Caltex Socceroo keeper helps Brighton extend their unbeaten run in Premier League
Caltex Socceroo number one Mat Ryan has helped his English Premier League club Brighton earn a point against Stoke City in a 2-2 draw overnight at the Amex Stadium.
Fresh from the international break where the 24-year-old former Hyundai A-League star was a key part of Australia's World Cup qualification success, Ryan started for the Seagulls and made a key save when the hosts were 2-1 down.
Early in the second half, Ryan came to the rescue after Stoke profited from a defensive lapse to smother a shot and save Albion from going another goal behind.
10 minutes later, Jose Izquierdo equalised for Brighton to make it 2-2.
Earlier, Maxim Choupo-Moting opened the scoring in the 28th minute for Stoke before Pascal Gross equalised for the Seagulls. Kurt Zouma's goal put City 2-1 up.
In the final 20 minutes Ryan had the aerial threat of former England striker Peter Crouch to contend with as Mark Hughes turned to his bench to try find a winner for the visitors.
But it wasn't to be with Brighton stretching their unbeaten run to five games in the Premier League.
Ryan and the Socceroos are bound for next June's World Cup in Russia with the draw on Dec 1 in Moscow (6pm local, 2am AEDT on Sat Dec 2).
When are your Caltex Socceroos in action this weekend?
Awer Mabil and FC Midtjylland are out to flag their Danish Superliga intentions this weekend against Nordsjaellan... Midtjylland got their new campaign off to a winning start last Saturday morning as Mikael Anderson struck a 90th-minute winner in a 1-0 victory over Esbjerg.
Heat, humidity, altitude and air miles: what the Caltex Socceroos can expect on the road to Qatar
The Caltex Socceroos? road to Qatar 2022 is likely to be a long and winding one, featuring intense heat, humidity, altitude and countless air miles. Having received a bye through their first round of Asian Football Confederation qualifying for FIFA World Cup 2022, Graham Arnol
‘I’m loving being back’: Behich beams about return to Turkey
Caltex Socceroos defender Aziz Behich has his sights set on Champions League football with new club ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir FK after making a ?smooth transition? back into Turkish Football. After spending last season in Holland at PSV Eindhoven, Behich has returned to Turkey where
Gary van Egmond names maiden Young Socceroos squad
New Young Socceroos Head Coach Gary van Egmond today named his maiden squad in charge of Australia?s under-20 men?s national football team. Van Egmond has selected 30 players for a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from Sunday, 28 July 2019 to Fri