Ryan buzzing after Europa League run

Mat Ryan is disappointed after his side Club Brugge were knocked out of the Europa League quarter-finals but says his team has learned a lot from the experience.

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Club Brugge went down 1-0 to Dnipro in Kiev on Thursday night. Yevhen Shakhov scored for the home team after 82 minutes and the Belgian outfit could not find a goal in response.

Amazingly it was Club Brugge’s first defeat in the Europa League this season.

“Over both legs it was really tight,” the Socceroo goalkeeper told FourFourTwo.

“Disappointing that we are not going through from a deflected goal. 

“I think I would have had it comfortably if it didn't hit our defenders leg and loop up and over me.

"But on the night weren't as big a threat in front of goal as we had planned to be.

“I enjoyed the competition enormously. It was a learning experience for the whole squad. We achieved some nice accolades along the way.”

After an impressive performance in the first leg, Ryan was called into action on 48 minutes to superbly stop a Yevhen Konoplyanka shot.

Club Brugge struggled to create chances against the Ukrainian side and then Shakhov got the killer blow with eight minutes left, his shot taking a slight deflection to sail over Ryan.

The 23-year old’s Club Brugge have already won the Belgian Cup this season and are currently top of the Belgian League with seven games to play. The title and a spot in next season’s Champions League are still up for grabs.

Club Brugge face KAA Gent on Sunday. Ryan and his team are focused on adding some more silverware to an impressive campaign.

“Gent as we know are a very physical team with a lot of quality,” he said.

“They've only had a weeks preparation and we expecting them to come out strong, especially being at home.”