Socceroos fans slam skipper Mathew Ryan after he has an absolute SHOCKER to gift Argentina the easiest of goals: ‘You can’t have a brain fart like that!’
Socceroos fans have lost it at skipper Mathew Ryan after a costly error by the Aussie goalkeeper gifted Argentinean winger Julian Alvarez the easiest of goals during their Round of 16 clash.
Already down 1-0, Ryan collected the ball in the box and a terrible first touch with no urgency was followed up by a diabolical attempt at dribbling past Rodrigo De Paul.
It didn’t go well, with the Atletico Madrid midfielder easily forcing him to lose possession, with Alvarez calming slotting the ball back past Ryan in a shocking mistake that may well cost Australia any chance of coming back into the match.
Often known throughout his career as a sweeper-style goalkeeper who is aggressive with his distribution from the back, it has certainly not turned out well for Ryan in this instance – and fans were ropeable.
‘You can’t be gifting goals like that’ one wrote, while another started his tweet with: ‘MAT RYAN, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!’.
Another cruelly suggested they were getting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from trying to watch Ryan save something, while the word ‘stupidity’ featured prominently in the angry Aussie fans reacting to the goal.
Jackson Irvine (left) and Kye Rowles (right) console a devastated Mat Ryan (centre) after the loss to Argentina, in which the latter’s error unfortunately cost the side a goal
Ryan looked completely devastated after the match, with the captain consoled by teammates who flung an arm around him as he walked off the pitch.
Coach Graham Arnold had nothing but praise for his skipper despite the grave error.
‘Maty’s been a fantastic captain, a fantastic kid, a fantastic player,’ he said in defence of Ryan.
‘Everyone makes mistakes and you’ve got to learn from it, get over it and move forward. I’m sure that Maty will.’
Mat Ryan (purple) looks on as Argentinean winger Julian Alvarez sends the ball into the net after a grave goalkeeping error
Ryan looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders after the game, finding it difficult to put into words how broken he was.
‘There’s a big part of me that feels pride for the group and the journey that we’ve been on, but obviously feeling a lot of hurt for my involvement,’ he told SBS after the match about his error that led to the Alvarez goal.
The skipper then explained some tactical approaches from both sides had an impact on his decision-making, and sensationally admitted he probably should have tried to draw a foul after contact just prior to the goal.
A dejected Mathew Ryan could not contain his emotions after the game, holding a ball to his face as he contemplated the game
Ryan wiped his face with a towel and was also consoled by teammates on the pitch after the loss
Ryan thanks the Socceroos fans at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan near Doha after the match
‘In the build-up to the game, the coaching staff were asking a lot from us at the back to play out … and I think we were able to bring that into play,’ Ryan said.
‘In the second half though, after they (Argentina) regrouped .. maybe they came on a little stronger and tactically made a change.
‘They caught me at the back and it hurts. In hindsight I’ve got to learn from it.
‘I probably (should have) put my foot through it but that’s part of modern goalkeeping (playing the ball). Maybe I could’ve tried to milk the foul as well after the collision, but they are lessons you have to learn from,’ said the dejected Ryan.
Ryan will now head back to Denmark to continue his season in the Superliga with FC Copenhagen, where he will continue to face a barrage of childish antics and politics from his teammate and fellow goalkeeper Kamil Grabara, who stuck the boot into Ryan for his error on social media after the match.