Aussies Abroad weekend wrap: how did your Caltex Socceroos perform?
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Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Maty Ryan was praised by Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton after the Seagulls recorded a 1-0 English Premier League win at Newcastle United.
Ryan, who missed the Kuwait friendly to manage a minor injury, made a great reflex save in the fifth minute to deny Ayoze Perez and was also on hand to keep Jonjo Shelvey’s late free-kick out.
Danny Vukovic’s Genk are three points clear on top of the table in Belgium. The goalkeeper, fresh off 90 minutes against Kuwait, helped his side to a 2-1 win over Eupen.
From Europe to Asia: in Saudi Arabia, Brad Jones was in goal as table-toppers Al-Nassr beat Al-Batin 2-0, while in Japan, Mitchell Langerak kept a clean sheet as Nagoya Grampus posted a crucial 1-0 win against fellow relegation candidates Kashiwa Reysol.
Milos Degenek’s Red Star Belgrade made it 11 wins from 12 league matches this season with a 3-1 success against Rad, with the Caltex Socceroos defender playing the full 90 minutes.
Aziz Behich came off the bench in PSV’s 6-0 thrashing of Emmen in the Netherlands, while Trent Sainsbury remained on the bench for the Eindhoven-based side.
In Scotland, Mark Milligan featured in midfield but was then moved into the heart of defence as Hibernian were beaten 4-2 by Celtic.
Meanwhile, Alex Gersbach’s Rosenborg remain on top of the table in Norway despite being held to a 0-0 draw at Lillestrom.
Gersbach, who came off the bench for the Caltex Socceroos against Kuwait last week, watched from the bench in this one, with his side two points clear of Brann after 26 rounds.
In-form Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic produced a man-of-the-match performance in Celtic’s 4-2 Scottish Premiership win over Hibernian on Sunday morning.
Rogic - who netted in Australia’s 4-0 friendly win over Kuwait on Tuesday - scored an outstanding goal and then provided an assist in a fixture that involved four players Caltex Socceroos boss Graham Arnold is keeping a close eye on.
The news was not as good for Aaron Mooy, as his Huddersfield Town side lost again - this time a 1-0 home defeat against Liverpool.
Mooy, who missed the recent Caltex Socceroos camp with a groin strain, got through 90 minutes but was left frustrated as Huddersfield’s tough start to the season continued.
In the Championship, Massimo Luongo and Jackson Irvine - midfield partners in the Caltex Socceroos’ 4-0 friendly win over Kuwait last Tuesday - both returned to club football and played the full 90 minutes.
Luongo’s QPR won 2-0 at rock-bottom Ipswich Town, taking them up to 16th.
Irvine’s Hull City moved off the foot of the table thanks to a 1-1 home draw against fellow strugglers Preston North End.
In League One, recent Caltex Socceroos squad member Kenny Dougall played 90 minutes for Barnsley, but they were beaten 2-0 at Charlton Athletic, a result that saw the Yorkshire side drop to fifth in the table.
In Denmark, Mustafa Amini continues to impress for AGF, who drew 2-2 with AAB.
AGF led twice in the match but were pegged back on both occasions to settle for a point, which sees them move to sixth spot in the Danish league.
Mathew Leckie reached an impressive milestone after again featuring for Hertha Berlin as they continued their strong start to the season in the Bundesliga.
The Caltex Socceroos winger came off the bench for the last 28 minutes as Hertha drew 1-1 with Freiburg in Berlin.
Leckie’s cameo off the bench chalked up his 100th appearance in Germany’s top flight, a sensational feat for the 27-year-old flyer.
Elsewhere in Germany, fellow Aussie winger Robbie Kruse played another 90 minutes for Bochum in the 2.Bundesliga.
In a tight affair against Hamburg, neither side was able to find a breakthrough as it ended goalless, to keep Bochum in seventh spot on the ladder.
In Scotland, aspiring Caltex Socceroo Martin Boyle was involved in both of Hibernian’s second-half goals in their 4-2 defeat to Celtic, winning the ball that led to his side’s first before calmly chipping goalkeeper Craig Gordon with 17 minutes remaining.
Awer Mabil capped a remarkable week - highlighted by his Caltex Socceroos debut and first goal - with an assist in Midtjylland’s 4-1 win over Nordsjaelland in Denmark.
Mabil started and played 63 minutes, providing a second-half assist for hat-trick hero Paul Onuachu as Midtjylland moved three points clear at the top of the table.
Striker Apostolos Giannou was a 52nd-minute substitute in AEK Larnaca’s 3-0 win over Doxa in Cyprus, while Tomi Juric was not involved in Luzern’s 2-0 home loss to Thun in Switzerland.
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