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Andrew Redmayne Sends Australia To World Cup After Confusing Opponents With Penalty Shootout Dance

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Andrew Redmayne Sends Australia To World Cup After Confusing Opponents With Penalty Shootout Dance

Australia goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne produced some bizarre, but brilliant, penalty shootout antics against Peru on Monday night to send the Socceroos to this winter's World Cup in Qatar.

The 33-year-old shot-stopper, who plays his club football for A-League side Sydney FC, was subbed on in the last minute of extra-time as penalties loomed at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

He replaced Real Sociedad goalkeeper Matthew Ryan with seconds remaining and, in a hilarious bid to confuse his opponents, Redmayne started dancing across his touchline. Have you ever seen anything like this?

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Peru converted four of their first five spot-kicks as Redmayne jumped around on his touchline, kicking his feet in the air.

And after Luis Advincula hit the post, the acrobatic Australian guessed the right way to save Alex Eduardo Valera Sandova's effort and send Graham Arnold's side to the World Cup in style.

Redmayne's unorthodox antics during the shootout certainly got people talking on social media.

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One fan said: "Andrew Redmayne has just become a football cult hero," while another wrote: "Australia got to a World Cup because of this!"

Australian commentator Daniel Garb also gave some incredible insight into the goalkeeper's career after his heroics.

"Andrew Redmayne was ready to quit football altogether in 2016 after a difficult stint at Western Sydney," Garb wrote on Twitter. "He was ready to chuck it in and become a school teacher. Turned his career around at @SydneyFC

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"Now he’s sent the @Socceroos to the World Cup and is a national hero."

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After the full-time whistle, Australia manager Graham Arnold explained why he brought Redmayne on in the final moments of their World Cup qualifier against Peru.

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Let us know your thoughts on that technique below. It really is quite something!

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Australia, Football World Cup

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