World Cup in Qatar: Australia qualified, defeated Peru on penalties

The challenge was decided by 11 meters after 120 minutes without goals. Lapadula’s penalty is not enough for South America. Redmayne’s review at Valera was decisive

After 120 minutes without a clean sheet, Australia beat Peru led by Gianluca Lapadula on penalties and got the ticket to Qatar, to qualify for the World Cup for the fifth time in a row. Al Rayyan’s knockout challenge ends with a score of 5-4: the Benevento striker converts the first penalty kick for South America, but ultimately blocking Redmayne’s newly-entered in Valera’s closing is crucial. The national team led by Graham Arnold will be included in Group D of the tournament, where he will meet with France, Denmark and Tunisia.

the match

Australia counts on Duke in the center of the attack, and deploys loyal coaches in the midfield. Starting at 1′ Mooy, along with Hrustic and Irvine, the crucial scorers in the first match against the United Arab Emirates. Peru is betting everything on Lapadula (with 8 goals in 22 matches), who touched the advantage at 4′ with a header. The stakes are very high, and the difference does not risk and avoids the imbalance. In the first half, South America conceded a lot, but in the first half the score was 0-0. History repeats itself during the second half: Australia (which in the meantime enters Karadzic, the Brescia defender) pushes but is not dangerous. The exception was a shot from Hrustic in the 88th minute, which was rejected by the opposing goalkeeper. The best of Peru appears in the second extra half: in the 107th minute, Cueva roars from a good position, then Edison Flores’ shot hits the post. The hosts hold up, in the end they go to the penalty shootout. The unexpected protagonist is Australian Redmayne, inserted in the 120th minute in place of owner Ryan. Number 12 takes the stage, neutralizing Valera’s shot (the sixth for the Peruvians), with a save worth qualifying.

The other match

This leaves only one free “slot” available in the list of 32 teams that will participate in the next World Cup. It will be occupied by one between Costa Rica and New Zealand, the two opponents in the final play-off match scheduled for Tuesday evening at 20.

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