Aussies Abroad: Mooy's perfect start, Degenek secures silverware & Taggart eyes debut

Aaron Mooy helped himself to an assist for Shanghai Port, while Milos Degenek sealed the Serbian League title and Adam Taggart prepares for his J.League debut. 

Your latest review of all the Aussies Abroad action is here, alongside a preview of all the weekend’s fixtures involving our overseas based Socceroos.


In the Chinese Super League, Aaron Mooy picked up an assist for Shanghai Port as they overcame Beijing Guoan 3-1 on Wednesday.

That is now two wins from two to start their season as they sit at the summit of the table.

Kenny Dougall’s Blackpool came out on top 1-0 against Bailey Wright’s Sunderland in their League One affair on Tuesday night.

The three points sees Dougall’s side edge closer to the playoffs while it is a concerning period for the Black Cats who are winless since the beginning of April.

It turned out to be an afternoon to forget for Mitch Langerak as his Nagoya Grampus were put to the sword by Kawasaki Frontale in their top of the table J League clash.

His side went down 4-0 and will hope for better when they meet again in a matter of days with their next showdown set for Tuesday afternoon.

In Serbia, Milos Degenek was given a late birthday present as his Crvena Zvezda saw off Vojvodina 1-0 in their SuperLiga encounter.

The result all but sealed a fourth-straight league title for Red Star - a third that the Socceroos defender has been involved in. 

Aziz Behich started and played 72 minutes for Kayserispor in the Turkish SuperLig as they sealed a crucial 6-3 victory over bottom of the table Denizlispor.

The three points is a massive bolter for his side as they look to remain in the Turkish top flight.

Next up on the agenda for his side is a visit to Yeni Malatyaspor on Monday.

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A debut could be on the cards for Adam Taggart with the Socceroos striker having settled in well with Cerezo Osaka since arriving in Japan.

It would be an almighty introduction to Japanese football with his side set for a showdown with arch rivals Gamba Osaka on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Thomas Deng has returned to training for Urawa Red Diamonds as he builds towards his first start of the season.

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In Scotland, Jackson Irvine and Martin Boyle will be targeting another victory as they host St Johnstone on Saturday.

It was an eventful weekend for Irvine as he opened his Hibs account as they progressed to the Scottish Cup semi-final courtesy of their penalty shootout win over Motherwell.

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Boyle was also instrumental in the win – getting his side off to the perfect start in the nail biting penalty shootout by converting his effort.

An Old Firm derby awaits Tom Rogic as his Celtic make the short trip to face Rangers on Sunday

Heading to the Championship where Harry Souttar’s Stoke City have a date with QPR on Saturday.

Playoffs are out of the question for the Potters but they will be looking to finish the season in style as they host a QPR side who sit above them in the league table.

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Meanwhile, Riley McGree and his Birmingham City meet Cardiff City in their next fixture this Saturday.

In the Danish Superligaen, Awer Mabil will be lining up for Midtjylland when they face off against Nordsjaelland on Sunday.

The two sides met as recently as Monday with Norsdjaelland scoring in the 90th minute to snatch all three points in a 3-2 win.

That defeat has widened the gap for Mabil’s side who are two points off leaders, Brondby.

Monday night will be our second chance to see Zach Duncan in action for AGF Aarhus after he returned from his ACL injury as a substitute in their last match.

Aarhus went on to lose that fixture against Kobenhavn 2-1 but they will be hoping for better this time around as they travel to the capital for the reverse fixture.

Brad Smith will be hoping to get on the scoresheet for the second week running as his Seattle Sounders host LA Galaxy on Sunday.

The Aussie fan favourite further endeared himself to Sounders supporters when he popped up with the equaliser in their 1-1 stalemate against LAFC.

Their upcoming match with the Galaxy will be a challenge with the LA side having secured back-to-back wins to start their campaign.

Finishing up in the 2. Bundesliga where Brandon Borrello’s Fortuna Dusseldorf have a home fixture against Karlsruher on Monday night.