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Graham Arnold explained the change of goalkeeper for penalties: “I did something that could affect them mentally”

Graham Arnold explained the change of goalkeeper for penalties: “I did something that could affect them mentally”

Graham Arnold explained the change of goalkeeper for penalties: “I did something that could affect them mentally”

The Australian team consummated its qualification for the World Cup in Qatar after beating Peru 5-4 on penalties. One of the players who played a leading role was goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, who came on shortly after the end of extra time to replace Matthew Ryan, in a surprise move by Graham Arnold.

Maty Ryan is a fantastic goalkeeper, but Andrew Redmayne is very good at saving penalties. When it came to that stage of the game… I did something that could affect them mentally”, explained the strategist at a press conference, after the commitment.

“They were probably asking themselves the question when they saw Redmayne enter. ‘Why has he brought it?’ It must be pretty good. Maybe that’s why they hit the pole and then thought maybe they had to put it closer to the inside of the pole.”, added the technical director.

Arnold went on to detail the difficult decision he made: “It was to try to bring it to the line of the mental aspect for Peru, that’s why we were making that change to add a little bit of uncertainty in their brains. It was a risk, but it worked.sentenced.

Peru could not with Australia

The Peruvian team was left out of Qatar 2022 after losing (5-4) in a penalty shootout against Australia, after a goalless draw until extra time, in the intercontinental playoff match between Conmebol and the Asian Confederation played in Al Rayyan.

On penalties, Australia was more effective in securing their sixth-place finish by scoring five of the six charges they made.

“The feelings in these moments of pain and frustration overwhelm us all. It is a big disappointment”said the coach of Peru, the Argentine Ricardo Gareca, after the game.

With the victory, the ‘Socceroos’ will join Group D, which includes France, defending champions; Denmark and Tunisia.

Source: Elcomercio

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