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One of Peru's national stars has reportedly stepped down from the team after missing a crucial penalty that helped the Socceroos qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
The Socceroos prevailed on penalties 5-4 in a thrilling contest in Qatar, after reserve goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne saved the sixth and deciding penalty to win it for Australia.
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The elation of the Australian team was matched only by the devastation of Peru, who will have to wait four years for another tilt at football's biggest prize.
In the wake of the loss, multiple Peruvian sports outlets reported on a since deleted Instagram post in which Luis Advíncula said he would no longer play for Peru.
The 32-year-old took the third penalty, which clanged off the post.
Advíncula reportedly apologised to 'all of Peru' for the failed penalty kick.
"First I apologise to my family and friends for the pain I caused to all of Peru," he wrote.
"I am the only one responsible for this debacle and my life will not be enough to apologise.
"I got here today, I take a step to the side of the selection. I don't think I have the strength to get up from this. To my colleagues, thank you very much for everything and sorry for so little."
Luis Advíncula just announced his retirement from the Peruvian national team. Sad to see how his time ended with the Bicolor.
“I want to apologize to my friends and family for all the pain I have caused”
“I am the only one responsible for this debacle” pic.twitter.com/fVoyCnM6be
— Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) June 13, 2022
💔 Luis Advincula, you and the whole team will come back from this!! 💪🏽 🇵🇪
— Diego Montalvan (@DMontalvan) June 13, 2022
Pervian captain and opposing goalkeeper Pedro Gallese vowed to rally around his teammates in comments following the devastating loss.
He also apologised to Peruvian fans for the loss, saying the team would bounce back when the time came.
"(I am) proud of my teammates that we got up in the face of adversity," Gallese said.
"We knew it would be a tough game and it was. We are sorry. It is a great pain for us. Now, it remains to support (the players) who are having a hard time."
Socceroos earn World Cup qualification after Andrew Redmayne heroics
Redmayne danced his way into Australian sporting folklore as the unlikeliest of heroes in the Socceroos' World Cup triumph over Peru at Doha's Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
Thrust into the fray in the dying minutes of the sudden-death encounter, the bearded Sydney FC shot-stopper was the star of the penalty shootout that sent Australia to a fifth-straight World Cup finals.
The decision by coach Graham Arnold had been hatched a long time prior to their intercontinental play-offs, with even the team's skipper, Ryan, kept out of the loop.
Redmayne reprised the Wiggles-style dance moves that he displayed in the 2019 A-League grand final win over Perth by saving the decisive penalty from Alex Valera.
His flailing arms had forced an earlier strike from Luis Advincula to hit the post, bringing Australia back into contention after Martin Boyle opened the shootout with a miss.
Peru coach Ricardo Gareca wasn't interested in discussing the legality of Redmayne's unconventional keeping tactics, saying it was ultimately the referees' job to pull up any infringements.
"If it is within the regulations, I have nothing to say, that is handled by the referee," he said.
"The feelings in these moments of pain and frustration overwhelm us all. It is a great disappointment.
"It was a very tight game. We didn't want to go to a penalty shootout."
After Valera's miss, Redmayne pointed to his Socceroos teammates before standing still with his hands on his thighs and his mouth ajar in astonishment.
The moment has spawned an internet meme which has gone viral.
Redmayne claimed it wasn't his intention to do so, however, revealing that he acted on the advice of Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic.
"He said on the last two penalties: 'if you save this, then you win'. That's kind of how it hit home," Redmayne added.
"He said: 'don't go running off because we need to check on VAR if you've come off the line because you move around a lot so don't go running or celebrating'.
"I was trying to hear the fulltime whistle and I was trying to keep a lid on it."
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