Aussies Abroad: Jeggo celebrates victory against former club, Degenek, Mabil and Smith star in wins

Caltex Socceroos midfielder James Jeggo signed off for the international break in style by helping Austria Vienna to victory against his former club Sturm Graz.

Featured image courtesy of Austria Wien on Twitter

The 27-year-old, who has three Caltex Socceroos caps, got 90 minutes under his belt before joining up with Graham Arnold’s side for Thursday’s match against Nepal at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

Jeggo signed for Sturm Graz from Hyundai A-League outfit Adelaide United in January 2016 and turned out 73 times for the club, winning the Austrian Cup in 2018, before he made the move to Vienna in July 2018.

It was a closely-fought content against his former team in the early hours of Monday morning AEDT, but Christoph Monschien’s 82th-minute effort decided it for the home side at Generali Arena.

The triumph makes it two wins in three league games for the Violets, who climb to seventh in the Austrian Bundesliga after ten games.


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Red Star late show keep Degenek on top

Milos Degenek’s Red Star Belgrade left it late to secured a dramatic, stoppage-time victory on the road against Napredak. 

Degenek’s defensive unit did their part of the deal, shutting out the home side for the duration at Station Mladost. 

It took until deep into added time for Germany international Marko Marin to find a way through and net a 97th-minute decider.

The three points extends Crvena Zvedza’s lead at the top of the Serbian SuperLiga to two points, having notched up nine wins from ten games.

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Mabil’s table-toppers land another win

Across in Denmark, Awer Mabil helped continue FC Midtjylland’s run of six away games unbeaten as the Wolves edged Silkeborg 2-1 at JYSK Park.

Emiliano Marcondes guided the ball into the corner to open the scoring for the Danish Superliga leaders after 31 minutes before Erik Sviatchenko’s header was deflected into the net for 2-0 on 67 minutes.

The newly-promoted side grabbed a consolation when Ronnie Schwartz pounced in the 92nd minute but Brian Priske’s side held on to open up their grip at the top of the division to four points.

Meanwhile, fifth-place AGF fell to a 2-0 defeat at Randers, with Mustafa Amini logging 90 minutes for the visitors.

Emil Riis Jakobsen broke the deadlock on 53 minutes before Alhaji Kamara’s late strike sealed the result at AutoC Park. 


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Smith clinches home match for Seattle in MLS Playoffs

Brad Smith and Seattle Sounders finished the Major League Soccer regular season on a high with a 1-0 win against Minnesota FC.

Panama international Roman Torres’ 29th-minute goal was enough to clinch second place in the Western Conference for the Pacific North-West side.

Smith completed 90 minutes at left-back at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders will return to their home stadium to face seventh-seed FC Dallas in the Western Conference Playoffs on October 19.

Adam Taggart and his eighth-placed Suwon Bluewings slipped to a 2-1 defeat against third-place side FC Seoul in the final game of the K-League season.

Goals from Park Chu-yong and Lee Myung-joo put Bluewings up against it at the Big Bird Stadium, before Yeom Ki-hun struck to give the home side hope.

Suwon go into the two-legged Korean FA Cup Final against third-tier side Daejeon Korail next month searching for their first win since August. 

In Turkey, Istanbul Başakşehir recorded a 2-1 win against ten-man Gazişehir to make it six games without a loss in the Turkish Super Lig.

Aziz Behich was an unused substitute as a double from French forward Enzo Crivelli earned the win for the sixth-placed club.