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Australia qualify for 5th consecutive FIFA World Cup after beating Peru on penalities in their intercontinental playoff


Australia will meet the defending champions France in their opening match of Group D of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on November 22. This will be Australia’s fifth consecutive appearance in the global event.

Australian players celebrate after beating Peru. (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Australia qualified for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup
  • Andrew Redmayne came in as a substitute for captain Mat Ryan
  • Australia will meet France in their opening match of World Cup

Australia qualified for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup after defeating Peru on penalities 5-4 in their intercontinental playoff on Monday.

When the teams couldn’t be separated in regulation and extra time at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Australian goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, who was sent in as a substitute for captain Mat Ryan in the dying seconds of extra time, proved to be the star for the Down Under side by saving the last penalty from Alex Valera.

“I’m not a hero,” Redmayne was quoted as saying. “I just played my role like everyone else did tonight. I’m not going to take credit for this.”

The substitution was a major gamble by coach Graham Arnold, as Redmayne had previously made only two international appearances. It was Redmayne’s unconventional dancing and jumping along the goal-line with his aims and legs flailing that worked.

“Andrew Redmayne is a very good penalty saver,” Arnold said in a post-match TV interview, explaining that he made the change to put a “bit of uncertainty into their brains, get into the mental aspect of Peru.”

“I’m just so proud of the players,” Arnold added. “Really, no one knows what these boys have been through to get here. It was so hard, the whole campaign. The way they’ve stuck at it. The way they’ve committed themselves to it incredible. Twenty World Cup qualifiers, 16 away from home. It’s been tough, but we did it.”

Australia will meet the defending champions France in their opening match of Group D on November 22 before meeting Tunisia and Denmark.



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