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The Socceroos Are Going To The World Cup!

A qualification 1,008 days in the making, stretching back to September 5th, 2019, the Australian National Football (Soccer) team have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Socceroos played a total of 20 qualification games over the past three years- the most out of any qualified team for the World Cup, and this morning they booked their ticket to Qatar in November following a penalty shootout win against Peru.

The equation was simple for Graham Arnold’s men. Win and qualify for the World Cup. After 120 minutes of football, the game finished level before a dramatic 5-4 penalty shootout win sent the Aussie’s through.

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The hero was Sydney FC’s goalkeeper, Andrew Redmayne. Redmayne was substituted on in the final minutes of extra-time for his penalty saving ability- and boy did it pay off.

Redmayne’s uncharacteristic goalkeeping technique did just enough to throw off Peru’s Alex Valera, putting behind all of the doubters of Arnold’s decision to bring off Captain, Mathew Ryan in the dying stages.

Andrew Redmayne’s winning penalty save.

However, the decision was the right one as the Socceroos qualified for their fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup.

Redmayne, originally from Gosford, qualified alongside Gold Coast’s Nicholas D’Agostino, Gawler’s Riley McGree, Launceston’s Nathaniel Atkinson and both Kye Rowles and Joel King from Wollongong.

Australia’s first game in the World Cup will be against current Champions, France on November 22nd.