Down Under’s fidget hero sends Australia to ecstasy
What a story! Replaced in the 120th minute of the World Cup playoffs with only one mission: save the penalty. And what is that chicken Andrew Redmayne doing? He causes two Peruvian omissions and secures a World Cup ticket for Australia.
Australia’s new football hero makes a video call to mom and dad. Not long after the rest of the cheering crew, Andrew Redmayne, 33, and a six-foot-tall man with a prominent beard, emerged from the dressing room. Redmayne is a substitute goalkeeper for Australia – and from Monday evening to shortly before midnight in Qatar and thus at breakfast time in his country he is perhaps the most famous penalty kick jappler in his country.
No, he can’t believe it yet, Redmayne said. “It’s so real.” In the 120th minute, Sydney FC’s goalkeeper came in for captain Matthew Ryan, who played for Australia almost 70 times. Australian newspaper The Age commented, “It has paid off in the best way that could be imagined.”
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This was his second appearance for Socceros in a competitive game, he was allowed to play against Nepal in June 2021. The brief stint was enough to make Redmayne famous. Even though he doesn’t want to know anything about it: “I wouldn’t call myself a hero. I only played a small part in it.”
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But his contribution will not be forgotten in a hurry. On top of all that, Redmayne threw the Peruvian shooters in a 5-4 penalty shoot-out at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in World Cup host nation Qatar. He ran down the goal line, swinging his arms like a jumping jack, even spinning. It felt a little strange. “It confuses the player. You lose concentration,” said Ajdin Hristik of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Redmayne incited two missed shots. One position went up, he himself deferred the decisive last attempt. “He wrote a special story for himself and for us,” said selection aide Jackson Irwin, who was puzzled by coach Graham Arnold’s personal feuds. “Football is sometimes psychology too,” insisted the professional from Bundesliga second division club FC St. Pauli.
“I already told him you were going to be the big guy, we need you,” said Hurstick, who found himself experiencing the next emotional outburst after winning the Europa League with Eintracht. “Many did not believe us. But Dalits fight, fight, fight. till the last second. That’s exactly what we did,” he said. “I have now achieved what I dreamed of as a kid, but I want more. Coming to the World Cup is great, but now we want to take the next step and show how much we really are.” are good.”
Australia in their sixth FIFA World Cup is in Group D with France, Denmark and Tunisia and fifth in a row. His best performance at the World Cup was reaching the Round of 16 in Germany in 2006. Now they want more. If only to give new penalty hero Redmayne a chance to fizzle out in the knockout stages. (dpa/sway)
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It’s 3:20 in the morning and I still can’t sleep! pic.twitter.com/FbCam38Vbj
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