Australia-Peru: 0-0 ap, 5-4 pens
Australia will see Qatar. Fallers of Peru on penalties in the play-offs this Monday (0-0 ap, 5-4 pens), at the Ahmad ben Ali stadium in Al-Rayyan, near Doha, the Australians are qualified for the 2022 World Cup. They join Group D of the World Cup, with France, Denmark and Tunisia. The “Socceroos”, 42nd nation in the world, will play their sixth final phase of the World Cup, they who dismissed the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in the pre-dam match of the Asia zone in Qatar last week.
Not really much to eat in the game Australia locked, Peru lacked efficiency. Only three shots on target in 120 minutes of play… That says a lot about this intercontinental barrage. But no matter, a ticket to the World Cup was game, and that was ultimately the most important thing. Australia initially tried to thwart Peru by imposing a false rhythm and physical impact from the start. Martin Boyle, twirling on his right side, was in charge of the animation offensive, palliating the ghostly presence of Duke at the forefront of the attack. But it only worked about twenty minutes before Peru regained possession of the ball. A few timid offensives from the South Americans concluded a poor first period, as if the stakes were far too high to take the slightest risk. Move on, there’s not much to see.
Peru will have largely dominated this second period (52% possession) but will never have been able to use their talent to worry the Australians who did not ask for so much. A few attempts from Cueva and Carrillo in the first twenty minutes then… nothing. Australia even began to hope with its best element: Ajdin Hrustic. The Frankfurt player even had the match point at the end of his foot in the 88e minute, with a cross shot from the left in first intention at the entrance to the surface. Not enough, extension.
Andrew Redmayne sends Australia to Qatar
Only one thing to remember in these 30 extra minutes of play. At the 108e, Flores, who came into play on the Peruvian side, received a magnificent cross from the left and headed in six meters. Pole! Australia had for the first time in the match seen its World Cup dreams vanish for a few fractions of a second. Nothing more followed this clear opportunity, place in penalties. So, a masterstroke from Graham Arnold (Australia coach) who brought in his goalkeeper No. 2: Andrew Redmayne. The Sydney FC goalkeeper was to become the hero of an entire people. By gesticulating like a clown trying to attract the intention, Redmayne succeeded. Advincula aimed for the left post on the 3e penalty from Peru, thus bringing Australia back to equality (Boyle had missed his first kick), then Redmayne again plunged him on the right side at 5-4 and crucified Valera.
Australia will be the first opponent of the France team at the Qatari World Cup on Tuesday November 22, at 8 p.m. Note that there is still a ticket to be awarded for Qatar: it will be played on Tuesday between Costa Rica by Keylor Navas, the goalkeeper of Paris Saint-Germain, and New Zealand. The winner will be paid into the group E statement, with Spain, Germany and Japan.