Aussies Abroad: Ryan's heroics, Arsenal's cheeky Mooy mention
Caltex Socceroo Maty Ryan has ended the Premier League season on a personal high, pulling off seven saves as his club Brighton and Hove Albion fell 4-0 to Liverpool.
While the scoreline was emphatic for the Reds, Ryan could hold his head up high for his fine individual display, which included two one-on-one stops and a point-blank save to deny Liverpool’s rampant attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
WATCH MATY RYAN'S HEROICS IN THE VIDEO AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE
Ryan got his afternoon underway early with a 19th minute stop to deny Mane as he bared down on goal, and things didn’t get any easier from the Aussie when just seven minutes later Salah opened the scoring for the hosts.
Yet when Salah looked certain to score again just moments later. Mane again broke through on goal and squared it to Salah but Ryan was rapid across the ground to dive at the feet of Egyptian to prevent him a 33rd league goal of the season.
Ryan was also called into action in the 34th minute to stop Gini Wijnaldum and to start the second half to deny Roberto Firmino with a long-range shot headed for the bottom corner.
Yet Ryan saved his best for last with a top class point-blank save to again stop Firmino from getting on the scoresheet. The Brazilian was alone in the box just outside the six-yard box for a first-time finish and connected well with the low cross. But Ryan was able to react instantly to tip it over the crossbar.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield fell 1-0 to Arsenal in Arsene Wenger’s final game as manager of the great London club.
Mooy was at the centre of Huddersfield’s best attacks, including two shot assists and a team high of 67 touches on the ball.
And after his assist heroics in the Terriers’ 1-1 draw against Chelsea to secure Premier League football next season, Mooy was nearly the hero again.
WATCH MOOY'S RASPING EFFORT IN THE VIDEO ABOVE
The former Melbourne City midfielder was able to spread the ball to the left and then get into the box to receive a neat pass from Florent Hadergjonaj before unleashing a rasping shot against the crossbar.