Boyle buries meaningful penalty against El Tri
When Martin Boyle stepped up to take a high-pressure spot kick against Mexico on Sunday, he did so eager to make amends.
In 2022, Boyle took the responsibility of taking the first penalty in Australia’s shootout against Peru for a place in the FIFA Qatar World Cup 2022.
He lashed the effort towards the left side of the goal, but Pedro Gallese batted it away as Australia got off to the worst possible start in the shootout.
The Subway Socceroos may have advanced that night, but Boyle has been waiting for the opportunity to take another penalty for Australia.
When Riley McGree was bundled over inside the area, Boyle’s chance arrived, and he made no mistake rifling it down the middle and watching the net bulge.
The return. The stare down. The redemption.
Martin Boyle's return to the international stage and blast from the spot is our @CUPRA Australia Electric Moment of the Match against Mexico. 🚗#MEXvAUS #Socceroos pic.twitter.com/cegNDRLB1m
— Subway Socceroos (@Socceroos) September 11, 2023
Boyle never doubted that it was his moment despite experienced Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa’s antics, he explained.
“I had got that burning feeling where I wanted to put things right,” he said.
“I never shy away from taking these things. I just walked over and took the ball. Redemption from Qatar I also had in my mind. I was eager to score on my return as well.
“I was fully determined, and I knew exactly what I was doing. I didn’t change my mind once, and I was confident enough.
“He [Ochoa] was complaining the ball was a bit off the spot, but that’s obviously in the guidelines - that’s what I like to do. We were just staring each other down, and the referee got involved. You’ve got to put these things at the back of your head and not get distracted.”
The bouncing stadium was the other distraction for Boyle. AT&T Stadium was electric as the Mexican fans made their voices heard, according to the flying winger, but he was impressed with how Australia coped.
Boyle said the recent tough run, including the hostile atmosphere in Dallas, has given Australia the confidence to take on any challenge.
“It was really loud, there was a lot of Mexican support here, which is fantastic,” Boyle said.
“It’s difficult to communicate, but these are the atmospheres that you want to play in. It gets the adrenaline going, and it’s fantastic.
“We went out to silence them, and we did that to go 2-0 up but obviously, it got loud near the end.”
“We can take great belief from it.
“We believe we can go out there and upset anyone.”