Aussies Abroad: Mabil’s birthday delight, Hrustic hits screamer
Caltex Socceroo Awer Mabil celebrated his birthday in style with FC Midtjylland.
Mabil – who turned 24 yesterday - scored his second goal of the campaign as Midtjylland beat Lyngby 3-0 to move four points clear of Copenhagen at the Danish Superliga summit.
A second half substitute in Australia’s 3-0 win over Kuwait last Wednesday morning, Mabil returned to Denmark and broke the deadlock for the Wolves after re-adjusting inside the box and whipping the ball past Lyngby goalkeeper Thomas Mikkelsen.
Midtjylland doubled their lead via Mikael Anderson and iced the contest through Erik Sviatchenko, as Mabil completed his first 90-minute outing of the league season.
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Mabil’s Wolves side boast a four-point advantage over reigning Superliga winners Copenhagen, who they face next Monday morning at 2:00am AEST.
Elsewhere in Denmark, Mustafa Amini starred for AGF in their 3-0 win over AaB Aalborg.
Amini registered an assist for hat-trick hero Mustapha Bundu's second goal, after striding forward and releasing the Sierra Leone forward in on goal.
The Caltex Socceroo played the full match, with AGF securing a fourth win in a row to go fourth on the ladder. Alex Gersbach was an unused substitute.
Hrustic nets screamer in Eredivisie
Ajdin Hrustic scored a sensational goal for Groningen but it wasn't enough to avoid a 2-1 defeat to VVV-Venlo in the Eredivisie on Sunday evening.
The 23-year-old Caltex Socceroo cancelled out John Yeboah's opener on the stroke of half time by spinning away from his marker and unleashing a beautiful 30-metre strike that left goalkeeper Thorsten Kirschbaum with no chance.
And he came closer to knocking in a second and putting his side in front with an 81st minute free-kick with clattered agonisingly off the post.
Three minutes later, VVV-Venlo - outshot 5-17 by Groningen on the occasion - scored the winner through teenage Dutchman Evert Linthorst.
Taggart silenced in Korea Republic
K-League top gun Adam Taggart fired a rare blank as Suwon Bluewings were held 0-0 by Seongnam in the K-League.
After leading the line in Australia's 3-0 win over Kuwait, Taggart was handed 69 minutes by coach Lee Lim-saeng but could not add to his season tally of 16.
In England, Massimo Luongo was an unused substitute in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Sunday evening.
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Veteran goalscorer Steven Fletcher and Sam Winnall added a goal each half as the Owls gave new boss Gary Monk a winning start.
James Jeggo was also rested by Austria Wien manager Christian Ilzer as the Violets crumbled to three goals in the final 22 minutes in a 3-0 defeat at Wolfsberg.
Stateside, Brad Smith played the full match for Seattle Sounders in their 4-2 win over New York Red Bulls, while Craig Goodwin played full game for Al-Wehda in a 2-1 win.
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