Aussies Abroad: Socceroos strikers fire in Japan

Over the last few days a pair of Socceroos strikers found the back of the net in Japan, while attack trumped defence when Awer Mabil met Lawrence Thomas in Denmark. 

A top performance from Harry Souttar helped another meeting of two Aussies over in England end scoreless, Tom Rogic continued his Celtic form with another assist, and Denis Genreau debuted with his new club over in France. 

We've got you covered with all of the latest updates in this weekend's Aussies Abroad wrap! 


Adam Taggart netted his first J.League goal over the weekend, but unfortunately it would come in a disappointing context.  

Taggart headed home in first half additional time to draw Cerezo Osaka level with Avispa Fukuoka, but unfortunately his side went on to suffer a 2-1 defeat after conceding in the 96th minute.

Meanwhile in the J.League 2, Mitch Duke headed home a maiden goal of his own for new club Fagiano Okayama.

After falling behind with ten minutes remaining, Duke helped his side snatch a point away to Machida Zelvia, flicking on a well-taken header in the 87th minute.

Heading from Asia to Europe, Awer Mabil's FC Midtjylland came up trumps over Lawrence Thomas' SønderjyskE on Friday night. 

The Socceroos goalkeeper started but conceded inside five minutes, before Mabil was introduced just after the hour mark - going on to grab an assist for the away side's second goal that sealed the result. 

The Danish Super Lig table is starting to take shape with five rounds played, as Midtjylland maintained their second position, a point shy of early frontrunners Randers. 

SønderjyskE are currently eighth, with a solitary win to their name. 

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Over in France, Denis Genreau enjoyed his first appearance for Ligue 2 outfit Toulouse FC. 

The Socceroos and Olyroos midfielder was introduced in the 76th minute of his side's 1-0 win over SC Bastia. 

The three points took Toulouse clear of Paris FC into top spot on the league ladder - where they will be hoping to remain, in order to seal automatic promotion to the French top flight. 

Our Scottish Socceroos were in Cup action over the weekend, with Tom Rogic maintaining his place in Celtic's starting eleven. 

Rogic played 75 minutes of Ange Postecoglou's side's 3-2 win over Hearts, setting up Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi for the Hoops' third. 

Sunday also marked a rare occasion this season where Martin Boyle did not find the back of the net, but either way, he played his part in an 85-minute performance that helped Hibernian advance with a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock. 

In the English Championship, Harry Souttar delivered back-to-back Man of the Match performances, backing up his heroics in the cup midweek with a solid display in Stoke City's 0-0 draw with Birmingham City. 

Fellow Socceroo Riley McGree remained an unused substitute during the Round 2 clash. 

Over at Bloomfield Road, there were some promising signs but in the end a 2-0 defeat for Kenny Dougall's Blackpool FC to Cardiff City.

The Socceroos midfielder made his first start of the Championship season, playing 90 minutes against the Wales-based side. 

The Bundesliga returned to action over the weekend - with Ajdin Hrustic involved in a huge clash between Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt. 

A goal-packed encounter would unfortunately end in defeat for Hrustic's team, with a brace from starlet Erling Haaland inspiring the home side to a 5-2 victory. 

Hrustic was introduced as a second-half substitute and delivered a corner that led to Frankfurt's late consolation goal. 

Brandon Borrello's Bundesliga 2. side Dynamo Dresden defeated Hannover 96 over the weekend, but unfortunately the Socceroos attacker was not involved - and is set for an extended stint on the sidelines. 

The club confirmed that Borrello suffered a broken metatarsal fracture in his left foot during training last week, meaning he will be ruled out of action for an indefinite period. 

“I am very disappointed that I will now fail for the time being and that I will no longer be able to stand on the pitch with the boys. We started the season well and I felt great. When it happened, because of the severe pain, I immediately realized that it would probably be something worse. Now I have no choice but to focus on my recovery and then fully attack again," Borrello told Dynamo Dresden's website. 

In Belgium, Trent Sainsbury played the first half of FC Kortrijk's 2-0 defeat away to league leaders Union St. Gilloise.

And finally, the opening day of the Dutch Eredivise saw Danny Vukovic named among the substitutes as NEC Nijmegen started their season with a result to forget: a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Ajax.