Aussies Abroad: Borrello fires as Freiburg keep up hot Bundesliga start, Souttar awarded star man honours

Brandon Borrello’s Freiburg SC continued their impressive start to the German Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win at newly-promoted Paderborn.

The 24-year-old from Adelaide earned his first Caltex Socceroos cap in the June 2019 friendly against Korea Republic and has since broken into head coach Christan Streich’s line-up after a season in the reserves, starting three times in the league and cup in 2019/20.

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Freiburg, who finished 13th in the 2018/19 Bundesliga, opened the new season in impressive fashion with a 3-0 win against Mainz last week, and they backed up that performance on Sunday morning AEST.

The visitors did fall behind to Streli Mamba’s third-minute effort, but Germany Under-21 international forward Luca Waldschmidt levelled after a 21st-minute penalty was awarded for handball. 

Former Bayern Munich striker Nils Petersen put Freiburg ahead on 40 minutes and, after Borrello was switched on 86 minutes for Kwon Chang-hoon, the Korea Republic international wrapped up the win in stoppage time.


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Brighton fall to first Premier League defeat

Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy’s Brighton & Hove Albion were reduced to ten men before going down 2-0 against Southampton at the AMEX Stadium.

Although a 30th-minute straight red card for Florin Andone left the Seagulls a man down for the majority of the game, Graham Potter’s team almost took the lead when Lewis Dunk’s header found the net but it was ruled out for offside against Dan Burn.

Ryan had saved Nathan Redmond’s low-struck effort but the Caltex Socceroos gloveman could do little to stop Saints substitute Moussa Djenepo breaking the home side’s resistance on 55 minutes, moments after coming on.

After Jurgen Locadia missed a golden chance to equalise and Ryan denied Stuart Armstrong, Redmond added the finishing touch in stoppage time, as Mooy remained an unused substitute.

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A brace from Benik Afobe left Jackson Irvine’s Hull City empty handed from their 3-1 Championship loss against Bristol City at the KC Stadium.

Jarrod Bowen cancelled out Afobe’s opener before half-time, but a 78th-minute own goal from Reece Burke put the Robins back in front and Afobe rounded off the win two minutes later. 

A pair of penalties from Preston North End’s Daniel Johnson condemned Massimo Luongo’s Sheffield Wednesday to a 2-1 defeat at Deepdale.

Steven Fletcher hit a response for the Owls but Luongo did not emerge from the bench as caretaker boss Lee Bullen’s side lost their grip on top spot in the Championship. 

In League One, Harry Souttar earned man of the match honours as Fleetwood Town shut down Accrington Stanley to take a 2-0 victory.

Paddy Madden got the ball rolling on 28 minutes and Ched Evans added a 71st-minute penalty before Sean McConville was dismissed for the visitors.

Elsewhere in the division, Mark Milligan’s Southend United suffered a dramatic late defeat in a 4-3 reverse against Wycombe Wanderers.

Brandon Goodship put the Shrimpers’ ahead and Stephen Humphrys netted a double, either side of Milligan putting through his own net, to make it 3-1.

Scott Kashket gave Wanderers hope and Anthony Stewart’s 89th-minute strike equalised at 3-3, before Kashket grabbed the winner in added time.

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Smith’s Sounders turn it up

Seattle Sounders’ 2-1 victory at Portland Timbers sent Brad Smith’s side second in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference.

Goals from Cristian Roldan and Raul Ruidiaz put the Washington state team in the ascendancy, but Diego Valeri hit back for the hosts at Providence Park.

Smith came on as a 66th-minute substitute for US international Jordan Morris to help Brian Schmetzer’s men lock down the three points in this Cascadia Derby.

Aziz Behich played his first Turkish Super Lig home match for Istanbul Basaksehir as visitors Fenerbahce claimed a 2-1 win. 

Enzo Crivelli fired the home side into a 32nd-minute lead, which they held for most of the game until Vedat Muriqi pulled Fener level on 77 minutes.

Morocco international winger Nabil Dirar pounced in stoppage time to snatch all three points for 28-time champions of Turkey.

Craig Goodwin played 65 minutes on his Saudi Pro League debut for Al-Wehda in a 2-0 defeat against Al-Ittifaq at King Abdul Aziz Stadium in Mecca. 

The visitors took the lead through Fwaz Altryes on 57 minutes before a late goal from Tunisian midfielder Naïm Sliti doubled the advantage.

In Japan, Mitchell Langerak’s Nagoya Grampus Eight went down 5-1 at home against high-flying J-League outfit Yokohama FM.

Two penalties from Marcos Junior, Erik Lima and a double from Keita Endo did the damage for the third-placed visitors. Jo netted a consolation as the home side stay ninth. 

And in Korea Republic, the K-League’s top goalscorer Adam Taggart fired a rare blank as Suwon Bluewings lost pace on the division’s top six.

Kim Joon-sik’s team went down 2-0 on the road against 10th-placed Gyeongnam FC with Serbian forward Uros Deric grabbing two first-half goals. 

Taggart played 86 minutes at the Changwon Football Centre before being replaced by Han Seok-hee as seventh-placed Suwon remain two points behind Daegu FC in sixth.