Australia is going to the World Cup! Last ditch penalty shoot-out win sends the Socceroos through as coach Graham Arnold calls for Anthony Albanese to give Aussies the day off
- Socceroos are on the way to their fifth consecutive World Cup after beating Peru
- Reserve goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne hailed a hero after saving the final shot
- Redmayne has been dubbed the ‘dancing goalkeeper’ after his antics in goal
- Head coach said he called for Mr Albanese to give Aussies Tuesday off from work
The Socceroos are on their way to the World Cup with elated head coach Graham Arnold calling for Aussies to have the day off to celebrate as fans go wild following a dramatic penalty shootout victory.
Australia took the lead over Peru winning 5-4 in the shootout after a 0-0 score at full time, with reserve goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne the hero of the match.
Speaking after the game in Qatar on Tuesday morning, Arnold credited the team for their triumphs and cheekily suggested the new prime minister make today a national holiday.
‘No one knows what those boys have been through to get here. It was so hard, the whole campaign, and the way they’ve stuck at it and committed themselves to it, incredible,’ he said.
The Socceroos are on their way to the World Cup with elated head coach Graham Arnold calling for Aussies to have the day off to celebrate
ABC News Breakfast sports presenter Tony Armstrong was seen joining in on the rowdy celebrations as he and a crowd of fans jumped up and down screaming
‘I called out Anthony Albanese the other day to give everyone a day off to celebrate this because I believe this is one of the greatest achievements ever.
‘To qualify for this World Cup the way we’ve had to go through things, 20 World Cup qualifiers, 16 away from home, it has been tough but we did it.’
Soccer superstar Sam Kerr shared her elation at the Socceroos’ win.
‘Doubters eat your hats! We’re going to the world cup!’ she tweeted.
Former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich told 2GB: ‘Absolutely brilliant… and well deserved as well, I thought they were the better team, too, over the whole 120 minutes.’
ABC News Breakfast sports presenter Tony Armstrong was seen joining in on the rowdy celebrations as he and a crowd of fans jumped up and down screaming.
Australian reserve goalie Andrew Redmayne is seen celebrating the victory with teammate Aziz Behich
Redmayne won the hearts of Aussies all over the world after he ‘danced’ from side to side before every penalty
The Socceroos’ win on Tuesday will mean they will head into their fifth consecutive World Cup and sixth in total.
Fans around the world shared their joy at Australia’s win, with many mystified by Redmayne’s bizarre antics in the goal.
The reserve goalie came off the bench for the final minute of extra time before the teams went to the shootout.
Before every shot he was seen psyching out the shooter, jumping from side to side and waving his arms and legs up and down, with many dubbing him the ‘dancing goalkeeper’.
Redmayne is seen being tackled by his teammates after saving the final shot from Peru
Rowdy celebrations have kicked off in the Socceroos’ changerooms after their victory over Peru
‘Lord, give me the confidence of Andrew Redmayne who came on as a 120th min sub and danced Australia into the World Cup,’ one fan tweeted.
‘Andrew Redmayne has just become as iconic as Cathy Freeman, Mark Shwarzer & Don Bradman,’ said another.
‘Never seen anything like this. Andrew Redmayne came on after extra time, proceeded to dance like Pinocchio before every pen, warned by ref each time, made the save to send Australia to World Cup,’ one tweet read.
‘I cannot believe Andrew Redmayne’s strategy of dancing before each shot actually worked,’ commented one.
‘Andrew Redmayne is the greatest Australian sporting chancer since Steven Bradbury,’ said another.
More to come