Australia QUALIFIES for the World Cup after beating Peru on penalties after a 0-0 draw

Australia’s dancing substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne saved the final penalty to earn a place at this year’s World Cup in Qatar as they beat Peru 5-4 in a shootout after a 0-0 draw after extra time in an intercontinental play-off on Monday. .

Redmayne danced across the goal line before diving to the right to save an Alex Valera penalty and hand Australia a deserved victory at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

Redmayne had been brought in with three minutes remaining for the shootout and became an instant hero with his antics on the line as he sought to distract rival kickers.

Australia booked their World Cup spot after beating Peru on penalties

Australian reserve goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne (left) was the hero of the shootout

Australian reserve goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne (left) was the hero of the shootout

Australia's heroes celebrate their dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Peru in the dressing room

Australia’s heroes celebrate their dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Peru in the dressing room

Redmayne saved Alex Valera's kick in sudden death to take Australia to the World Cup

Redmayne saved Alex Valera’s kick in sudden death to take Australia to the World Cup

Socceroos boss Graham Arnold reacts to qualifying for a fifth consecutive World Cup

Socceroos boss Graham Arnold reacts to qualifying for a fifth consecutive World Cup

He danced up and down, flailing his hips and throwing his arms in a throwback to the clownish antics of Liverpool’s Bruce Grobbelaar when they won the European Cup in 1984.

It was enough for Luis Advincula to launch his effort against the post and then for Valera to have his effort saved as Australia qualified for a fifth consecutive World Cup and sixth overall.

They will play in Group D of the World Cup with defending champions France, Denmark and Tunisia. The finals take place from November 21 to December 18.

Socceroos players celebrate wildly after beating Peru in the World Cup play-offs on Monday

Socceroos players celebrate wildly after beating Peru in the World Cup play-offs on Monday

Milos Degenek sprays water as Socceroos stars celebrate World Cup appearance in Qatar

Milos Degenek sprays water as Socceroos stars celebrate World Cup appearance in Qatar

Aussie players run to celebrate with Redmayne after saving sudden death kick

Aussie players run to celebrate with Redmayne after saving sudden death kick

Peruvian players look crestfallen after missing out on a World Cup spot this winter

Peruvian players look crestfallen after missing out on a World Cup spot this winter

Australian defender Bailey Wright celebrates on the pitch after a hard-fought encounter

Australian defender Bailey Wright celebrates on the pitch after a hard-fought encounter

“I’m not going to take credit for it,” Redmayne said.

“The boys ran there for 120 minutes. It’s teamwork. I am not a hero. I just played my part like everyone else did tonight.

“This idea came up during pre-screening that this (shootout) could happen under these kinds of circumstances.”

“At the end of the day, it’s a flip side. Either right or left.

“I’m so proud of the players,” added Socceroos boss Graham Arnold.

“Really no one knows what these boys went through to get here, it was so tough, the whole countryside. The way they held on, the way they committed, awesome.

Last week's Socceroos hero Ajdin Hrustic is challenged by Renato Tapia (R) in the first half

Last week’s Socceroos hero Ajdin Hrustic is challenged by Renato Tapia (R) in the first half

The Australians' Martin Boyle (R) was their most dangerous player in the first half of a close encounter

The Australians’ Martin Boyle (R) was their most dangerous player in the first half of a close encounter

Australian Martin Boyle had missed his first penalty but they converted the next five to silence the thousands of Peruvian fans who had traveled for the game and provided raucous support but saw their side create few chances.

Instead, a professional Australia dominated the early exchanges, with winger Boyle twice cutting through the Peruvian defense to provide teasing crosses.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with limited effort on goal until the 80th minute when Australia suddenly had three good chances to win the game.

Luis Advincula (L) showed blistering pace to edge past Mathew Leckie in the first half

Luis Advincula (L) showed blistering pace to edge past Mathew Leckie in the first half

Peruvian supporters outnumbered Australian supporters and created a lively atmosphere in Doha, Qatar

Peruvian supporters outnumbered Australian supporters and created a lively atmosphere in Doha, Qatar

Ajdin Hrustic’s tame free-kick was easily saved by Peru captain Pedro Gallese and five minutes later Aziz Behich made two tackles and suddenly found himself in front of goal but narrowly missed as he was trying to wrap his shot in the net.

Then a run down the left from Australian substitute Awer Mabil saw him slip the ball into Hrustic’s path but he didn’t have enough power on his shot and Gallese saved again.

Nine minutes after extra time, Australia’s Mathew Ryan was finally tested by a stinging shot from Edison Flores which the goalkeeper saved.

Flores then headed for the post as the South Americans found some extra gear in the closing stages, but they were still unable to settle the result after two hours, setting the stage for Redmayne to become a hero.

Socceroos captain and No.1 goalkeeper Mathew Ryan was replaced in extra time by Redmayne

Socceroos captain and No.1 goalkeeper Mathew Ryan was replaced in extra time by Redmayne

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said: “We had hopes of doing it, we were close but unfortunately it wasn’t.

“We are flooded with pain. We gave the maximum. They’ve emptied their tanks and we feel cheated we’re out of the World Cup. We wanted to avoid penalties.

The one-game play-off between fifth-placed Asian and South American qualifiers determined 31st place at this year’s World Cup.

On Tuesday, the last place in the final will be decided when Costa Rica and New Zealand face off in their intercontinental play-off, also at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

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