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Substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne is the hero as Australia qualify for the World Cup

Andrew Redmayne is the hero as Australia qualifies for the World Cup with a replacement goalkeeper called in for the shoot-out and dancing on the goal line to distract opponents before saving the decisive goal

Replacement goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne was the hero as Australia secured their place at the World Cup by overtaking Peru.

The intercontinental play-off, which took place in Qatar, was goalless after extra time, with Redmayne saving Peru’s Alex Valera’s decisive goal as Australia won 5-4 on penalties.

For every penalty from Peru, Redmayne, who had just entered his third international match, danced on the goal line in an attempt to distract his opponent.

Goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne was the hero as Australia qualified for the World Cup

Goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne was the hero as Australia qualified for the World Cup

Peru missed two of their penalties, with Redmayne’s stop by Valera causing some wild celebrations.

Redmayne was specially brought in for the penalty shootout when he replaced first-choice goalkeeper Mat Ryan in the closing stages of extra time.

Australia will now participate in their fifth consecutive World Cup and will take their place in Group D along with France, Denmark and Tunisia.

Redmayne replaced Mat Ryan towards the end of extra time in the clash against Peru

Redmayne replaced Mat Ryan towards the end of extra time in the clash against Peru

Redmayne danced on the goal line as a distraction and saved the decisive goal

Redmayne danced on the goal line as a distraction and saved the decisive goal

Former Australia goalkeeper Mark Bosnich described Redmayne as a ‘hero’ and praised coach Graham Arnold for making a ‘brave’ change.

Bosnian tweeted: ‘Yesssssssss!!!!! Congratulations @Socceroos….deserved…The Hero of Andrew Redmayne!!!! And a big congratulations to Graham Arnold…great courage to make that change.”

Journalist Steve Smith described the success as ‘A win for the ages’.

He wrote: ‘I’m still not over it. A win for all ages. The absolute cojones from Arnie to sub Redmayne just for the penalties. We’ll be talking about this for days.’

A Twitter user praised Arnold as “a tactical genius.”

He wrote: ‘Graeme Arnold a tactical genius? Redmayne was a Wanderers reject… Now both are going to another World Cup. Well done Australia.’

Another user called the decision to use Redmayne “A stroke of genius.”

One user praised Arnold for “supporting his own judgment.”

He wrote: ‘Graham Arnold proves once again ‘listen to the fans long enough and you’ll be with them’. Supported his own judgment and backed Redmayne in penalties and Australia is through to World Cup!’.

Another described Redmayne as “a God among men.”

Another user commented that the goalkeeper change is paying off.

They wrote: ‘In complete and utter shock. The goalkeeper change paid off. Credit where credit is due Graham Arnold and credit Andrew Redmayne. But let’s talk about the penalties. Clinical! Proud Australian. We’re going to Qatar!’.

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