It was quite a weekend of football for our Caltex Socceroos with a trio of Aussies starring for their respective sides ahead of Australia’s upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
With the Socceroos set to tackle Japan in Saitama (31 August) and Thailand in Melbourne (5 September) over the next fortnight, the scintillating form of Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic and Mat Leckie couldn’t come at a better time.
The mercurial Aussie playmaker was the catalyst for Celtic’s big Champions League playoff win during the week and he was against Paramount in his side’s 2-0 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend.
Rogic provided the assist for both of Celtic’s goals, the second a sublime individual run from the halfway line to set up teammate Callum McGregor for the finish.
Rogic will next be involved when Celtic tackle Kazakh outfit Astana FC in the second leg of their UCL playoff tie on Wednesday (AEST).
What a debut! The Aussie flyer got off the perfect start with new side Hertha Berlin after scoring both goals in his side’s 2-0 win over Mitch Langerak’s Vfb Stuttgart.
After moving from relegated FC Ingolstadt in the off-season, Leckie’s first Bundesliga outing with Berlin couldn’t have gone much better, netting twice in 15 second-half minutes to get his side off to the perfect start.
It’s been a good week for Leckie with the former Adelaide United winger also setting up both of Berlin’s goals in their 2-0 German Cup win over Hansa Rostock.
The 26-year-old also welcomed his first child, daughter Olivia Valentina.
The former Melbourne City midfielder’s dream start to life in the Premier League has continued, scoring a stunning winner in Huddersfield’s 1-0 triumph over Newcastle United.
In a man-of-the-match performance, Mooy curled in a delightful strike from the edge of the box just after the break to hand David Wagner’s side a second straight win to start the EPL season.
It continues a strong start to the campaign for Mooy, with the Socceroos midfielder providing an assist and playing a part in another goal in Huddersfield’s 3-0 opening day win over Crystal Palace.