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?
Goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne... Came off the bench for Australia in the final minute of extra time just for penalty shoot-out... He did this dance on the line every time... And for the critical penalty kick it worked! pic.twitter.com/hUb2g9Mevd— Simon Sandiford (@SimonUpNorth) June 13, 2022
Andrew Redmayne has just done this to send Australia to the World Cup.— John Granville's Long Throw (@JGsLongThrow) June 13, 2022
Taking shithousery to beautiful, new levels. pic.twitter.com/w1CjOnhHC7
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.
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
"Now he’s sent the @Socceroos to the World Cup and is a national hero."
Australia got to a World Cup cause of this😂😂😂🇦🇺— 𝙇𝙞𝙖𝙢🇧🇪 (@OfficialVizeh) June 13, 2022
I see a lot of debate about Andrew Redmayne’s antics. I have absolutely no problem with it. The advantage is all with the taker and the keeper has to do all he can to increase his chances of making a save. I’m always surprised that more keepers don’t try moving about on the line.— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) June 13, 2022
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.
"The boys have shown so much resilience" @Socceroos coach Graham Arnold was full of praise for his side, and explained why he put keeper Andrew Redmayne on to save the day!— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) June 13, 2022
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