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Socceroos players judged as Australia qualifies for fifth World Cup in a row after beating Peru

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Who played for the Socceroos? Any player rated Australia qualifies for the fifth consecutive World Cup

  • Australia is heading for their fifth World Cup in a row after beating Peru
  • After 120 minutes of scoreless stalemate, a blood-curdling penalty shoot-out was needed
  • Hero was Australia’s goalkeeper who was substituted at the last minute for the penalty kicks

It took a blood-curdling penalty shoot-out after a 120-minute stalemate, but Australia have made it to their fifth World Cup in a row after an epic qualifying campaign.

Here’s how the Socceroos scored in the 0-0 clincher against Peru, which Australia won 5-4 on penalties.

MATY RYAN – 7

Barely tested all night, but on the few occasions when Peru fired a shot on target, he was in safe hands. Substituted for penalties in a shock but ultimately successful move by coach Graham Arnold.

Kye Rowles had an absolutely striking shift in just his third Socceroos game

KYE ROWLES – 9

An absolute star in the backline for Australia, just days after he made his Socceroos debut signing for Hearts in Scotland. Great future ahead.

AZIZ BEHICH – 6

Solid shift on the wing without ever really starring, in a back row too happy to just pass under each other.

BAILEY WRIGHT – 6

Peru failed to score, which was largely due to their lack of oversight than Australia’s defensive effort, but Wright played his part by making life difficult for the South Americans.

NATHANIEL ATKINSON – 6

The full defenders didn’t get the penetration needed to make an impact, but the power at the back largely prevented Peru from creating chances until late in extra time.

AARON MOOY – 8

Solid in the center for the Socceroos and stayed the full 120 minutes against all odds despite looking dead after an hour.

MATHEW LECKIE – 6

Jackson Irvine - unpredictable and dangerous

Jackson Irvine – unpredictable and dangerous

The Socceroos were generally ineffective up front, rarely creating chances and squandering the few chances they did – and things didn’t improve when Leckie was moved from the flank to the striker’s role in the second half.

JACKSON IRVINE – 8

No one really knows Irvine’s best role – and that’s how we love it. He is unpredictable and can pop up literally anywhere on the pitch – in attack, defense or midfield… and equally dangerous on all of them.

AJDIN HRUSTIC – 7

Although he was part of the ineffective Australian offense, Hrustic still posed a threat in dead ball situations. His chance in the second half increased the pulses, but was not good enough.

Martin Boyle was a standout in the first half before fading into the background in the second

Martin Boyle was a standout in the first half before fading into the background in the second

MARTIN BOYLE – 8

The rating reflects his first half more than anything – he was the biggest threat to Australia in the first half, but largely disappeared from the game after the restart.

MITCH DUKE – 6

He was the focus of coach Graham Arnold’s message “Aussie DNA,” which was short for getting in the face of Peru, but he was more DNF – Did Not Finish. His lack of goals in green and gold should have consequences for him soon.

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Coach Graham Arnold made the huge call to replace his goalkeeper and captain before the penalties were taken - and it paid off

Coach Graham Arnold made the huge call to replace his goalkeeper and captain before the penalties were taken – and it paid off

FRAN KARACIC – 6

Was a similar replacement at fullback and didn’t bring anything new to the game.

CRAIG GOODWIN – 7

He didn’t get the minutes he might have deserved, but he was strong despite playing out of position and took his penalty decisively.

JAMIE MACLAREN – 6

The pressure was high and he couldn’t find that winning goal, but performed as expected with his spot.

AWER MABIL – 8

It was a cameo from the couch, but the Socceroos were immediately lifted by his arrival and immediately looked dangerous and menacing, even if it was without reward.

ANDREW REDMAYNE – 10

The hero of Australia! Fans were stunned by his last-minute arrival in the game to replace captain Maty Ryan for the penalty shootout and his Wiggles-esque training on the goal line looked set to make him an international laughingstock. Instead, he became a cult hero to millions with his antics that proved enough to deter Peru, pull off a great rescue — and send Australia to Qatar.

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