Socceroos goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne was at home in Sydney one April afternoon, wrangling his one-year-old daughter Poppy after daycare.
His mobile rang. It was the Australian national team goalkeeping coach, John Crawley.
The pair’s conversation was entirely routine, until the end.
“Alright mate, I’ll see you soon,” Redmayne said, ready to pull the phone away from his ear.
Crawley replied: “Get ready to save a penalty to send us to the World Cup.
“Catch you later,” the coach added, before ending the call.
The Socceroos had not secured direct qualification for this year’s showpiece tournament and needed to win two sudden-death play-offs in June.
In both matches, if scores were tied after 120 minutes of regular play and extra time, a penalty shootout would decide which team…