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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.
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.
Aside from the Redmayne heroics, I thought that last penalty from Mabil was very good. Didn't flinch with the mind games, delay, and the increasing pressure. #Socceroos
— Moss (@Melburnian) June 13, 2022
Lord Reags’ hero ...
Awer Mabil who scored the all-important goal that put Australia back on level terms with Peru in the penalty shoot-out. pic.twitter.com/zhV9ufUMm5
— Lord Reags of Oz 🇦🇺🇺🇦🇬🇧🇺🇸🇪🇺🇲🇨🇮🇳🇹🇱 (@lord_reags) June 13, 2022
Plenty of ticker from the #Socceroos in the clutch moments, Awer Mabil admirably kept his composure in the long delay before his spot kick and fired into the net, Mooy, JMac, Goodwin, Hrustic dispatched theirs and then Redmayne’s tour de force to make that save at 5-4 #AUSvPER
— Robert Smith (@OnyaDon) June 13, 2022
Awer Mabil you have my heart https://t.co/vNNadQMhcb
— Shabab Hossain (@ShababHossain13) June 13, 2022
Great sporting moment...loved the reaction of Awer Mabil https://t.co/rWsQRs6NZ3
— Graham Cornes (@Cornesy12) June 13, 2022
Absolutely stunning by the Socceroos! Awer Mabil! Get in son, what a huge moment.
— Alex Jacobs (@ALcobsy) June 13, 2022
Mabil’s penalty was huge 💪
— ️Stu D’Baker (@Stumac7777) June 13, 2022
Mabil's penalty was brilliant.
Their keeper tried some shithousing but he wasn't phased. #AUSvPER
— Bradstorch77 (@bradstorch77) June 13, 2022
— Steve Trevaskis (@PistoleroFilms) June 13, 2022
Hrustic. Maclaren. Mabil. Some massive penalties. The stones on Arnold. The grey Wiggle. Qatar 2022 awaits! #AUSvPER
— Adam Santarossa (@adamsantarossa) June 13, 2022
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.
— Peter (@PPDeluXe1) June 13, 2022
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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