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).
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