Aussies Abroad: Thomas Deng scores screamer for first J League goal
Thomas Deng opened his J League scoring account with a long-range stunner overnight while Mitch Langerak’s Nagoya Grampus moved into third after breaking a massive winning streak.
Thomas Deng scored his first J League goal as he rocketed home Yuki Muto’s cleared free kick from all of 25 yards out to hand Urawa Red Diamond an equaliser against Vissel Kobe in their 2-1 loss on Sunday.
The defender, who failed to clear the cross for Vissel’s first goal, celebrated his maiden Urawa goal with an athletic backflip.
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However, Deng’s effort was not enough to salvage a point as Hotaru Yamaguchi’s volley on the edge of the box deflected off him and into the net to hand Vissel all three points with 10 minutes to go.
The loss leaves Urawa in seventh on the J League ladder as they look to bounce back when they host mid-table side Oita Trinita on Saturday night.
Elsewhere in Japan, Mitch Langerak kept a clean sheet in Nagoya Grampus’ 1-0 victory over league-leaders Kawasaki Frontale - who hadn't been beaten since February - as his side moved one point behind Cerezo Osaka into third.
Nagoya are back in action against mid-table side Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo on Saturday night as they look to close the nine point gap on top position.
Watch highlights from the match below.
Over to Scotland where Martin Boyle put in a full shift for Hibernian as they left it late to beat St Johnstone FC with a 91st minute penalty.
Hibs, in their best top-flight start in 46 years, are now level with Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership and are one of three sides who have yet to face defeat this campaign.
Boyle’s team will hope to continue their impressive form next Monday morning when they host mid-table side Aberdeen.
In Belgium, Danny Vukovic was back between the sticks and kept a clean sheet as Genk played out their second draw of the season in a scoreless encounter with second placed Standard Liège on Sunday night.
The draw leaves Genk in fifth on the Belgian Pro League ladder after three matches and they will look to build on their league position when they host Club Brugge KV on Sunday night.
Elsewhere in Europe, Milos Degenek put in another full shift for FK Crvena Zvezda on Saturday as they ground out a 1-0 victory against FK Proleter Novi Sad.
The win added to Crvena’s unblemished record as they moved two points clear at the top of the Serbian SuperLiga with five games played.
Degenek will be back in action against mid-table side FK TSC Bačka Topola next Monday morning.
Over to the Saudi Professional League where Craig Goodwin played 77 minutes for Al-Wehda as they recorded a 4-2 victory over bottom of the table side Al-Adalah FC on Friday night.
The win was Al-Wehda's first in three matches and it saw them move into fourth on the ladder.
Al-Wehda will look to close the three-point gap on third position when they host mid-table side Al-Taawoun FC on Wednesday morning.
In the K-League, it was a disappointing Saturday night for Adam Taggart and Terry Antonis as Suwon Bluewings lost 1-0 to bottom placed Incheon United.
Taggart played the full 90 minutes while Antonis featured off the bench in the 58th minute.
The loss leaves Suwon at the foot of the table and they will hope to pick up points in their next match against Busan IPark on Saturday night.
Elsewhere in Korea, Brandon O’Neill was not in the match day squad as Pohang Steelers lost 2-0 to Busan on Saturday night.
Next up for the Steelers is 9th placed side Seongnam FC on Sunday night.
Check out the reaction on social media to Deng's goal below!