Australia qualified for the World Cup after beating Peru 5-4 on penalties following a goalless Intercontinental Play-off in Doha.
Socceroos manager Graham Arnold made the courageous decision to replace goalkeeper and captain Matthew Ryan with Andrew Redmayne ahead of the game, but it was discovered that the 33-year-old – who danced in his line to get pack kicks – saved points. a penny from Alex Valera.
Peru, 22nd in the FIFA rankings, came in as a favorite but started off slowly as Australia quickly ran, especially Martin Boyle who did well to beat Peru’s two right-backs in the 23rd minute before his inviting cross avoids everyone.
Ricardo Gareca’s side improved in the second half, but the first shot went straight into the 81st minute with a free-kick by Ajdin Hrustic that did not bother Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, who denied Hrustic two minutes before the end of the game with a stunning shot down. . to his left at the lower cross of Awer Mabil.
La Blanquirroja came very close to winning it in extra time as substitute Edison Flores got up and won with a header from a long post, but hit something high, so it was on penalties.
Both teams lost equally in the first half to score five goals before Mabil scored and the Redmayne dancer saved Valera to win Australia, who will enter the Group D World Cup when they return to Qatar in November to face France, Denmark. and Tunisia.