Aussies Abroad: Rogic’s Celtic bounce back, Mabil stars in Denmark

Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic has helped Celtic return to winning ways in the Scottish Premier League after seeing off Hamilton Academical overnight.

After a last-start defeat in the SPL, the Hoops bounced back with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Celtic Park thanks to defender Dedryck Boyata’s second-half strike.

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From Leigh Griffiths’ corner, Mikael Lustig headed the ball back into Boyata’s path and the Belgian was on hand to apply the finish.

Rogic, who started and played 68 minutes for the hosts, had some bright moments, teeing up James Forrest for a chance with a slicing run and pass in the first half.

The classy Aussie also had two efforts on goal of his own in the opening 45 minutes but was unable to beat Hamilton keeper Gary Woods.

The victory moves Celtic up to second spot after three matches, three points behind unbeaten Hearts.

Elsewhere in the SPL, midfielder Andy Rose played 84 minutes for Motherwell as they scored in the final minute of stoppage time to snatch a 3-3 draw with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.

Mabil off the mark in Denmark

Former Adelaide United flyer Awer Mabil has scored his first goal for Danish club FC Midtjylland in their 3-0 drubbing of Randers in the Superliga.

In a man-of-the-match display, the 22-year-old scored the opener in first-half stoppage time before providing the assist for Mayron George’s goal 17 minutes from the end.

Mabil, who is back at Midtjylland after solid loan spells with Portugal’s Pacos de Ferreira and fellow Danish Superliga club Esbjerg, has been superb in four outings this season and is reportedly on Graham Arnold’s radar for a Caltex Soccer call-up.

“It always feels good to score and even better to win,” Mabil told Midtjylland’s website.

“I’m getting sharper and more confident with the team.

“I’m growing with the team and slowly getting more understanding of what my teammates want and what I can do for the team.”

After seven matches of the Danish Superliga, Midtjylland sits in second spot, two points off league-leaders FC Copenhagen.

Vukovic’s five-goal thriller in Belgium

Danny Vukovic’s Genk has moved to the top of the ladder in Belgium after a dramatic 3-2 win over Waasland Beveren on Monday morning (AEST).

Genk trailed 2-1 with just 12 minutes left before goals from Mbwana Samatta and a Max Caufriez own goal saw them escape with victory at the Luminus Arena.

It’s been a fantastic start to the campaign for Genk, who remain unbeaten in the league and on the cusp of qualifying for this season’s Europa League competition.

And Vukovic has been a key contributor for the side, making another couple of key stops against Beveren to keep his side in the match before their late fightback.

Williams wins Championship’s all-Aussie battle

There were Aussies on both sides of the pitch in the Championship on Sunday night, with Ryan Williams’ Rotherham United securing a crucial 1-0 win over James Meredith’s Millwall.

The pair both got through the 90 minutes for their respective sides, with Sean Raggett’s 20th-minute goal proving the difference at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The result means newly-promoted Rotherham have leapfrogged the Lions on the Championship ladder, sitting 15th and 16th respectively after five rounds, just above the drop zone.


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