Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has added yet another piece of silverware to his cabinet this year as his Club Brugge side lifted the Belgian Cup with a 2-1 win over RSC Anderlecht on Sunday.
Ryan returned to a warm welcome at his Belgian home after lifting the Asian Cup in and has continued to succeed. Brugge currently command a four-point lead at the top of the Belgian Pro League and are the only Belgian club still competing in Europe after a 5-2 aggregate win over Besiktas in the Europa League’s Round of 16.
After reaching the Belgian Cup final with a 8-3 aggregate semi-final win over local rivals Cercle Brugge, Tom De Sutter put Club Bruggge in the lead 12 minutes into the match, steering in Lior Rafaelov’s free kick with a stinging volley at the far post.
The final looked as though it would go into extra time when Aleksandar Mitrovic caught Ryan off-sighted in the 89th minute with his shot from the edge of the box through a crowd of players, but Rafaelov surprised the Belgian giants with an amazing long-range volley in injury time.
The Belgian Cup is the first club title 22-year-old Ryan has won in Europe, adding to his individual awards during his time with Brugge, which consist of consecutive Belgium Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year titles and an AFC Asian Cup Golden Glove.