Mathew Ryan’s teammate and hated rival is SLAMMED by Aussie fans for hitting the Socceroos skipper with a low blow just after his horror mistake gifted Argentina a goal
- Mat Ryan’s Copenhagen teammate Kamil Grabara took a shot at the Aussie
- Grabara bagged out the Socceroos skipper on Twitter for his poor ‘brain fade’
- Fans rallied behind Ryan, discrediting Grabara as he hasn’t appeared at Qatar
Copenhagen FC goalkeeper Kamil Grabara took a brutal shot at his club teammate Mat Ryan after his horror mistake put Argentina up 2-0 over the Socceroos at the World Cup – and fans have slammed the outspoken Pole for the low blow.
The two Danish league goalies have been locked in a heated feud throughout the season as they battle to be the club’s starting goalie, with Grabara insulting the Aussie on several occasions.
Copenhagen FC keeper Kamil Grabara yells out to his backline during a Superliga clash against Randers FC
Ryan, 30, had a terrific World Cup campaign that was marred by a shock error in the 57th minute of the Socceroos 2-1 loss to Argentina, when he made a poor touch under pressure that led to an easy goal for the South Americans.
Instead of supporting his fellow keeper, Grabara took to Twitter to lash out at the Aussie.
‘Must have been politics, for sure,’ he posted with a cheeky emoji, insinuating that Ryan can’t beat him out for the starting job based on skill or talent.
Ryan reacted to the insult after the match, saying: ‘Not surprised, really. His opinion doesn’t concern me.’
The World Cup skipper made some stunning saves against Argentina and will be hot property for European clubs given his agent has confirmed the Aussie will leave the Superliga in January.
Fans rallied behind Ryan online, telling Grabara to shut up and pointing out he wasn’t good enough to represent his country in Qatar.
Mat Ryan watches the shot from Argentina’s Julian Alvarez pass into the goal – the Aussie keeper was slammed for his actions by his Danish league teammate
‘@Kamil_Grabara1 you didn’t even make the World Cup team. Ryan kept 2 clean sheets and made amazing saves. Ryan also made a name for himself in England while not even the kit man remembers you,’ one fan replied to the keeper’s taunt.
‘Maty Ryan – Aus Captain, Leader & Highly Professional. Inspiring so many people around the world with his actions, on and off the field. Courageous. Grabara – Disrespectful & uneducated on so many levels. Embarrassing himeself. Cowardly,’ another wrote.
Grabara is currently Poland’s no.3 keeper and has less credentials than Ryan, yet he has bagged the Australian since his Copenhagen inception.
‘I don’t comment on my teammates’ performances – this applies especially when I haven’t been in the games,’ Grabara told Danish sports magazine Tipsbladet.
He then did just that by saying: ‘[But] there is a reason why we are in ninth place in the Superliga, and that the goals have poured in. It speaks for itself.’
Ryan fought off Sydney FC penalty hero Andrew Redmayne for the Socceroos top gig and has always performed at national level, but struggled for a no.1 position at Brighton and Real Sociedad.
Ryan looks dejected after the Socceroos gripping 2-1 loss to Argentina in the round of 16
After the Socceroos loss, Ryan addressed his clinical error that changed the game.
‘It hurts a lot,’ he said.
‘It’s hard, it’s tough. You feel an array of negative emotions. You’ve just got to keep bouncing back. That’s life’s way of throwing your harshest lessons.
Took a touch, two of them were on me straight away, and tried to adjust as quickly as I could. I copped a little bump, maybe I could have tried to milk a foul there in hindsight. Or put my foot through it.’
The Blacktown junior has been Australia’s best keeper since Mark Schwarzer and has enjoyed success across the world.