Ryan's Europa League heartbreak with Genk

Caltex Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan was in fine form but has missed out on the semi-finals of the Europa League.
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Caltex Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan was in fine form but has missed out on the semi-finals of the Europa League overnight.

The Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper has played a full 90 minutes for his Belgian side Genk in their 1-1 home draw with Celta Vigo in the second leg of their quarter-final tie.

The La Liga side arrived with a slight advantage after a 3-2 win in the first leg a week ago.

Ryan denied Celta midfielder Claudio Beauvue with a pair of superb saves either side of half-time.

In the 44th minute, Beauvue fired a shot towards the bottom corner which the Australian custodian kept out.

Seven minutes after the break, the Vigo man latched onto a precise defence-splitting pass and headed goalwards before a flying Ryan again kept the contest scoreless.

But he could do little about the opening goal after 63 minutes.

Celta’s Danish striker Pione Sisto weaved past some would-be defenders before unleashing a magnificent strike from the edge of the box into the top right corner.

But just four minutes later, Genk equalised, Leandro Trossard making a great solo run before firing into the bottom corner from outside the box.

Despite some late forays, Ryan’s side was unable to find the all-important goal which would have sent them through on the away goals rule.

Instead, Celta Vigo advance to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.

This article was originally published at: http://www.socceroos.com.au/article/mat-ryans-europa-league-heartbreak-with-genk/keewlxxykwib1mriukdxr8uh1.