Socceroos Central: Ryan helps Brighton to big win

by Ben Somerford on Mar 05, 2018

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Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan played his part as Brighton & Hove Albion stunned Arsenal 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday, while Brad Jones produced a costly mistake in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Ryan earned a 7/10 rating from The Mirror for his display where he was called upon to make several saves to ensure it remained 2-1.

“Solid goalkeeping performance, good diving saves, particularly from Ozil,” The Mirror wrote.

Ryan was almost caught out from a corner when he flapped at the ball, leading to Laurent Koscielny hitting the post late in the first half.

The Australian made a good diving save from Mesut Ozil’s long-range effort and also was well positioned to deny Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

Meanwhile in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday, Brad Jones’ brain fade proved costly as Feyenoord lost 2-1 at NAC Breda.

Jones gave away the decisive spotkick in the 48th minute after an off-the-ball push on Umar Sadiq.

The pair tangled inside the box, before Jones pushed Sadiq, who went to ground earning his side a penalty which the Australian couldn’t save.

The incident occurs in the below video at 2:43

Elsewhere in the Eredivisie on Sunday, Kenny Dougall started but was replaced at the break as relegation-threatened Sparta Rotterdam claimed a much-needed 2-1 win over ADO Den Haag.

Craig Goodwin was an unused sub for Sparta.

Ajdin Hrustic put in a full shift as Groningen secured a 1-1 draw away to Twente.

In the Cypriot First Division on Saturday, Apostolos Giannou scored his maiden goal for new club AEK Larnaca in a 2-2 draw with Anorthosis.

Tommy Oar was an 84th minute substitute as APOEL won 2-0 at Omonia Nicosia to move into top spot on the Cypriot table on Sunday.

In England’s Championship on Saturday, Tim Cahill got some game-time as an 88th minute substitute in Millwall’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

James Meredith put in a full shift for the Lions.

In Belgium’s First Division A on Saturday, Danny Vukovic shook off a hamstring injury to keep a clean sheet as Genk triumphed 1-0 at Waasland Beveren.

In Scotland’s FA Cup on Saturday, Tom Rogic got an assist and played 68 minutes as Celtic defeated Greenock Morton.

In Germany’s Bundesliga on Saturday, Mathew Leckie was back in the Hertha Berlin starting line-up again, setting up an early chance as he put in a full shift in a 1-0 loss to Schalke.

In Germany’s 2.Bundesliga on Friday, Brandon Borello scored an unbelievable goal and got an assist as Kaiserslautern won 4-3 over Union Berlin. Borello played 85 minutes in the win.

In Korea’s K-League on Saturday, Connor Chapman, Kwabena Appiah and Dylan McGowan all debuted for their new clubs.

Chapman put in a full shift as Pohang Steelers knocked off Daegu 3-0.

Appiah started and played 56 minutes for Incheon United as they lost 2-1 to Gangwon, who had Dylan McGowan come off the bench on 72 minutes.

Full games

Aziz Behich, Mustafa Amini, Aleksandar Susnjar, Callum Elder, Cameron Burgess, Adrian Leijer, Mitch Langerak, Milos Degenek, Mark Milligan
Awer Mabil – SB 61, Tomi Juric – ST 88, Jimmy Jeggo – SB 83, James Holland – ST 46, Golgol Mebrahtu – ST 60, Andy Rose – SB 90, Kwame Yeboah – SB 65, Mitch Duke – SB 70
Unused subs
David Williams, Ben Halloran
Notable absentees
Aaron Mooy, Adam Federici, Brad Smith, Bailey Wright, Alex Gersbach