tie at full-time, with reserve goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne the hero of the match.
Arnold spoke on Tuesday morning after the game in Qatar, praising the team for their triumphs and boldly suggesting that the new prime minister make today a national holiday.
“Nobody knows what those guys went through to get here. It’s been so hard, the whole campaign, and the way they’ve stuck with it and committed to it, it’s unbelievable,” he said.
The Socceroos are heading to the World Cup with delighted head coach Graham Arnold calling on Aussies to have a day off to celebrate
ABC News Breakfast sports host Tony Armstrong was seen joining in on the rowdy celebrations as he and a crowd of fans jumped up and down screaming
“I recently called on Anthony Albanese to give everyone a day off to celebrate, because I believe this is one of the greatest achievements ever.
“To qualify for this World Cup the way we endured, 20 World Cup qualifiers, 16 away from home, it was tough, but we made it.”
Soccer superstar Sam Kerr shared her elation at Socceroos’ victory.
‘Doubters eat your hat! We’re going to the World Cup!’ she tweeted.
Former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich told 2GB: ‘Absolutely brilliant… and well deserved too, I thought they were the better side too, over the whole 120 minutes.’
ABC News Breakfast sports host Tony Armstrong was seen joining in on the boisterous celebrations as he and a crowd of fans jumped up and down screaming.
Australian reserve goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne celebrates victory with teammate Aziz Behich
Redmayne won the hearts of Aussies around the world after ‘dancing’ back and forth for every penalty
The Socceroos’ win on Tuesday means they face their fifth consecutive World Cup and sixth in total.
They play in World Cup group D with holders France, Denmark and Tunisia. The finals run from November 21 to December 18.
Fans around the world shared their joy at Australia’s victory, and many were aghast at Redmayne’s bizarre in-goal antics.
The reserve goalkeeper came off the bench in the last minute of extra time before the teams moved on to the shootout.
Before each shot, he was seen taking out the shooter, jumping back and forth and swinging his arms and legs up and down, with many calling him the “dancing goalie.”
Redmayne is tackled by his teammates after saving Peru’s last shot
Noisy parties have started in the Socceroos’ locker rooms after their victory over Peru
“Lord, give me the confidence of Andrew Redmayne who showed up as a 120 min sub and danced Australia to the World Cup,” one fan tweeted.
Andrew Redmayne has become as iconic as Cathy Freeman, Mark Shwarzer and Don Bradman, said another.
‘Never seen anything like it. Andrew Redmayne came on after extra time, started dancing as Pinocchio saved for every pen, warned by the referee every time, to send Australia to the World Cup,” the tweet read.
“I can’t believe Andrew Redmayne’s strategy of dancing before every shot actually works,” one commented.
“Andrew Redmayne is Australia’s biggest sporting opportunity since Steven Bradbury,” said another.
In his eyes, Redmayne insisted he was no hero.
“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,” he said.
“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.’
More to come