Aussies Abroad: Big win for Behich & derby delight for Jeggo

As the festive season nears ever closer, Socceroos hit the pitch around the world for their club sides over the weekend. 

There were plenty of solid performances, with standout results for a couple of Aussies in Europe. 

Commencing our weekly wrap in Turkey, Aziz Behich’s Giresunspor snatched a monumental three points on the road with a 4-0 win over powerhouses Besiktas.

The Socceroo played 86 minutes at left-back as his newly-promoted club continued their recent run of form, moving into 13th place on the Turkish Super League ladder. 

Behich started and played 86 minutes, keeping a clean sheet against a side containing on-loan Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, and former Barcelona and Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanić. 

Over in Greece, Jimmy Jeggo played a full game in the centre of the park as his Aris Thessalonki came away with a slender 1-0 derby victory over cross-town rivals PAOK.

After a strong campaign fighting for the title last season, Jeggo's side currently sit in seventh this time arond - and with the Aussie pulling the strings in midfield, will be hoping this significant result kickstarts their ascent up the Greek Super League table. 


It was a battle of the Aussies in the Championship as Riley McGree’s Birmingham City snatched a late 1-0 victory against Kenny Dougall’s Blackpool. 

Both Socceroos played the entire 90 minutes in the heart of the midfield for their respective sides.

The result lifts Birmingham to 13th in the Championship, just one point behind Dougall’s Blackpool. 

Elsewhere in England, Callum Elder came off the bench to solidify Hull City’s 2-1 victory over Millwall at the MKM Stadium. 

In Scotland, Hibernian snapped a five-game winless streak in the league with a 2-1 victory over St. Johnstone - despite being without the suspended Martin Boyle.

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Over in Germany, Jackson Irvine enjoyed another 90 minutes for FC St. Pauli as they came away with a 3-2 win away to Nürnberg.

The result ensured Irvine's outfit remain three points clear at the summit of Germany's second tier, with 10 wins from 15 games so far this season. 

In Italy's Serie B, Fran Karačić was an unused substitute for Brescia as his side went down 1-0 to Pisa in a top-of-the-table clash. 

Brescia missed a golden opportunity to extend their lead at the top of Serie B as they now sit one point behind Pisa in second. 

Over in Belgium, Trent Sainsbury was suspended for his K.V. Kortrijk’s 2-2 draw with Eupen in the Belgian Pro League. 

In Japan, Mitchell Duke played 80 minutes for Fagiano Okayama as his side secured a 1-0 victory over V-Varen Nagasaki in J. League Division 2.

The result extends Okayama’s unbeaten run to 12 games as they sit mid-table with one game remaining in the season.