Mind games backfire in 'ice cold' Socceroos moment: ''S**thousery':

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Awer Mabil (pictured) celebrating Australia's victory to reach the football World Cup.
Awer Mabil (pictured) held his nerves in the penalty shootout to hit the final penalty for Australia and help send the Socceroos to the World Cup. (Getty Images)

Australian football fans have praised the nerves of steel from exciting forward Awer Mabil after coming on to score a vital penalty, despite Peru keeper's delaying tactics.

In the most dramatic World Cup qualification campaign, and after 1,008 days, Australia secured their spot in football's showpiece event after a penalty shootout win against Peru in Doha, Qatar.

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The match was tense with both sides coming very close to scoring in normal and extra-time.

However, Graham Arnold's decision to introduce Mabil gave Australia an added spark when things started to look dire.

And the coach's call also paid off after an ice cool penalty from the 26-year-old in one of sports most high pressured situations.

Mabil stepped up at 4-4 in the penalty shoot out in an attempt to put the Socceroos in the lead.

And Peru's goalkeeper Pedro Gallese decided to play with Mabil's mind and take his time to get to his mark.

The referee approached Gallese, before he finished his extended routine and lined-up in front of Mabil.

However - the Kenyan born star to South Sudanese parents - wasn't phased and slotted the penalty that would ultimately seal the win for Australia.

Football fans were quick to praise Mabil for his calmness in the pressure cooker situation.

Andrew Redmayne's antics divide football world

Mabil wasn't the only talking point in the epic penalty shoot out.

Aussie substitute keeper Andrew Redmayne became a national hero after saving the final penalty to send Australia through to the World Cup.

However, Redmayne's mind games were on another level to his Peru counterpart.

In one of the most animated tactics seen in a penalty shootout, Redmayne bounced from post to post as the Peru spot kick takers lined-up for their shot.

Goalkeepers using mind games ahead of a penalty isn't unusual, but the dramatic way Redmayne was bouncing around with his legs and arms in the air drew both criticism and praise from football fans.

Some argued the tactics made the goalkeeper look silly, which resembled 'dancing'.

While others argued if penalty takers are allowed to stutter and change their run-up, keepers should be afforded the same leniency.

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