Aussies Abroad: Degenek’s Red Star secure precious Champions League win

Caltex Socceroos defender Milos Degenek has helped Red Star Belgrade to a memorable win in the UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday morning (AEST).

Degenek played a full match in the heart of defence as the Serbian outfit came from a goal down to beat Greek giants Olympiacos 3-1 in Belgrade.

Red Star trailed 1-0 at the break to Ruben Semedo’s goal before storming back to win in front of a raucous atmosphere at the Stadion Rajko Mitic.

Milos Vulic equalised for the home side on 62 minutes – soon after Yassine Benzia was shown a red card for Olympiacos.

Red Star then rammed home their advantage late on, scoring twice in the last three minutes to seal a famous win.

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Both Nemanja Milunovic and Richmond Boakye scored with towering headers from Marko Marin corners to secure three points which has taken Red Star to second spot in Group B.

Degenek was immense at the back for Red Star, making five clearances, winning three key aerial duels and hitting the mark with 51 passes.


Meanwhile in England’s Championship, Jackson Irvine’s Hull City secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Massimo Luongo’s Sheffield Wednesday.

In a gripping contest that could have gone either way, it was Tom Eaves’ 72nd-minute header which was the difference at the KCOM Stadium.

Irvine was one of the Tigers’ best in the heart of midfield, playing another 90 minutes for Grant McCann’s men, while Luongo was an unused substitute for the Owls.

The result has taken Hull up to 12th spot ahead of a trip to Huddersfield Town this weekend.

Sheffield Wednesday are currently eighth after 10 matches and host Wigan Athletic on Sunday morning (AEST).

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