Aussies Abroad: Goodwin with another assist, Behich progresses in Turkish Cup

Craig Goodwin has continued his sparkling form in the Saudi Pro League overnight but it wasn’t enough to inspire Al Wehda to victory.

The Caltex Socceroo winger’s side lost 2-1 away at Al Taawon to drop to fourth on the table.

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After falling behind inside nine minutes, Al Wehda hit back before the break as Goodwin delivered the ball for Youssoufou Niakate to strike.

It was Goodwin’s fourth assist of the campaign – to go with his two goals – from 12 appearances.

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Despite enjoying some promising moments after the break it was the hosts that got the decisive winner midway through the second half.

The defeat snapped Al Wehda’s four-game winning streak, with Goodwin’s side next in action on Saturday, December 28 (AEDT) when they host Al Faisaly.


Elsewhere, left-back Aziz Behich played the full 90 minutes as his Istanbul Basaksehir advanced to the last 16 of the Turkish Cup.

Holding a 1-0 lead after the first leg against Hekimoglu Trabzon, the side from the Turkish capital prevailed 2-0 in the second leg with goals from Demba Ba and Muhammet Arslantas.

It was just Behich’s fourth start of the campaign but he’ll be hoping to get some more game time in the side’s trip to Kayserispor on Monday morning (AEDT).


The news wasn’t as good for Ajdin Hrustic’s FC Groningen in the Dutch Cup (KNVB Beker), with his side bundled out at home against FC Utrecht.

Hrustic started again and played 84 minutes for Danny Buijs’ side, who lost 1-0 to a 68th-minute goal from Issah Abass.

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