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.
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.’