Australia ace goes to extreme lengths to put off opponent in World Cup play-off

Andrew Redmayne's whacky goal-line dancing paid dividends for Australia, who qualified for the World Cup at Peru's expense after winning a tense penalty shootout.

Australia and Peru met in a World Cup play-off to decide who could claim one of the final spots in the showpiece tournament, which is due to kick off in Qatar in November. The two sides could not be separated after 90 minutes or extra-time, so the match, which ended 0-0 was decided by a penalty shootout.

Redmayne was introduced just before the spot-kicks at the expense of former Arsenal and Brighton star Mat Ryan – and it was a switch that paid dividends, with Redmayne saving Alex Valera's final kick to seal a 5-4 shootout win for the Aussies.

The result means that Australia have become the 31st team to qualify for the World Cup, which is due to get underway later this year.

Redmayne danced around wildly on his goal-line for each Peru kick in a bid to put his opponents off – and the 33-year-old finally got his reward when he kept out Valera's attempt.

Redmayne had only won two other caps for his country before his late introduction against Peru, but the Sydney FC stopper is now assured of a place in Australian football folklore.

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Graham Arnold's side spurned a number of chances to put the game to bed in normal time, including three golden opportunities inside the final 10 minutes of the match.

It was Peru who came closest to breaking the deadlock in extra-time, with Edison Flores denied only by the post with Ryan beaten. But with neither side able to find the net from open play, the stage was set for Redmayne to steal the show.

The Socceroos have now qualified for five consecutive World Cup's and will join France, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D.

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