While many leagues around the globe are enjoying a Christmas break a number of Socceroos got on the scoresheet for their clubs over the weekend. Here's our wrap of the results.
Socceroo Tom Rogic has scored for Celtic yet again, firing home a sensational goal in their Scottish Premier League clash overnight.
Rogic put the Hoops back in front 18 minutes from the end against Hearts with a powerful drive from the edge of the area.
After the ball spilled to Rogic just outside the box, he lashed at it with his left foot with the ball swerving past ‘keeper Neil Alexander and going in off the underside of the crossbar.
The goal was Rogic’s sixth of the campaign in all competitions for Celtic and another stunner in what has been an impressive collection from the Aussie playmaker this season.
The 23-year-old was not the only Aussie to get his name on the scoresheet in Scotland over the weekend, with Jackson Irvine netting in Ross County’s 5-2 thumping of Dundee FC.
Irvine came on as a substitute just shy of the hour mark and scored within two minutes of being on the field, side-footing the ball home a corner to give his side a 3-2 lead.
Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak was a second-half substitute in Crystal Palace’s stalemate with AFC Bournemouth who had goalkeeper Adam Federici on the bench.
Palce are flying high in fifth on the EPL ladder, while Bournemouth are one point above reigning champions Chelsea in 14th, one win clear of the relegation zone.
Tommy Oar made an appearance for Ipswich Town in their 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers at Portman Road in the Championship but unfortunately Massimo Luongo didn’t see any minutes for the visitors.
Alex Cisak was in goals for Leyton Orient as they notched a 3-2 home win over Portsmouth in League Two.
Josh Brillante made another start for Como in the Serie B, with his side netting a 94th minute penalty to beat Salernitana 2-1 at home. It was just the second win of the season for the Italian outfit who remain bottom of the ladder.
Former Wanderers striker Nikita Rukavytsya scored a blistering equlaiser for Beitar Jerusalem in Israel as his side retained third place in the standings.
Socceroos midfielder Mark Milligan was another to add his name to the list of scorers, netting the opener for Baniyas SC inside five minutes in their 2-2 draw with Al Wahda in the UAE’s Arabian Gulf League.
Brett Holman played a full match for Emirates Club in their 1-0 loss to Al Ain also in the UAE, while James Troisi was a late substitute in Saudi Arabia where his Al Ittihad side claimed a 2-0 win.
The news wasn’t so good for striker Nathan Burns, who had to wait till extra-time to make an appearance for FC Tokyo in Japan’s Emperor’s Cup. Unfortunately they were beaten 2-1 at home in their quarter-final clash against Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
How to get around the Caltex Socceroos v Norway
The Caltex Socceroos begin their build-up towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday morning (AEDT) with a friendly clash against Norway in Oslo. It’s just the third meeting between the two nations, with Bert van Marwijk taking charge of Australia for the very first time.
We try to predict the Caltex Socceroos' starting XI for Oslo friendly
Bert van Marwijk says his players don't yet know who will start against Norway in Oslo. We try to read the Dutch master's mind ahead of his first game as Caltex Socceroos coach. GOALKEEPER Mat Ryan The Brighton and Hove Albion stopper is the incumbent number one and h
Australia's inspirational skipper declares he's fit and ready for huge 2018
The Caltex Socceroos will have a fully fit skipper when they embark on their first match in the Bert van Marwijk era. Mile Jedinak sat alongside his new national coach at the pre-game media conference ahead of Saturday morning's clash with Norway in chilly Oslo. Australia’s