Andrew Redmayne reveals throwing away Peruvian goalkeeper’s water bottle took a huge toll on him


Hero Socceroos goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne reveals the toll throwing away Peruvian goalkeeper’s water bottle took on him: ‘It goes against every moral fibre in my body’

He’s been hailed a hero for pulling off the save that got the Socceroos into the World Cup, but Andrew Redmayne has confessed he had a moral dilemma during the penalty shootout against Peru on Tuesday morning.

The goalkeeper threw his Peruvian counterpart’s water bottle – which had instructions on how to deal with the Australians’ penalties attached to it – behind the goal in a crafty tactical move.

Redmayne said the strategy had been planned weeks in advance, and that the Socceroos also planned to attach a cheat sheet to their water bottle in the event of a shootout.

Footage of the shootout released on Wednesday clearly showed Redmayne throwing away his counterpart’s water bottle, which had a cheat sheet attached to it

The Socceroos hero couldn't wipe the smile off his face after making the crucial save, but he went through a moral dilemma just moments before

The Socceroos hero couldn’t wipe the smile off his face after making the crucial save, but he went through a moral dilemma just moments before

‘If they had a water bottle that was beside the goal or in my little area, it would be picked up and tossed into the crowd. It’s a do-or-die moment, it’s us against them,’ Redmayne explained on SEN on Friday.

‘I’ve said to a few people it goes against every moral fibre in my body to be that kind of person and that kind of antagonist.

‘But I know how much it means to our squad and the game as a whole in Australia.’

The Sydney FC keeper was under no illusions about what the Peru side would do to win through to Qatar, however, and he took steps to stymie them.

‘The South Americans are very football savvy, they’re very street smart, they’ll be the first ones to undercut you if they can,’ he explained.

Redmayne is greeted by his wife Caitlin and daughter Poppy as he arrived back in Australia

Redmayne is greeted by his wife Caitlin and daughter Poppy as he arrived back in Australia

‘In my little pile of things I had a little tub of Vaseline, a towel and a drink bottle. It wasn’t right next to the goal like the Peruvian keeper had, it was away on the sidelines.

‘My little pile and collection was long thrown away before that.’ 

The wide angle used on the broadcast of the match didn’t let viewers see what the 33-year-old threw away, but footage released by Movistar on Wednesday made clear that Redmayne did indeed throw rival keeper Pedro Gallese’s water bottle from his grasp.

Ajdin Hrustic, Jamie Maclaren and Awer Mabil all easily dispatched their spot kicks past Gallese during the shootout before Redmayne dived low and to his right to get a hand to Alex Valera’s effort, propelling the Socceroos into the world’s biggest sporting event.

The 33-year-old was swamped by his Socceroos teammates after sending them through to the World Cup with a save Australia will never forget

The 33-year-old was swamped by his Socceroos teammates after sending them through to the World Cup with a save Australia will never forget

On Wednesday, Redmayne revealed the intense preparation he put in before coach Graham Arnold gave him the shock call-up to take the penalty shootout.

‘We watch video footage religiously of where they [penalty shots] go, historically,’ he told the Today show.

‘I’ve watched any of the penalties that any Peruvian player has ever taken on. 

‘We had a meeting on game day and set in stone that I was going to my right and he [Valera] has taken three penalties in his career. One’s gone down the middle and he’s scored twice.’ 



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