Aussies Abroad: Maty Ryan handed Real Sociedad debut

Maty Ryan made his first start for new club Real Sociedad in their 3-2 victory against Granada overnight. 

The Socceroos goalkeeper made a heralded return to La Liga during the offseason, after a memorable stint on loan with boyhood club Arsenal. 

However a knee injury suffered in pre-season halted his momentum, leading to recovery in time for the Socceroos' FIFA World Cup qualifiers earlier this month, and now his second debut in Spain. 

It wasn't the easiest of nights for the former Valencia shotstopper, who conceded off a corner inside eight minutes. 

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However La Real looked to have turned the tide with two second half goals in the space of ten minutes - that was until the hosts were awarded a penalty in the 70th minute.

Ryan so nearly kept Luis Milla's spot kick out, diving the right way and getting a hand to it, but the well-taken strike would nestle in the bottom corner. 

Fortunately, there would be one last twist to the tale as Aritz Elustondo converted in the 82nd minute, ensuring a winning start for the Aussie goalkeeper and three points that ensured Sociedad rise to third in La Liga, just three points shy of competition leaders Real Madrid. 

Over in Scotland, both Martin Boyle and Tom Rogic were in League Cup quarter-final action for their clubs. 

As is becoming more than a regular occurrence, Boyle scored for Hibernian as they overcame Dundee United. 

Yet again the Socceroos forward's goal arrived via a penalty, as he drove home a spot kick late in the first half to ensure his side raced out to a 3-0 lead at the interval. 

The match would finish 3-1, booking Hibs a date with Steven Gerrard's Rangers in the semi-final of the Cup. 

Over at Celtic Park, Tom Rogic started and played 70 minutes as Ange Postecoglou's side overcame second tier outfit Raith Rovers 3-0. 

The Socceroos midfielder grabbed an assist, laying off a relatively simple pass before David Turnbull curled home a stunner in the 47th minute.

The victory means the Hoops will take on St Johnstone in the Cup semi final. 

They are now 90 minutes a way from a final against Boyle's Hibs or Rangers in an Old Firm Derby with silverware on the line.

Either way, it shapes as a tasty prospect for Aussie fans.