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Australia has secured the penultimate ticket for the World Cup in Qatar (November 21 to December 18). In the play-off game in Doha/Qatar, the Down Under squad beat Peru 5-4 on penalties.
Because Australia’s crazy keeper trick works!
Coach Graham Arnold (58) changes his goalkeeper in the 120th minute. Andrew Redmayne replaces Mathew Ryan.
And he tries all the tricks. Jumping around on the line. Waves arms, stands on one leg, turns back to archer. Waits a looooong time for him to go on the line before executing.
And has success with the mind games!
First Advíncula shoots at the post! Then Redmayne holds Valera’s crucial penalty.
AUSTRALIA CLIMPING ITS WAY TO THE WORLD CUP!
The first half is yawningly boring. Luckily there are 10,000 Peruvian fans! They sing and drum non-stop. That the stadium is half empty – for free! Hardly anyone notices that at this volume.
Most Peruvians flew the almost 15,000 kilometers from Lima to Doha just for the kick. The players even brought their families with them.
Australia is only supported by around 500 followers.
The “Socceroos” (nickname of the Australian national team) come with Frankfurt’s Euro hero Ajdin Hrustic (25) and St. Pauli’s midfielder Jackson Irvine (29). Peru defends with ex-Frankfurter Carlos Zambrano (32/now Boca Juniors).
After the break, the game gets a little better, there are even something like goal approaches: Cueva hits the side netting for Peru from an acute angle (68th). After that, hardly anything happens for a long time.
The Peru fans don’t care. They just keep partying. On the eve of the game, they had really fired up their team at the team hotel in Doha.
Shortly before the extension, however, they have to tremble. Because Australia can also be dangerous: First, after a great solo, Behich puts the ball just wide of the goal from 20 meters (85′). Then Hrustic fails freely from 14 meters to Peru’s goalkeeper Gallese (88th).
In extra time, Peru’s Flores then heads against the post (108′). But there are no goals in extra time either. The World Cup decision falls on penalties.
And that’s what the “socceroos” win – thanks to the crazy goalkeeper trick.
Australia meets the defending champions on November 22nd. In addition to France, Denmark and Tunisia were also drawn into Group D.
On Tuesday, the 32nd (and last) place in the World Championship will be awarded. New Zealand and Costa Rica are also playing – also at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium – for a place in Group E against Germany on December 1st. In addition, Japan and Spain are the opponents in our group.
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