‘The crowd was unreal’: Grant praises support as the Socceroos shift focus to knockout stage

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Rhyan Grant says the support of Socceroos fans in the UAE and back home in Australia is helping to drive the team forward in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™.

The Socceroos secured a 3-2 win in a thrilling contest against Syria on Wednesday morning (AEDT) to move into the knockout rounds.

A draw would have been enough to see Graham Arnold’s side through to the last 16, but a long-range effort from Tom Rogic in the 93rd minute wrapped up all three points in front of a boisterous crowd.

There were roars from the noisy Syrian supporters as Omar Khrbin and Omar Al Shoma pulled back strikes from Awer Mabil and Chris Ikonomidis, but Australia’s players kept their cool to progress to the knockout phase.

“The crowd was unreal,” Grant said. “They were cheering everything [the Syria] players did – it was good to be a part of and witness.

“But, we could still hear our Aussie fans. A lot of the boys had families up there so we still had our backing. It was a great atmosphere and good to come away with a win.

“It was pretty tricky towards the end there, but everyone’s thrilled. Everyone’s happy to get the win and go through.”

Rhyan Grant discusses the Syria clash

The right-sided Sydney FC defender, who has featured in all three Asian Cup games so far, and completed a full 90 minutes in the victories over Palestine and Syria, added that the players can feel the support from far away as well as those in the stadium.

“It’s really easy to celebrate and enjoy it when you’re representing your country,” he said. “Everyone back home is wishing the best for us. To be part of it here, and really be amongst it and be on the pitch when we get to celebrate stuff like that… it’s pretty cool.

“I’ve got a massive family back home. They’re all on a group chat on facebook and I’ve been getting the updates and they’re all watching it live. They all stayed up pretty late to watch the game. Even my nephews tried to stay up. They didn’t last the whole game, but they are all up and supporting, which is really nice to see.”

Grant made his Socceroos debut in the friendly against Lebanon in November 2018, but has quickly become a key member of Graham Arnold’s squad and says he is thrilled by his whirlwind rise.

“[The last few months have been] huge,” the 27-year-old admitted. “I hadn’t played for the Socceroos until a couple of months ago. It’s happened pretty fast, but I’m just enjoying it and embracing every chance I get and trying to make the most it. So far so good.”

 

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‘We’re still very confident and positive’: Grant champions Socceroos’ belief ahead of Palestine clash

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Rhyan Grant insists the message from coach Graham Arnold hasn’t wavered despite Australia’s first-up loss to Jordan at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™.

Focus has quickly shifted to Friday night’s (AEDT) clash with Palestine, with the Socceroos keen to bounce back swiftly at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai.

Arnold’s mandate ever since taken the reins of the Socceroos has been about attacking football and self-belief in every match.

And Grant, who played the second half of the 1-0 loss to Jordan in Al Ain, says it’s business as usual in the lead-up to the crunch Palestine encounter.

“Arnie is still very much the same. He’s still very positive and very confident,” Grant told www.socceroos.com.au after the side’s first training session in Dubai.

“It’s not the result we wanted first game but we’re still very positive and confident coming into the next game that we’ll go out and perform.

“There’s a lot to improve on so were keen to get into that and see how we can improve coming into the Palestine game,” the Sydney FC defender added.

Grant living the dream

Grant has represented Australia at youth international tournaments but his outing against Jordan was his first competitive game for the Socceroos.

The all-action right-back certainly provided a spark when introduced at half-time and is relishing the freedom to get forward at every opportunity in Arnold’s high-intensity, pro-active style.

For the 27-year-old, who plays his club football with Sydney FC in the Hyundai A-League, playing at a major international tournament is something he’ll never forget.

“Personally it was a very good experience for me,” he said.

“Obviously I’ve played a couple of friendlies but my first taste of tournament [football] was pretty cool and was something I’ll never forget.

“It was good to be a part of it. The squad we have here is unreal so to be a part of that and then to come onto the pitch and get a bit of game time is pretty cool too.”

 

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Sydney FC defender suffers serious knee injury

Rhyan Grant

In a huge blow for Sydney FC, right-back Rhyan Grant is set to miss the majority of the Hyundai A-League season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in training this week.

CRUEL BLOW FOR GRANT

* The 26-year old sustained the injury during a routine passing drill.

Grant will have surgery in the next few weeks.

* It’s the second time Grant has torn his ACL, although the other time in 2013 was to his right knee.

* Grant has played 146 Hyundai A-League games for the Sky Blues, scoring seven goals including the equaliser in last season’s Grand Final win over Melbourne Victory.

GRANT STAYING POSITIVE

“It’s disappointing but I’ll be alright. These things happen in football and it has happened to me before so I know what it takes to recover and come back stronger.

“I’m looking forward to getting the surgery and beginning the hard work to get back before the end of the season.

“The boys have been really supportive and I’m still going to be part of the group every day, as we look to defend our titles.”

Sydney defender Rhyan Grant gets a cross in during the clash with Melbourne City on Saturday night.ARNOLD WEIGHS UP HIS OPTIONS

“Obviously it’s a blow and it’s devastating for the kid.

“He was fantastic for us last season and we will give him the best medical support he needs to recover fully.

“We are fortunate that we have excellent cover in Aaron Calver, Seb Ryall, Paulo Retre and Josh Brillante.

“However we will definitely be looking at an injury replacement. We know the type of professional Rhyan is and we expect him to be available for the last few games of the season, the Finals Series and the ACL.”

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Sky Blues star Rhyan Grant buzzing for ‘massive’ Liverpool test

He’s enjoyed a dream Hyundai A-League season with the double-winning Sky Blues but things could get even better for Sydney FC’s Rhyan Grant.

He’s enjoyed a dream Hyundai A-League season with the double-winning Sky Blues but things could get even better for Sydney FC’s Rhyan Grant.

He’s enjoyed a dream Hyundai A-League season with the double-winning Sky Blues but things could get even better for Sydney FC’s Rhyan Grant.

The pacy right-back was a consistent performer in a dominant season from Graham Arnold’s side, culminating in Championship success as well as a call-up for the Caltex Socceroos in March.

But the good times aren’t over yet with Grant – a boyhood Liverpool fan – set to take on the EPL giants at a packed ANZ Stadium next Wednesday night.

More than 70,000 tickets have been sold for the Reds’ first-ever match in Sydney, with Grant excited to test himself against the likes of Liverpool’s Brazilian stars Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

“I’m a fan of the club so any of those players (Firmino, Coutinho) I’d love to come up against…hopefully they don’t make a fool of me,” the 26-year-old told reporters on Friday.

“We’ll put our best foot forward and hopefully give them a good run for their money.

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“Obviously it was a very successful season for us but playing against Liverpool will be massive.

“It’s going to be a massive crowd and such a big club in Europe and personally my favourite team too, so it will not only be good for me but the boys are pretty pumped.”

After Sydney FC’s phenomenal and record-breaking season – which saw them lose just once in 29 matches – Grant said a win over Jurgen Klopp’s men would be the “cherry on top.”

After some well-earned time off following their grand final win over Melbourne Victory on May 7, the Sky Blues squad returned to training this week to ensure they are ready to tackle the Reds.

A clash against EPL opposition is a chance to prove to Ange Postecoglou that he should be retained in the Caltex Socceroos squad for a massive month for the national team.

“I was Involved in the last camp which I was stoked to be a part of and it would be nice to be a part of it again,” said Grant on the possibility of Caltex Socceroo selection.

Sydney FC players celebrate their Grand Final win over Melbourne Victory.

“I’m not expecting to be a part of it. If I am there happy days, if not I’ll have an off-season.”

A must-win FIFA World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Adelaide on June 8 is followed by a blockbuster friendly against Brazil in Melbourne.

Then it’s off to Russia for the FIFA Confederations Cup and matches against World Champions Germany, Chile and Cameroon.

Postecoglou will name an extended 30-man squad next week for the June qualifier, which will be trimmed to a final 23 the following week.

 

 

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Epic battle sees Sydney FC crowned champions

Sydney FC have crowned an extraordinary season by defeating arch-rivals Melbourne Victory on penalties 4-2 in a titanic Hyundai A-League Grand Final at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

The game ended 1-1 after extra time.

In the shootout, Brosque opened the scoring, Troisi replied to kick off the shooout.

Wilkinson then missed to give Victory the advantage, and Broxham made it 2-1.

Carney coolly made it 2-2 and Valeri smashed his shot against the bar to hand Sydney a lifeline.

O’Neill scored to make it 3-2 with Rojas to take for the Big V. Vukovic saved brilliantly.

And the player of the season Milos Ninkovic stepped up to score the winner 4-2.

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After confirming the Premiership with weeks left in the regular season, Graham Arnold’s Sky Blues have now done the double to cement their position as the A-League’s most dominant club side – and one of the greatest in league history.

Sunday’s finale in the Harbour City wasn’t one of the great grand finals but it was certainly the most intense.

It was a frantic and electrically charged first half as both sides threw themselves into the contest in front of 41,546 fans.

It was fierce, feisty and intense football with referee Jarred Gillett having his hands full.

Amid the scrappy play, one moment of pure class broke the game open when Berisha pounced to give Victory the lead on 20 minutes.

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Sydney FC, as expected threw everything at their opponent in the second half with David Carney thrown on early, but Victory kept their shape and excellent defensive discipline.

That was till the Sky Blues’ pressure finally paid off and Rhyan Grant as popped up in the box to tap in the equaliser.

Suddenly, and for the first time, Victory were looking shaky as the Sky Blues sensed it was their time.

But in a game of few clear chances, neither side could find a winner and the game went to extra time.

Clearly both sides looked fatigued in the final stages of the finale after an epic 90 minutes.

Troisi could’ve won it for the Big V but it wasn’t to be and so to penalties it went.

 

GOALS

1-0 Besart Berisha, Victory 20’

Rojas was crunched by two Sky Blues near the centre circle, Valeri picked up the loose ball, fed Berisha centrally, and the Big V talisman drove into the box, shifted the ball onto his left foot and powered home a low shot into the corner of the net.

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1-1 Rhyan Grant, Sydney FC 69’

Sydney FC finally found enough space to get a shot off, with Carney’s effort parried onto the post and as the ball rolled along the line Rhyan Grant was first to it to drill home.

Sydney FC players celebrate Rhyan Grant's equaliser in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

KEY MOMENT

James Troisi, in the first minute of the second half in extra time, turned and shot brilliantly to beat Vukovic but not the post. A goal then and Victory may’ve been able to hold on for a win in extra time.

 

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Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos in Tehran?

Caltex Socceroos XI

Matthew Ryan;Rhyan Grant,Milos Degenek,Bailey Wright,Brad Smith;Mile Jedinak,Aaron Mooy;Massimo Luongo,Matthew Leckie,Tim Cahill,James Troisi

 

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Caltex Socceroos weekend update-18/March/2017-19/March/2017

Winger Mat Leckie has a date with Borussia Dortmund this weekend before joining up with the Caltex Socceroos.

Winger Mat Leckie has a date with Borussia Dortmund this weekend before joining up with the Caltex Socceroos.

It’s the crucial weekend before the Caltex Socceroos meet up in Tehran ahead of next week’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Iraq.

Australia tackles Iraq in Tehran on March 24 (AEDT) before returning home to host UAE at the Sydney Football Stadium on March 28.

We take a look at the players’ schedule over the coming days for their clubs.

Mustafa Amini

AGF, in the Danish Superliga, next play in the early hours of Monday morning (AEDT) against OB.

Aziz Behich

Played 90 minutes for Bursaspor last weekend and could see more action on Monday (AEDT) with his side at home to Alanyaspor in the Turkish league.

Tim Cahill

Had the week off due to the split round in the Hyundai A-League but will be hopeful of some more minutes as Melbourne City host Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League on Saturday night.

Tim Cahill

Milos Degenek

Yokohama F Marinos host Albirex Niigata on Saturday afternoon in the J-League.

Rhyan Grant

Will come into camp fresh but fit with the Sky Blues having a tough week on the track with no game due to the split round in the A-League.

Jackson Irvine

The ultra-consistent Burton Albion midfielder is set to play on Sunday (AEDT) at home to Brentford.

Mile Jedinak

The Socceroo skipper was immense in Aston Villa’s win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend with Steve Bruce’s side next in action on Sunday away to Wigan Athletic.

Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa proved too strong for Bailey Wright's Bristol City overnight.

James Jeggo

The former Adelaide midfielder’s Sturm Graz travel to tackle Admira this weekend.

Tomi Juric

The powerful striker’s FC Luzern host third-placed Sion this weekend.

Robbie Kruse

The winger has started in both of Liaoning’s first two Chinese Super League fixtures but won’t have a chance to add to that tally before coming into camp.

Mitch Langerak

The Stuttgart shot-stopper has been in fine touch in Germany and will get another chance to impress on Saturday away to Greuther Fürth.

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 Mathew Leckie

The Socceroo flyer has been a regular for FC Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga this season. Leckie’s side travel to tackle giants Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (AEDT).

Massimo Luongo

Luongo’s QPR are next in action on Sunday at home to struggling Rotherham.

Riley McGree

The shock inclusion in the squad, McGree’s Adelaide host Brisbane Roar on Sunday in the Hyundai A-League.

Mark Milligan

The versatile midfielder has been playing regularly with UAE club Bani Yas but saw red in his side’s 6-2 loss to Al Wahda last weekend. Won’t see any further action before coming into camp.

Aaron Mooy

Arguably Australia’s most important player, Mooy has enjoyed a sensational season in the English Championship with Huddersfield Town and could feature more prominently in Saturday’s fixture away to Bailey Wright’s Bristol City.

Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy.

Mat Ryan

The keeper played 90 minutes in Genk’s Europa League Round of 16 second leg tie against Gent on Friday (AEDT) before linking with the national team.

Trent Sainsbury

Hasn’t seen any game time since his loan move to Serie A giants Inter Milan in January.  The classy defender’s next chance of match action is on Sunday with Milan away to Torino.

Brad Smith

The flying left-back has struggled for game time at EPL outfit AFC Bournemouth, who are at home to Swansea City on Sunday morning (AEDT).

James Troisi

The Victory star is arguably the hottest player in the A-League right now. Victory has the week off due to the split round but Troisi will come into camp full of confidence after a sparkling month.

James Troisi on the ball during the Socceroos' 2-2 draw with Germany in March.

Daniel Vukovic

Vukovic capped his selection with another clean sheet – his 11th of the season – in Sydney’s 1-0 win over the Mariners on Friday night. Won’t have another game before coming into camp.

Rhys Williams

Williams played a full match for Glory in last Saturday’s loss to Sydney FC. Perth not in action this week.

Bailey Wright

The no-nonsense defender has been a pillar of consistency since joining Bristol City, who are next in action on Saturday at home to Mooy’s Huddersfield Town.

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Sydney FC Rhyan Grant has earned a maiden call-up to the Socceroos

Sydney FC's Rhyan Grant has earned a maiden call-up to the Socceroos.

His Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold certainly thinks so.

Grant earned his first senior national team call-up on Wednesday when selected in Ange Postecoglou’s extended 30-man for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE.

 

Arnie on Grant’s future in Caltex Socceroos 

“Once you get to international level it’s about the four pillars – technical, tactical, physical and mental. And a lot of it is about athleticism and he has that. He can run all day, he’s quick, he’s aggressive and he’s improving out of sight with his decision-making and last ball.

 

Rhyan Grant netted the opener in Sydney FC's 3-1 win over the Phoenix.“He could probably have had double figures as goals as a right fullback which shows how far he is getting forward down the pitch. Ange has always shown he likes fullbacks that can get forward. He fits the model but now it’s about the concentration side for 90 minutes and stepping up to a new level.”

 

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Arnold’s message to Grant  “As I said to him yesterday, ‘if I had said that to you six months ago you wouldn’t have believed it and now you have that opportunity. “What he has done well for us is what he has to do well at international level. Ange has picked him on his capabilities and what he’s good at and nothing changes.

“They [Grant and keeper Danny Vukovic] have the opportunity to be part of a World Cup and be part of a Confeds Cup and it’s about how bad they want it.” The Caltex Socceroos tackle UAE in a crucial World Cup Qualifier in Sydney on March 28. Click here for tickets

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Sydney FC 3 x 1 Wellington Phoenix – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC’s unbeaten start to the season will extend into Round 20 after they put on a clinic in a 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night.

Defender Rhyan Grant opened the scoring with a thumping header after just three minutes before turning provider as Bobo finished a majestically worked team goal midway through the opening half.

The Phoenix pulled a goal back before the break courtesy of a neat piece of trickery from Alex Rodriguez but hopes of a comeback were banished when Milos Ninkovic netted ten minutes after the interval.

Josh Brillante came close to scoring another goal of the season contender when he blasted a long range shot that Glen Moss touched onto the post in the first half, while Alex Brosque spurned a one-on-one chance after the break.

The result sees Graham Arnold’s side extend their lead at the top of the table to 12 points ahead of the weekend’s fixtures, while the Phoenix missed a chance to climb back into the top six.

GOALS

1-0 Sydney FC: Rhyan Grant, 3’

Brosque was played into space down the left flank, with the striker showing a great turn of speed before floating a cross to the back post where Grant was able to head strongly past Moss.

2-0 Sydney FC:  Bobo, 22’

Some intricate one-touch passing saw the Sky Blues go the length of the field, with Bobo delivering the ball out wide before heading home the return cross from Grant to register his eighth goal of the season.

2-1 Wellington Phoenix: Alex Rodriguez, 32’

The midfielder showed great awareness to get a flick on a Gui Finkler corner delivery at the front post, with Vukovic unable to react quickly enough to keep the ball from sneaking in.

3-1 Sydney FC: Milos Ninkovic, 54’

Brillante picked out the run of Ninkovic after a Phoenix turnover, with the Serbian threading a shot between the legs of Andrew Durante, past the outstretched Moss and inside the far post.

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6 uncapped bolters for the Caltex Socceroos

There are players in form in the Hyundai A-League who will be on Ange Postecoglou’s radar for March’s FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE.

We’ve picked six players from the Hyundai A-League who have yet to win a Caltex Socceroos cap that might get the nod.

Andrew Nabbout (Newcastle Jets)

If you mentioned Nabbout as a possible Caltex Socceroos contender at the start of the season, it would’ve seemed a little fanciful.

He arrived back in the A-League from the Malaysian Super League with little fanfare, but now after a sensational run of form by the 24-year-old attacker he’s the name on everyone’s lips.

Has pace, power, great dribbling skill and an eye for goal. And Ange knows tat after giving him his Victory debut a few seasons back.

The forward’s career drifted somewhat since leaving Victory but he’s back in a big way.

Nabbout has scored the most goals (five) and had the most assists (three) for the Jets while he’s won a swag of man-of-the-match awards too.

Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC)

Don’t let the cheeky smile and perfect hair fool you. The 22-year-old has been an unsung hero in the Sky Blues’ unbeaten season so far, earning a nomination for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award for October.

Has a great engine, can play a killer pass and is a real team man. Would not look out of place among the Caltex Socceroos’ star-studded midfield.

O'NeillDanny Vukovic (Sydney FC)

“Vuka” has been part of the Hyundai A-League right from the start and it’s hard to remember him playing better than he is right now at the Sky Blues. He’s a regular in goal and has come up with a number huge saves this season, a major reason why Sydney has kept 10 clean sheets in 16 games. At 31, he brings loads of experience, a winning culture and exudes confidence.

Ben Garuccio (Adelaide United)

Left-back was supposed to be a problem area for Ange but with the likes of Garuccio (as well as Sydney FC’s 10-capped Socceroo Michael Zullo), the Hyundai A-League is throwing up some genuine options. Garuccio, 21, has been the Reds’ most consistent player in the 2016/17 Season with his gut-busting surges forward and excellent crossing a real feature of his game.

Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC)

No surprise Grant’s name has been thrown around for a possible call-up given his career-best form with the Sky Blues.

The 25-year-old right-back has been given a licence to get forward at every opportunity by coach Graham Arnold and his ability and fitness to get up and back for 90 minutes makes him perfect for Ange’s Socceroos.

Grant has four assists in the 2016/17 Season, the most for any defender in the Hyundai A-League. And he has incredible engines.

Grant, BorrelloBrandon Borrello (Brisbane Roar)

It’s taken a little while for the 21-year-old to get going this season but Borrello has started to catch fire in recent weeks.

Like Nabbout, offers real pace and energy out wide, while his ruthless style could be useful in the cut-throat qualifiers to come against Iraq and UAE. If there are injuries to the likes of Kruse, Leckie and Burns, could be considered.

 

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