Aussies Abroad: Ryan, Mooy clinch draw as Rogic, Behich learn Europa League fate

Mat Ryan repelled a late Crystal Palace surge in Brighton’s 1-1 draw, as Tom Rogic and Aziz Behich learned their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 opponents.

The Caltex Socceroos number one was beaten by Wilfried Zaha’s 76th-minute effort after denying Eagles substitute Christian Benteke on three occasions as the Seagulls secured a Premier League point.

Brighton edged a closely contested first-half, as Aaron Mooy curled a long-range effort narrowly wide in the fifth minute in one of few chances at Selhurst Park.

Zaha saw his cross cannon back off Ryan’s crossbar after the interview before Graham Potter’s side edged ahead when French striker Neal Maupay fired the visitors in front on 54 minutes.

Ryan gathered Benteke’s header and dived low to his right to deny the Belgian striker’s fizzing drive as Roy Hodgson’s team pushed forward.

The 27-year-old gloveman was equal to another low Benteke attempt but Zaha’s thunderous shot flew into the roof of Brighton’s net.


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The points shared in South London means Ryan and Mooy’s outfit remains 13th on 20 points, two points off the top half of the table.

Rogic and Behich find out Round of 32 opponents

Tom Rogic’s Celtic and Aziz Behich’s Istanbul Basaksehir learned their Round of 32 fate after topping their respective UEFA Europa League groups.

Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic will face FC Copenhagen of Denmark in the two-legged affair, to be played on 20 February and 27 February.

Rogic’s side will be on the road at Telia Park in the Danish capital for the first leg, before returning to Celtic Park seven days later to play the Danish SuoerLiga’s second-placed side.

Behich and Istanbul were draw against Sporting Clube de Portugal, who sit in third place in the Portuguese Primera Liga.

Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon will host the opener before the Caltex Socceroos left-back and his team head back to Turkey for the decider at Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium.

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Vukovic on the comeback trail

Danny Vukovic has returned to training with his Belgian club K.R.C. Genk following five months on the sidelines.

The three-cap Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper suffered what was described as a freak injury pre-season in July, rupturing his Achilles' tendon during a routine gym session.

The 34-year-old missed Genk's UEFA Champions League campaign after playing a key role in the Smurfs' shock Belgian title victory last season.

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