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Aussies rely on family fortunes as Ryan jets in 27 of his extended clan

Mathew Ryan has paid for 27 members of his extended family to travel to Russia and watch him represent Australia, who face a crucial Group C meeting with Peru in Sochi today.

The Aussies must beat Peru, hope Denmark lose to France and also better the Danes' goal difference or goals scored to book their place in the last-16.

The 24-year-old Brighton ace knows the odds are against Australia, but even if they fall short, he will at least be able to rely on the support of his nearest and dearest.

"That's the influence the family have on you," he said, having confirmed that a small army of Ryans would be present in Sochi to cheer him on. "They've witnessed everything I've gone through and all the sacrifices.

"I covered the trip for them. For me to share the experience with them, it's something for them to remember for the rest of their lives. Our plan is not to leave - and neither is theirs."

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