Australia Football

Socceroos qualify for World Cup after bombshell shootout decision

In wild, euphoric scenes Australia bested Peru 5-4 in a nailbiting penalty shootout in Doha on Tuesday morning (AEST).

Coach Graham Arnold made a bombshell selection gamble in the final minute of extra time by taking captain Mat Ryan out of the game to put Andy Redmayne in goals — and it proved to be one of the greatest tactical decisions Australian football has ever known.

Hoping to book a spot in a fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup, the Socceroos dominated early, but failed to break the deadlock.