Aussies Abroad: Behich, Milligan make debuts, Irvine strikes for Hull

Aziz Behich and Mark Milligan made their club debuts in a bumper round for Aussies Abroad in Europe and Asia.

Join us on a trip around the globe to catch up with how our Caltex Socceroos faired on their return to club football following Graham Arnold’s camp in Turkey.

England: Irvine is back with a bang

Jackson Irvine returned to action for Hull City and scored as a substitute in the Tigers’ 2-0 win against Ipswich Town in the Championship.

Irvine was summoned by manager Nigel Adkins in the 69th minute and netted the goal which clinched all three points in the 89th minute, after Jarrod Bowen had given Hull a third-minute lead.

Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield suffered a disappointing 1-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace. The Terriers remain without a Premier League win this season, but sit above the drop zone with two points from five games.

Back in the Championship, Mile Jedinak started for Aston Villa, who fell a goal behind at Blackburn Rovers due to Bradley Dack’s 76th minute effort. 

Jedinak was withdrawn a minute later as Villa chased the game and his replacement, Conor Hourihane, netted a last-minute equaliser to ensure the points were shared in a 1-1 draw.

Massimo Luongo played 90 minutes to help Queen’s Park Rangers to a 2-1 winning effort at Bolton Wanderers. The three-point haul was only Rangers’ second win in seven league games this season.

Kenny Dougall and Barnsley were on the receiving end of a 1-0 reverse on the road against Coventry City, suffering their first defeat of the season to leave the Tykes third in League One. 

Scotland: Garuccio’s Hearts pull away from Rogic’s Celtic

Tom Rogic

Tom Rogic was left frustrated as his ten-man Celtic side were held to a 0-0 draw at St Mirren.

Olivier Ntcham was shown a second yellow card in the 37th minute to dent Celtic’s chances. Brendan Rodgers’ men still bossed the game but couldn’t find a breakthrough.

The slip up allowed Heart of Midlothian to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League to five points with a 1-0 win at Motherwell.

Ben Garuccio was an unused substitute as Hearts kept up their perfect record from five games, Oliver Bozanic came on for the last ten minutes.

Hibernian moved up to fifth place with a 3-2 triumph over Kilmarnock. With the game locked at 2-2, Neil Lennon made a double substitute on 72 minutes with Jamie Maclaren and Mark Milligan called from the bench. 

Eight minutes later, Florian Kamberi struck the decisive goal from the penalty spot to ensure Milligan’s Hibs career got off to a winning start.

Rest of Europe: Behich makes PSV bow

Aziz Behich came on  in the 79th minute to make his PSV Eindhoven debut with Mark van Bommel’s men already five goals to the good at ADO Den Haag.

The Eredivisie leaders rattled in another two goals to make it 7-0 and secure their fifth win in five league games. Trent Sainsbury was an unused substitute. 

Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Ajdin Hrustic and FC Groningen were on the receiving end of a 3-0 hiding by Ajax Amsterdam.

Danny Vukovic kept a clean sheet as KRC Genk recorded their fifth win in seven league games to stay second in the Belgian First Division table.

The Smurfs controlled the game against RSC Anderlecht and held on to a 1-0 win thanks to Sebastien Dewaest’s 48th-minute strike.

The Aussie shot-stopper was called into action five time to deny the visitors. Genk lie two points behind leaders Club Brugge in the ladder.

Milos Degenek played 90 as Red Star Belgrade dispatched ten-man FK Radnik Surdulica 6-0 to stay top of the Serbian Super Liga with seven wins from seven.

Asia: Jones goes two wins from two

In Saudi Arabia, Guiliano’s 63rd minute goal sealed a 2-1 win for Brad Jones’ Al-Nassr against Al Faisaly to make it two straight wins in the Saudi Pro League, while Matthew Jurman’s Al-Ittihad went down 3-0 against Al Qadisiyah.

In Japan, Mitch Langerak was beaten four times as Nagoya Grampus Eight lost a seven-goal thriller, 4-3, at home against bottom of league V-Varen Nagasaki.

Mitch Duke came on in the 72nd minute, with the score at 2-1, to help Shimizu S-Pulse lock up a 3-2 triumph at Kashiwa Reysol. The win puts S-Pulse into the J-League’s top half, in ninth place after 26 games.