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.
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.
This is the exact moment Andrew Redmayne (goalkeeper) picked up the Peru goalkeepers water bottle and threw it over the "Qatar Airways sign" cause it had all the information where the Australian players placed their penalty kicks.— 🇦🇺⚽️S.\m⚽️🇦🇺 (@MelbourneBlokee) June 14, 2022
What an absolute legend😭😭😭. pic.twitter.com/W0w8vEU9fd
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.
Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba recently proved how important the instructions can be in the Championship play-offs.
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.
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.
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