Andrew Redmayne penalty shootout save, late substitution, who else has done it, Tim Krul 2014 World Cup, Kepa Arrizabalaga refuses to come off, penalty miss, Chelsea, Zeljko Kalac, 2005 penalty shootout
Graham Arnold wasn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last manager to substitute goalkeepers deep into extra time with a penalty shootout looming.
The Socceroos boss utilised the tactic to great effect on Tuesday morning, subbing Sydney FC gloveman Andrew Redmayne on for Mat Ryan.
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It was a decision that puzzled many at the time, but as fate would have it, Arnold’s call proved to be a masterstroke as Redmayne produced a save in the shootout to send Australia through to its fifth-straight World Cup.
Fortunately, we can sit back and say that it was a masterstroke of a decision.
However, gambles of a similar ilk don’t always come off.
But before we look at the worst examples of the late goalkeeper switch, it’s important to look at the modern example which perhaps birthed the phenomenon.
At the 2014 World Cup, Costa Rica took on the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.
With minutes remaining in extra time, Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal subbed off starting goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen for Tim Krul with the reasoning that the latter had a greater height and reach advantage.
Cillessen, like Ryan, did not know that he would be taken off late in the game and kicked a water bottle in frustration as he trudged off the field.
But Krul, who was with Premier League outfit Newcastle United at the time, stepped up and saved two penalties to book the Dutch a semi-final date with Argentina.
While Krul showed how it’s meant to be done, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga demonstrated a how-not-to guide.
First, there was his infamous incident during the 2019 Carabao Cup (now the EFL Cup) between the Blues and Manchester City.
As the match neared a penalty shootout, former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri told backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero he would be coming on for Kepa to face the City penalty takers.
Instead, Kepa refused to exit the field as Caballero stood awkwardly on the sideline and didn’t know what to do while Sarri fumed.
In the end, Kepa remained on the pitch but was powerless to stop City from winning the eventual shootout and was subsequently fined and dropped for Chelsea’s next match.
The Spaniard would be involved in yet another EFL Cup final shootout, this time against Liverpool.
However, the roles were reversed as he came on in the final minute of extra time for Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s gamble failed miserably in the end, as Kepa failed to save any of Liverpool’s 11 penalties before blazing his attempt into orbit as the Reds took home the spoils.
The swapping of goalkeepers was also set to be used in the second leg of Australia’s 2005 World Cup playoff match tie against Uruguay.
Mark Schwarzer had started the game in goals, but as a penalty shootout loomed, backup goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac was told to get ready and warm up by then-Socceroos boss Guus Hiddink.
However, Kalac’s dreams of being the man of the hour were dashed when Brett Emerton went down with cramp just before the end of extra time, as Hiddink was forced to bring Emerton off and sub on Josip Skoko.
Kalac was forced to watch the nailbiting shootout from the bench while Schwarzer asserted himself as a national hero by making two saves in the shootout as the Socceroos qualified for their first World Cup since 1974.