Australia defeated Peru in a penalty shootout (0-0, 5-4) that gave us the first great heroes of Qatar 2022: Australian goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne.
His dances under the sticks before each Peruvian shot to try to throw them off center became viral and his success in stopping Lex Varela’s shot, the definitive one, catapulted him to world fame.
His extravagant -and effective- way of dealing with penalty shootouts is not something new in his career. In fact, both his and his selector confirmed after the classification to qatar that his departure in the 120th minute to replace Ryan and face penalties was something totally planned for weeks.
“The plan to end up in the batch is something that arose already from the pre-selection of the call. It is a situation that could happen and during the two or three weeks that we have been here, I have always had it in mind “. The 33-year-old goalkeeper also wanted to play down his action: “I am not a hero. I just played my part, like everyone else did tonight. Not even the 11 on the field, it was much more than that, it’s a team effort.”
Graham Arnoldhis coach, also confessed to having prepared the performance of such a particular goalkeeper: “Andrew Redmayne is a very good penalty taker and we wanted to play with the mental aspect of the rival with their entry to save penalties, to add a little uncertainty in their brains, that was the reason.