Aussies Abroad weekend wrap: who's entering camp in form?

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The weekend started with a bang for our Caltex Socceroos as Mat Ryan claimed his first Brighton and Hove Albion clean sheet of the season thanks to a 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday morning.

Unfortunately, injury means Ryan won't be in camp with the squad this week or play against Kuwait on Tuesday morning (AEDT). 

Brad Jones also ensured the weekend began with a flyer – the 36-year-old played another 90 minutes in a 5-1 victory for Al Nassr, who strolled to their fifth straight win of the Saudi Pro League season.

It got even better for the Australian goalkeeper’s union when Danny Vukovic’s Genk crushed Gent 5-1 to go top of the league in Belgium.

Finally, Mitch Langerak played a full game between the sticks but was unable to prevent a 2-1 J-League loss to FC Tokyo for his Nagoya Grampus.



It was a landmark weekend for Trent Sainsbury, who impressed on his starting debut in PSV Eindhoven’s 4-0 win over VVV Venlo.

Teammate Aziz Behich was afforded a late cameo for Mark van Bommel’s side, who are flying at the top of the Eredivisie ladder thanks to eight consecutive league wins.

A stoppage-time winner for Red Star Belgrade made it a good weekend for Milos Degenek, who started his sixth match in a row as the Serbian heavyweights beat Zemun 2-1.

Meanwhile, Alex Gersbach’s Rosenborg remains four points clear at the top in Norway, despite being held to a 1-1 draw against Sandefjord on Monday morning, with the Aussie left-back playing 76 minutes for the hosts.



Aaron Mooy was fielded in a new right midfield role in Huddersfield Town’s 1-1 draw with Burnley on Sunday morning, with the Terriers still searching for their maiden win of the Premier League campaign.

Like Ryan, Mooy has been forced to withdraw from the squad ahead of the Kuwait clash.

His replacement Kenny Dougall's season with Barnsley continues to go from strength to strength – the Caltex Socceroos midfielder played another 90 minutes as the Tykes hammered fellow promotion candidates Peterborough 4-0.

There were mixed fortunes in the English Championship where Jackson Irvine played 80 minutes in Hull City’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield United, while Massimo Luongo played the full match as Queens Park Rangers were held 1-1 by Derby County.

Kenny Dougall

Tom Rogic was at the forefront of Celtic’s 6-0 hammering at St Johnstone over in Scotland, with the Aussie playmaker involved in all four goals scored by James Forrest. Mark Milligan’s Hibernian also hit six of the best against Hamilton Academical, with Milligan anchoring the midfield superbly for Hibs.

Holland-based midfielders Denis Genreau and Ajdin Hrustic were also in action, with Genreau turning heads in PEC Zwolle’s 2-0 win over Excelsior, while Hrustic played another full game as Groningen went down 1-0 to Den Haag.

Elsewhere in Europe, Mustafa Amini played 90 minutes and registered an assist as AGF drew 2-2 with OB in the Danish Superliga.



Robbie Kruse returned from a calf niggle and completed 88 minutes as Bochum edged Arminia 1-0 on Saturday morning.

After returning to the pitch against Bayern Munich last week, Mathew Leckie picked up more minutes in Hertha Berlin's 0-0 draw with Mainz in the Bundesliga.

In Denmark, Awer Mabil’s FC Midtjylland had little trouble in disposing of Vendsyssel 3-0 to remain top of the ladder on goal difference after 12 games.


Mabil had another strong game for the home side and set up the opening goal on 29 minutes for Paul Onuachu.

Martin Boyle celebrated Friday’s Caltex Socceroos call-up by getting on the score sheet as Hibernian hammered Hamilton 6-0.

Finally, in Cyprus, Apostolos Giannou got through a full game as his AEK Larnaca won 2-1 at Ermis.