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Australia's Penalty Hero Andrew Redmayne Threw Peru Goalkeeper's Instructions Away

Ryan Sidle

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Australia's Penalty Hero Andrew Redmayne Threw Peru Goalkeeper's Instructions Away

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Australia goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne became a national hero for Australia, due to his penalty shootout antics on Monday night, and fans have spotted that it might not have just been on the goalline where he messed with Peru.

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Redmayne was brought on as a substitute in the dying minutes of extra time in Australia's World Cup qualification play off final with Peru.

The move to switch goalkeepers just for a shootout was popularised by Louis van Gaal's move in the 2014 World Cup, and just like Tim Krul's introduction against Costa Rica, Redmayne being brought on ended up working.

The Sydney FC keeper, making just his third appearance for the national team certainly had a unique style in attempting to save the oppositions spot kicks.

He danced and clowned his way across the goalline, occasionally coming off it momentarily, crouching down, jumping up and then attempting to make saves.

However, his high jinks weren't just contained when it was his turn to save, as fans think they spotted him getting rid of Peru keeper Pedro Gallese's bottle during the shootout.

Goalkeepers often have the information about which way penalty takers are likely to send their effort in a penalty shootout, based on all the pre match preparation, taped on their water bottles.

The Forest number one saved three attempts in their shootout win over Sheffield United in the semi finals, without them Steve Cooper's side might not have made it back into the Premier League.

Redmayne was mobbed by his teammates in celebration, after becoming a national hero. Image: Alamy
Redmayne was mobbed by his teammates in celebration, after becoming a national hero. Image: Alamy

Peru keeper Gallese had given the South Americans the perfect start to the competition on Monday, when he saved the first effort from Martin Boyle, but didn't save any of the subsequent penalties.

On the other hand Redmayne's larking about didn't seem to have any effect on the Peruvian takers, as he got nowhere near the first two efforts.

He got closer to Luis Advincula's strike but it was the post that denied the full back, but finally his tactics worked as he saved Alex Valera's shot, Peru's first in sudden death, to send Australia to Qatar in November.

Topics: Football World Cup, Australia

Ryan Sidle
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