Australia vs Peru, World Cup qualifier, Graham Arnold, Football 2022, Andrew Redmayne save, penalty shootout

Australia vs Peru, World Cup qualifier, Graham Arnold, Football 2022, Andrew Redmayne save, penalty shootout

Australian coach Graham Arnold was speechless in an emotional post match interview after leading the Socceroos to a fifth straight World Cup via a nailbiting penalty shootout win over Peru.

Arnold’s side may have done it the hard way sealing their World Cup berth in the play-off win at the last hurdle, emulating John Aloisi’s penalty against Uruguay in 2005, but they achieved their main aim in the end.

This time it was reserve keeper Andrew Redmayne who was the hero, with Arnold’s substitution of Mathew Ryan deep in extra time proving a masterstroke.

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Graham Arnold was speechless post match.Source: FOX SPORTS

Arnold was close to tears as he began his post match interview and struggled to speak as he processed the enormity of what his team had just achieved.

“I’m just… so proud of the players, you know?” Arnold finally said.

“Really no one knows what those boys have been through to get to here.

“It was so hard you know, the whole campaign, and the way they’ve stuck at it and committed themselves to it, incredible.”

Arnold revealed the huge decision to replace Ryan with Redmayne was down to his ability as a shot stopper combined with the mind games it would play with Peru’s penalty takers.

“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,” Arnold said.

Arnold risked being sacked in March, and has faced dogged criticism throughout Australia’s World Cup qualifying campaign, but he revealed it never distracted him from his main goal.

“The doubters don’t bother me, it is these boys I care for, the game I care for,” Arnold said. “I do it for my family and I want to dedicate this one to my brother, Colin.

“When my parents died when I was young, I didn’t have anyone really to support me. My older brother has been that my whole life, and he is No 1.

“I also need to thank my wife or she will be angry with me. We did it!”

Arnold called for Australia’s new prime minister Anthony Albanese to give the country a day off following the Socceroos’ heroics on Tuesday morning local time.

“I called home for Altan — Anthony Albanese to give everyone a day off, they have been through so much, 20 World Cup qualifiers, 16 away from home, it has been tough but we did it,” Arnold said.

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