Aussies Abroad: Mabil grabs assist as Midtjylland bow out of Europe

This season’s European dream is over for FC Midtjylland but Awer Mabil is beginning to hit his stride for the Danish Superliga powerhouse.

Mabil registered his first assist of the season for Midtjylland in Friday morning’s 3-1 second leg defeat to Rangers in the UEFA Europa League qualifying third round.


Australian flyer Mabil was summoned from the bench by coach Kenneth Andersen at half time with the Herning-based club 2-0 down and requiring a swing of five goals to progress to the next round.

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Those faint hopes were all but extinguished when Alfredo Morelos added a third for Rangers after the break, but Mabil gave travelling Midtjylland fans something to cheer about when he whipped in a low cross which was converted smoothly by Brazilian midfielder Evander in the 72nd minute.

Midtjylland lost the tie 7-3 on aggregate having gone down 4-2 to the Scottish Premiership giants in the first leg.

Next up for Mabil is a home Danish Superliga tie against Hobro on Monday morning, 12:00am AEST kick off.

Meanwhile, Caltex Socceroos striker Apostolos Giannou played a full game as AEK Larnaca went down 3-0 to Gent in their Europa League third qualifying round second leg.

AEK Larnaca lost 4-1 on aggregate to the Belgian heavyweights.

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