Andrew Redmayne poses with a huge smile after winning the penalty shoot out for the Socceroos in 2022

From disbelief to elation – how the internet reacted to Socceroos’ exploits

When Socceroos manager Graham Arnold beckoned for a sub, it became clear it would be its goalkeeper and captain, Mat Ryan. trot off to be replaced by Andrew Redmayneit started.

Nervous laughter at best, saliva-stained at worst, the online response to the most daring tech substitutions erupted.

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It adds to the context around this replacement. Arnold is under a lot of pressure during this qualifying campaign for a reason. Having rolled through the early stages undefeated, his team struggles to play fluidly against high-quality opposition.

Crunch defeats to Japan and Saudi Arabia had seemingly pushed him to the brink of unemployment.

Arnold has also been criticized for picking and fielding players deemed “his favorites,” likely to the detriment of the team’s overall tactical cohesiveness.

The fact that Redmayne was even selected in this Socceroos squad, after an unremarkable season with Sydney FC (Arnold’s former employer) was used as further evidence to support this argument.

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But while the timeline reacted viscerally to the substitution, it was actually Arnold who showed the most audacity.

And then the shooting started.

Martin Boyle missed Australia’s opening penalty, worst possible start, and the heart sank, the bile rose and the teeth bared and ready to grit.

Eliminating your goalkeeper for a penalty shootout is a risky move, but Socceroos manager Graham Arnold made it against Peru.Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Up ran Redmayne, whose signature penalty-saving style consists of dancing on the line, hoping to scare the taker; it worked for him and Sydney FC in the 2019 A-League Grand Final.

But it didn’t work here, at least not to start with, as Peru shot in the first two penalties.

The reaction to Redmayne’s introduction showed an anxious streak.

It would be disappointing enough to lose a penalty shootout on the world stage, but to do so while your replacement goalkeeper dances around like a long-lost Wiggle would add an excruciating layer of humiliation.

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But then Luis Advíncula stepped in to take his penalty and, after watching Redmayne’s last improvised turns, hit the post.

What had deterred him? Does Redmayne dance? It’s impossible to say for sure, but yes.

Australia was again on an equal footing in the shoot-out.

The next three Socceroos scored their shots with confidence, especially Adjin Hrustic, whose droll role oozes with a man’s self-assurance who had done so in the Europa League final a few weeks earlier with his club, Eintracht Frankfurt.

We were plunged into a situation of sudden death where, because Australia had gone first, any Peruvian miss would send us to Qatar – it was all set up for Redmayne to dance his way to national glory.

And so he danced and dove, and with an unyielding gauntlet he saved Alex Valera’s penalty.

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And with that, after resigning to the temptation of the bitter abyss, Sokkah’s head was gripped by meme-based ecstasy on Twitter, as Redmayne posed with a huge, cheap grin on his face, and his teammates sprinted toward him. to bully him.

Suddenly humble pies were placed on the windowsills of large houses of condemnation to cool.

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Redmayne’s face was plastered over the internet.

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And in Doha, Arnold had his hands on his head, his body billowing with sheer relief, and no doubt some satisfaction; his move had paid off.

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Of course, flipping a single penalty shootout won’t invalidate Arnold’s criticism, catapult Redmayne into the position of first-choice goalkeeper, or even improve Australia’s chances of doing well at the World Cup in Qatar.

But we’re here, we’re going, we’ve got a ticket to the big tournament.

Staggering on the interface between disaster and euphoria, this country is often football’s natural resting place.

And this morning, euphoria – and Andrew Redmayne – won it.

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