Socceroo Mat Ryan had an evening to forget as Genk lost 3-1 to Oostende in the Belgian Europa League play-off final overnight.
The Australian goalkeeper, who will now fly to Adelaide to link up with the Socceroos this weekend, was twice caught out in the defeat, which marks the end of his loan spell at Genk from Valencia.
Ryan has been an excellent influence since joining Genk in January, helping the side push for European football but the season ended in disappointment.
Oostende’s opening goal arrived on 27 minutes when Ryan attempted to intercept Franck Berrier’s low cross. Ryan couldn’t reach the ball, allowing Joseph Akpala to sweep home.
Ryan could do nothing five minutes later when Czech defender David Rozehnal doubled Oostende’s advantage from close range from a corner.
Genk pulled a goal back before half-time from the penalty spot, but the hosts sealed the win on 51 minutes.
Ryan had a moment of miscommunication with defender Omar Colley at the near post, allowing Andile Jali to nip in and poke home from close range.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper will battle with Mitchell Langerak to be Ange Postecoglou’s first choice stopper in the upcoming Socceroos camp.
Langerak has enjoyed club success with German 2.Bundesliga champions VfB Stuttgart this season and earned a start against Iraq in March.
Ryan told FourFourTwo last month that his intentions after his loan spell were to fight for a first-team spot at parent club Valencia.
"They just announced a new coach, he’s a coach with a lot of experience,” he said.
“My goal at the moment is to be the number one and prove myself at Valencia and in La Liga.
"It’s a big club and I’m very lucky to have a contract there."