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“Off the chain” – Twitter reacts as Australia beat Peru on penalties to qualify for the 2022 World Cup

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:31, 13 June 2022

Australia have staged an incredible penalty shoot-out win over Peru to secure a place at the 2022 World Cup.

The intercontinental play-off between the sides, who shared a group at the 2018 World Cup, was a 120 minutes of brutal slog in the Qatar heat. It went all the way down to penalties when Australia’s coach Graham Arnold made a bold call.

He subbed off Australia’s starting goalkeeper Mat Ryan, bringing on Sydney FC’s Andrew Redmayne. The gamble paid off as Redmaybe’s memeable dancing on the goal-line distracted Peru enough to allow Australia to sneak the shoot-out win.

This will be the sixth World Cup appearance in the history of the Australian men’s side and their fifth in a row as they have appeared at every tournament since 2006. They will go into Group D with France, Denmark and Tunisia, a group which includes two rematches from 2018 as they played France and Denmark in the group stages in Russia as well.

The shoot-out started poorly for Australia as Martin Boyle saw his spot-kick saved by Peru’s Pedro Gallese. But Australia rebounded from this to slam home their next five spot-kicks while Peru threw away their advantage through Luis Advincula.

Trying to avoid the flailing limbs of Redmaybe, the locomotive of a right-back slammed his spot-kick off the post, levelling things. The next five penalties were scored by then substitute Alex Valera saw his spot-kick saved by Redmayne, giving Australia the dramatic win.

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Twitter, naturally, had something to say about Redmayne’s antics. Some like Jack Collins were just astounded:

Others made jokes:

While Kim McCauley added a bit of knowledge to her jokes, pointing out the staggering gamble that Graham Arnold took:

And, of course, the gamble worked!

Some were understandably baffled:

Others just exclaimed:

But as always, Redmayne was the story: