A reporter’s viral reaction to the Socceroos qualifying for the FIFA World Cup epitomises every Aussie football fan's feelings this morning.
The Socceroos have beaten Peru to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne emerging as the hero.
Football fans were left on the edge of their seat as the game finished 0-0 after 120 minutes of football, and entered into a penalty shootout.
There was a feeling of Deja Vu from the iconic 2005 qualifying game against Uruguay, this time with Andrew Redmayne stepping into John Aloisi’s role of Australian legend.
Just hand Tony the Logie already, ok! 🤣🤣👏👏 pic.twitter.com/OIcAlSswXV— Michael Rowland (@mjrowland68) June 13, 2022
As Redmayne dramatically saved Alex Valera’s deciding penalty, following some rather distracting dance moves, the entire nation breathed a collective sigh of relief before the sheer feeling of ecstasy kicked in.
One man that summed up that feeling best was ABC reporter Tony Armstrong.
The broadcaster crossed to Armstrong who was reporting live from Melbourne’s Federation Square – and the scenes were wild, to say the least.
Tony pioneers the hectic celebrations, screaming, ‘We’re through!’, as there is pure jubilation from all the supporters around him.
Aussies dance around, akin to their hero Redmayne, as others scream into the microphone and kiss the camera lens.
Doesn’t get any better than that.
Lost in the commotion is Tony’s scarf as he hilariously chases it down yelling, ‘That’s my mum’s!’
We hope he managed to get that scarf back.
The scenes earned some real love online, as Aussie fans rejoiced in the celebrations.
ABC presenter Michael Rowland tweeted: “Just hand Tony the Logie already, ok!”
One Twitter user said: “This is exactly why @Tonaaayy_ should be out in the field reporting more often.”
Another commented: “@Tonaaayy_ was born for these moments! The bloke kissing the camera was priceless.”
The Socceroo’s qualification into the World Cup wasn’t only revelled in by Aussie football fans, with the penalty shootout going viral everywhere - mostly thanks to Redmayne’s fantastic dance moves and reaction.
His goal-line antics saw him dance across the line and wag his arms about in a hilarious bid to confuse his opponents - and evidently, it worked.
One fan said: "Andrew Redmayne has just become a football cult hero," while another wrote: "Australia got to a World Cup because of this!"
Australian football fans would be more than familiar with Redmayne’s antics, with the shot stopper's ‘Wiggles’ routine on display while playing for Sydney FC in the A-League.
The league’s Twitter account tweeted: “We’ve seen this before!
“Andrew Redmayne. Cometh the hour.”
Featured Image Credit: ABC News.
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