Aussies Abroad: Rukavytsya snatches point with late heroics

A good week got even better for Nikita Rukavytsya when the recently recalled Socceroo netted a 90th-minute equaliser for his Israeli club.

The energetic forward played a full 90 minutes for Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C. with his last-gasp strike ensuring they remain two points clear of his former employers Maccabi Haifa at the top of the Israeli Premier League after nine matches.

In the French Ligue 2, Denis Genreau came on in the 62nd minute for Toulouse FC’s 0-0 draw with Quevilly-Rouen. The result sees Toulouse maintain its one-point lead in the French second division.

Meanwhile, in England, Callum Elder’s played another full 90 minutes at left-back for Hull City in their 2-0 victory over Barnsley.

Harry Souttar was in the heart of defence for Stoke City’s 1-0 triumph against Luton Town on Saturday, taking The Potters up to fifth in the Championship. 

Staying in the Championship, where midfielder Kenny Dougall was solid in another 90-minute display for Blackpool in their 1-1 draw with Queens Parks Rangers.

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In the Belgium First Division, Trent Sainsbury played a full match for KV Kortrijk in their 1-1 draw with Beerschot.

An 89th-minute equaliser rescued a point for KV who remain ninth in the league and continue their push for a top-six finish.

Meanwhile in Turkey, fullback Aziz Behich’s was solid for Giresunspor in their 0-0 draw against Sivasspor on Saturday afternoon.

Danny Vukovic was an unused substitute for NEC Nijmegen in their 0-0 stalemate with Heerenveen on Saturday evening. NEC is now seventh in Holland’s Eredivisie.

Frontman Mitchell Duke played 93 mins for Fagiano Okayama in their 1-0 victory over Montedio Yamagata, a result which sees them climb to 11th in J2 League.

In Italy’s Serie B, Fran Karacic was an unused substitute for Brescia in their 1-0 over Pordenone.

In Greece, Jimmy Jeggo played 64 minutes of Aris Thessaloniki's hard-fought 2-1 away win over NFC Volos - a match that produced three red cards after 23 minutes. 

Finally, fresh off his maiden Socceroos call-up, Gianni Stensness' week got even better as his Norwegian club Viking snatched all three points with a 92nd-minute penalty. 

The 1-0 win over Mjondalen maintained Stensness' side's place in third, leaving them three points shy of Molde in second with a game in hand. 

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