Awer Mabil scored the decisive penalty to send Australia to the World Cup at the expense of Peru.

Mabil has nobly declared that his decisive penalty which helped Australia secure a ticket to the World Cup was a “thank you” to the country for accepting his family.

The 26-year-old exhibited nerves of steel as he tucked away Australia’s sixth and decisive penalty to beat Peru for a World Cup ticket.

Following the triumph, Australia successfully secured a fifth straight World Cup appearance.

‘I knew I was going to score. It was the only way to say thank you to Australia on behalf of my family,’ Awer Mabil said in a post-match interview on Monday, June 13.

“I was born in a hut, a little hut. My hotel room here is definitely bigger than the hut, the room we had as a family in that refugee camp,” he said.

“For Australia to take us and resettle us, it gave me and my siblings and whole family a chance at life.”