Australia’s goalkeeper Mat Ryan was targeted by a sour club teammate about his howler that burned the Socceroos badly against Argentina on Sunday morning.
It was in the 57th minute when Ryan failed to clear the ball from his own box, instead attempting to dribble it out between two opponents before Julián Álvarez stole it and dabbed it into the net.
The brainsnap moment pushed the score to 2-0 in favour of Argentina, meaning even Craig Goodwin’s goal late in the match was not enough to force extra time.
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Almost immediately after Ryan’s blunder, FC Copenhagen teammate Kamil Grabara took to Twitter to swipe the Aussie gloveman.
“Must have been politics, for sure,” Grabara tweeted along with a smirking face emoji.
Grabara was referencing his beef with Ryan at club level, where the pair are competing for the one spot in goal.
Ryan was brought to FC Copenhagen to replace an injured Grabara in the side, but was ousted when the latter returned to fitness.
Ryan believed his demotion was due to club politics while Grabara said he and Ryan are “not friends” when he spoke to media in October.
“I just have to state that there is a reason why we are in ninth place in the Superliga and that the goals have poured in. It speaks for itself. I don’t see any competition for the goalkeeper position,” Grabara said.
Following Australia’s loss to Argentina, a brave Ryan fronted media in Qatar and was told about the Grabar sledge.
“I’m not surprised with you to be honest,” Ryan said.
“His opinion doesn’t really concern me.”
The childish Grabara tweet was roundly hammered by others on the social media platform.
Many referenced the fact Grabara hasn’t been able to make it onto the field for Poland at this World Cup, while Ryan had been largely faultless until Sunday’s costly error.
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold leapt to the defence of his captain following the loss.
“Maty’s been a fantastic captain, a fantastic kid, a fantastic player,” Arnold said.
“Everyone makes mistakes and you’ve got to learn from it, get over it and move forward. I’m sure that Maty will.”
Ryan was visibly gutted over the error, both at the time and after the game.
“I tried to adjust as quick as I could and copped a little bump there,” he later said.
“Maybe I could have tried and milked a foul there or something in hindsight, or put my foot through it. The modern way of playing, and playing out from the back, you’ve still got to find the right balance of doing that and knowing when to get yourself out of danger.
“I haven’t seen a replay but I’ll analyse it and I can only learn from it. We learn from our hardships in life and it’s definitely one for me.
“It hurts a lot, but I won’t let it get the better of me or define me. I’ll come back stronger for it.”
Ryan is expected to leave FC Copenhagen as early as January.
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