Aussies Abroad: Socceroos kick off European Group Stages

There was a mixed bag of results for our Aussies Abroad who kicked off their Europa League group stage fixtures this morning. 

Tom Rogic, Awer Mabil, Milos Degenek, Ajdin Hrustic and Maty Ryan are our five Socceroos participating in the competition this season. 

Starting in Seville, Rogic played 90 minutes of Celtic's dramatic 4-3 defeat to Real Betis. 

Ange Postecoglou's men raced out to a two-goal lead, but were reeled back in by their Spanish opposition to see an entertaining match end in defeat. 

In Denmark, Mabil's FC Midtjylland played host to Ludogorets of Bulgaria - playing out a 1-1 draw. 

The Socceroos attacker was introduced with 15 minutes remaining. 

Also in Group F action was Degenek and Red Star Belgrade, who will sit top after one matchday following their 2-1 win over FC Braga. 

The defender played 90 minutes in a match packed with late drama - as every goal arrived inside the final quarter of an hour. 

Both Ajdin Hrustic and Maty Ryan were unused substitutes as their clubs kicked off the campaign with a draw. 

Despite not taking to the pitch, Hrustic received a yellow card late on as Eintracht Frankfurt drew 1-1 with Fenerbache, while Ryan watched on as Real Sociedad played out a 2-2 draw with PSV in the Netherlands. 

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With Socceroos playing their second round of club fixtures since returning from the international break, Martin Boyle’s Hibernian will be looking to reach the summit of the Scottish Premiership.

With Socceroos playing their second round of club fixtures since returning from the international break, Martin Boyle’s Hibernian will be looking to reach the summit of the Scottish Premiership.

There is a multitude of Australian internationals in action throughout England, Scotland, Asia, Europe and North America and this is your chance to find when and where our Aussies Abroad will be playing over the coming days!

Boyle will be looking to continue his rich vein of form when Hibs host St Mirren on Sunday morning at 12am (AEST).

A win will see The Hibees go top of the table at least temporarily, with Rangers kicking off on Sunday evening.

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After being named the Scottish Premiership Player of the Month, Martin Boyle will be looking to continue his scoring streak this weekend

Meanwhile, Olyroos representative Cameron Devlin will be looking to make his debut for Hearts as they face an away trip to eleventh placed Ross County with kick-off scheduled for Sunday 12am (AEST).

Ange Postecoglou’s free-flowing Celtic will be looking to make it back-to-back league wins when they travel to Livingstone on Monday at 12am (AEST) with Tom Rogic expected to start.

Moving across the pond to England where Harry Souttar, Riley McGree, Callum Elder and Kenny Dougall will all be in action.

Towering defender Souttar will again be the backbone of Stoke City when they face an away trip to Wayne Rooney’s Derby on Sunday morning at 12am (AEST).

Puskas world goal of the year nominee Riley McGree will be hoping to get some minutes in the legs for Birmingham City when they face Peterborough United at Weston Homes Stadium on Sunday morning 12am (AEST).

Callum Elder will look to continue his solid performances for Hull City who sit 21st in the Championship when they host Sheffield United at 9:30pm (AEST) on Saturday evening.

Defensive midfielder Kenny Dougall will look to add to his 6 league appearances this season when Blackpool travel to a Middlesbrough side that just beat Nottingham Forrest. Kick-off is at 12am (AEST) on Sunday morning.

Moving over to Greece, where James Jeggo’s Aris Thessaloniki kick off their second Super League Greece game of the season with an away tie against Ionikos on Sunday morning at 2am (AEST).

Aris finished second in the regular season and third in the play-off in the 2020-21 season and they will be hoping to improve this time around.

Moving to Denmark, Awer Mabil’s FC Midtjylland will be looking to reclaim top spot when they travel to FC Copenhagen on Monday morning at 2am (AEST).

Elsewhere in Denmark, Lawrence Thomas’ SønderjyskE will be looking for their second league win of the season when they play Brondby on Monday morning 12am (AEST) at home.

Over in Germany, Ajdin Hrustic’s Eintracht Frankfurt are fifteenth in the Bundesliga and travel to Wolfsburg on Monday with kick-off at 3:30am (AEST). 

In the 2. Bundesliga, Jackson Irvine will again be in action for FC St. Pauli when they face Mathew Leckie’s former club Ingolstadt at home on Sunday at 9:30pm (AEST).

In Belgium, Trent Sainsbury’s KV Kortrijk host Genk at 5am (AEST) on Monday morning with Danny Vukovic sure to keep an eye on his old employers.

Over in Serbia, Milos Degenek’s Red Star Belgrade faces an away trip to Partisan on Monday with kick-off set for 2am (AEST).

Danny Vukovic’s Dutch side NEC Nijmegen will be hoping to climb into the top four when they travel to fourteenth placed Sparta on Saturday at 4am (AEST).

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In France, Denis Genreau’s Toulouse FC will be looking to extend its lead on top of the Ligue 2 ladder when they host Grenoble foot 38 on Saturday evening at 11pm (AEST).

Striker Adam Taggart will be looking to find the back of the net when Cezero Osaka plays Urawa Red Diamonds in a hotly anticipated J1 League match in Japan at 8pm (AEST) on Saturday evening.

Elsewhere in Japan, fellow forward Mitchell Duke should be in action for Fagiano Okayam when they travel to Jabillo Iowata for their J2 encounter on Saturday at 8pm (AEST).

Finally, to the USA, where former English Premier League left-back Brad Smith’s Seattle Sounders will be looking to regain top spot on the MLS Western Conference ladder when they play Real Salt Lake on Sunday morning at 11:30am (AEST).