Socceroos hero's antics divide football world: 'Dancing goalie'
Socceroos goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne etched his name into Australian football folklore with his penalty shootout heroics against Peru, but many fans around the world were divided over his antics.
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 game was locked at 0-0 heading to penalties when coach Graham Arnold made the brave call to sub on substitute keeper Andrew Redmayne for captain Mat Ryan.
And in scenes reminiscent of Australia and Uruguay, the Sydney FC keeper became a national hero as he saved two penalties to book a ticket to the World Cup.
However, while Australia spiralled into raptures after Redmayne's brilliance, the rest of the world was divided over the keeper's antics.
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.
We were all thinking it. Andrew Redmayne. #AUSvPER #Australia #AustraliaVsPeru #goalkeeper pic.twitter.com/er09p73gBy
— 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.
Many just enjoyed a laugh at Redmayne's tactics in the high-pressure situation, which saw him labelled as the 'grey wiggle'.
Everything I needed to learn about spot kicks, I learned from the #Wiggles. #Redmayne #WorldCup2022 https://t.co/r4hCfKVQpc
— Michael Becker (@superbecker) June 13, 2022
The dancing goalkeeper sends Australia to the World Cup pic.twitter.com/kguSd4mdYL
— Sean (@sean66915299) June 13, 2022
Nah I’m dead the Australian Goalkeeper is hilarious 😭😭😭
— 𝙄𝙣𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮 🇫🇷🏴🇧🇮🇷🇼 (@SRFC_Infinity35) June 13, 2022
This Australia goalkeeper is as if someone has sat on the controller and is accidentally pressing all the buttons at the same time. What is he doing? 😂
— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) June 13, 2022
My take on the dancing goalkeeper thing is that if PK takers are allowed to shimmy and stutter step eight times before striking the ball, keepers should be able to do whatever the hell they want. #WCQ #Australia #Peru #AUSvPER #Qatar #Redmayne
— Jeff McGuire (@JeffMcGuire3) June 13, 2022
That is incredible from the Australia goalkeeper. National hero! 😂👏
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) June 13, 2022
Australia bring on their sub keeper, who has only played for them twice, in the last minute of extra time for the penalty shoot out, for a place in the World Cup.
He treats every one like this, and for that alone, they deserve their place. Some guy 😂 pic.twitter.com/a0x6LggDyi
— Natasha Meikle (@natashameikle) June 13, 2022
actually it's cool that Australia brought in a goalkeeper to do Tik Tok dances and you guys are just boomers
— Kim McCauley (@lgbtqfc) June 13, 2022
I was rooting for Australia until he started jumping around.
— Nathan_rctid (@NRctid) June 13, 2022
@Socceroos subbing on Redmayne to look like a clown in goals is why we don’t deserve to be at the world cup
— Rhys West (@RhysWest10) June 13, 2022
What is this @Socceroos goalie doing?????
— Sir Michael Hfuhruhurr MP, OBJ, BFC, FYI, Sand.edu (@BanjoHfuhruhur) June 13, 2022
What is our sub GK doing? Is this a circus
— EJ (@XJXJAU) June 13, 2022
This dancing around by the keeper is absurd.
— Christopher Bradley (@chrisdebrad) June 13, 2022
What is the jumping around like a jelly fish achieving? #Socceroos #FIFA22
— Marieke Johnson (@batballandboots) June 13, 2022
Just not sure this dance routine is that effective. #Socceroos
— Bruce Ashford (@drbruceashford) June 13, 2022
Regardless, it was Redmayne who had the last dance having been subbed on for just his third appearance in the green and gold to send Australia to the World Cup.
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Following the match, coach Arnold explained the reason for the bold move to send Redmayne on with just one minute to go.
“I’m just... So proud of the players, you know? No one knows what those boys have been through to get to hear," coach Graham Arnold told Channel 10 after the game.
"It was so hard, the whole campaign, and the way they’ve stuck at it and committed themselves to it, incredible.
“Andrew Redmayne is a very good penalty saver, and to try to get him on the mental aspect while we were making that change, to add that bit of uncertainty in their brains, that was, yeah, that is the reason.”
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