Redmayne replaced Ryan in goal before the end of the second overtime to put on his show on penalties.  He ended up being the hero of Australia.  Photo: AFP

There will be no Peru in Qatar 2022. The team led by Argentine Ricardo Gareca could not overcome a tough team from Australia in regular time and not in extra time. in penalties, Australian substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmaynewhich had entered precisely for the defining series, He did his show with dance included in each rival shot and held Alex Valera’s shot to put his team in the sixth World Cup in its history, the fifth in a row. After 120 minutes without a goal, it was 5-4 from 12 paces for the representative of the Asian spot that will make up group D along with France, Denmark and Tunisia. This Tuesday the last of the 32 places between Costa Rica and New Zealand will be defined.

There is no consolation for Peruvianswho had arrived at the Ahmad bin Ali World Cup stadium, in the city of Al-Rayyan, with hope high up and with the encouragement of many fans present in Qatar and millions following him from a distance. The heat of almost 40 degrees was not felt indoors on a court with a state-of-the-art cooling system. In any case, the red and white cast could not exhibit their usual game and that was shown to the Tiger Gareca annoying in several sections of the match.

Peru could not be the Peru of always and that was largely due to the Australians. Just in extra time, those from South America had the clearest chances, although without aim. Y the dream of playing two World Cups in a row was cut short in the gloves of the eccentric Redmayne. It will be necessary to see if this great uneasiness makes Gareca put an end to his great cycle or if, due to the contract, he decides to continue with the project.


Redmayne replaced Ryan in goal before the end of the second overtime to put on his show on penalties. He ended up being the hero of Australia. Photo: AFP

Getting out of the script written by Australia cost Peru too much. The Oceanians found it very easy to put pressure on him from the start. And the duel was played largely as they wanted, something that, of course, led the Incas to a swampy ground. The South American team was able to reach Mat Ryan’s goal only once with extreme danger in the entire first half: a header from Gianluca Lapadula after a good overflow from André Carrillo on the right.

Later, Australia imposed its conditions. And he even dared to dispute the possession of the men of the Tiger. With a classic 4-4-2, those in yellow neutralized the low Peruvian start and forced Pedro Gallese to play the long game. The ball always came back.

Australia put together a structure that Peru did not know how to get past in those initial 45 minutes. Coach Graham Arnold outlined a plan so that his team would feel comfortable and reach Gallese’s goal with some ease. Mitchel Duke had the arc between his eyebrows and every time he found the ball he looked for the shot. He had two.

But the most unbalanced of Australia was on the right, with the skill of Martin Boyle, who was a problem for Miguel Trauco. The Australian midfielder managed to get away and shoot several centers. In the most dangerous he narrowly missed Duke right in front of the three posts.

Peru, entangled in the web of Australia, could not find clarity on Qatari soil. Renato Tapia could not be the point guard in the central circle and he also did not have the help of Sergio Peña and Christofer Gonzáles, the internal midfielders of the 4-3-3. Likewise, those commanded by Gareca always tried to become strong by circulating the ball to search for spaces.

Australia celebrates the ticket to Qatar 2022 with goalkeeper Redmayne. Photo: AFP

Australia celebrates the ticket to Qatar 2022 with goalkeeper Redmayne. Photo: AFP

At times, it reached a prolonged tenure but without depth. That trend became more regular after halftime. Peru was more incisive, especially on the sides. Centers began to drop in Ryan’s area. The ball was no longer on yellow feet and the domain decidedly became Peruvian.

However, the nerves increased with the passing of the minutes and the unforced errors threatened the possibility of thinking and devising the best path to the goal. That brought Australia back to comfortable terrain, which bet on a long process to take advantage of the physical and took everything to extra time.

But in extra time, Peru took a plus and generated more than it did in the 90 minutes. A shot from Cueva after overflow and center behind Edison Flores. A header on the post by Flores himself. And a shot from a distance from Advíncula. Peru could not put it in and the penalties resolved the World Cup place.

Before that, the Australian coach changed the goalkeeper and put in Andrew Redmayne, who ended up keeping the Peruvian dream in his hands by saving Alex Valera’s shot. The illusion of the South Americans was lit because Gallese had started by saving Boyle’s shot. Lapadula and Callens converted despite the puppets from Redmayne, but Advíncula crashed his shot into the post and the series was even.

Until the dance of the Australian goalkeeper took effect and he got the ticket to the World Cup in November. Ricardo Gareca’s dream of Peru this time could not be.

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