Aussies Abroad: Irvine sparks Hull City comeback while Taggart scores two

Jackson Irvine starred as Hull City came from two goals down to snatch a dramatic 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough in the Championship overnight.

First half efforts from Marcus Tavernier and Ashley Fletcher had the Tigers trailing two-nil at the break, but Irvine’s side rallied impressively in the second half and drew level through Jarrod Bowen’s quickfire brace.

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Irvine fed Bowen on 71 minutes for the English winger to fire home a fierce drive from long range and rescued a point just four minutes later by lashing home a loose ball in the penalty area to complete a stirring turnaround.

It leaves the Caltex Socceroo and the Tigers 14th in the English Championship table.

Meanwhile, Adam Taggart continued his sensational form in front of goal by firing a brace in Suwon Bluewings’ 4-2 win over Jeju United in the K-League.  

Taggart notched a 15th minute penalty and slotted away his 20th K-League goal later in the second half in lethal spell which saw the Bluewings slam in three goals in 11 minutes.

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Borrello starts up top for Freiburg 

Over in the Bundesliga, Brandon Borrello enjoyed his first league start since August as Freiburg held Bayer Leverkusen to a 1-1 draw.

Borrello partnered German forward Nils Petersen as the left side of a two-man strike force at the BayArena and his side took the lead via Lucas Holer’s fifth minute header.

Moussa Diaby levelled things for the hosts shortly before the interval and Borrello was withdrawn just before the hourmark. Freiburg remain in fourth position in the Bundesliga, behind Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Elsewhere, Mathew Leckie and Hertha Berlin succumbed to a 4-0 reverse at Augsburg, although the Australian was not involved in the matchday squad.

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Amini and AGF keep on motoring

In Denmark, Mustafa Amini played 90 minutes as AGF secured a third straight Danish Superliga victory with a 2-1 triumph over Brondby.

Mustapha Bundu and Patrick Mortensen had Amini’s men 2-0 up midway through the second half, a lead which they preserved despite Kamil Wilczek pulling a goal back on 76 minutes.

That result is another strong step toward European football for AGF, having missed out in heartbreaking circumstances last season. Amini’s side are currently fourth, two points behind Brondby in third after 17 matches played.


Adjun Hrustic’s Groningen continued their excellent recent Eredivisie form by sealing a 1-1 draw with Feyernoord.

Stationed on the right of a midfield four, Hrustic turned in another impressive 83-minute performance as The Pride of the North cancelled out Luis Sinisterra’s opener by Samir Memisevic’s converted penalty on the hour mark.

Hrustic’s side are ninth in the Eredivisie and have not lost since a 2-0 defeat to reigning champions and 2018/19 UEFA Champions League semi-finalists Ajax on September 29.

Ajdin Hrustic
Adjun Hrustic’s Groningen continued their excellent recent Eredivisie form overnight

In Austria, James Jeggo played 79 minutes in Austria Wien’s 0-0 stalemate at Flyeralarm Admira. The Violets are seventh in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Trent Sainsbury played the full match in Maccabi Haifa’s 3-1 win against Beitar Jerusalem, leaving the Israeli heavyweights second in the Israeli Premier League.

Craig Goodwin’s Al-Wehda beat Al Nassr 1-0 in the Saudi Pro League, with Goodwin taken off deep into injury time as his side moved fifth on the table.

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