Caltex Socceroos stars Aaron Mooy and Maty Ryan both tasted defeat in the English Premier League on Sunday morning (AEDT).
Mark Milligan had a better outing, though, as Hibernian booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.
And Massimo Luongo was involved in a seven-goal thriller that almost included a remarkable comeback.
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Plucky Huddersfield beaten again
Huddersfield Town lost their fourth Premier League game in a row as Arsenal travelled to Yorkshire and won 2-1.
Alex Iwobi’s deflected effort nudged them ahead in the 16th minute and Alexandre Lacazette doubled Arsenal’s advantage on the stroke of half time.
Huddersfield, to their credit, played some decent football and missed some good chances in the second half.
And although they finally broke their goal drought, which stretched 597 minutes in all competitions, it came too late.
Mooy provided a key pass in the build-up to a rather calamitous own goal but it mattered little, coming in the 93rd minute as Town remained 13 points adrift of safety.
Ryan beaten three times as Brighton’s struggles continue
Brighton and Hove Albion’s winless Premier League run was extended to six matches as they slumped to a 3-1 home defeat against Burnley.
Caltex Socceroos shot-stopper Ryan was relieved to see Burnley denied by the woodwork on two occasions in the 17th minute before a defensive error allowed New Zealand star Chris Wood through on goal.
The Kiwi made no mistake, shooting past Ryan in the 26th minute, and he doubled his account just after the hour-mark.
Ryan then brought down Ashley Barnes in the penalty area and the Burnley forward dusted himself off before netting from 12 yards.
Shane Duffy pulled a goal back for Brighton but it was no more than a consolation for the 14th-placed Seagulls.
Hibs progress, QPR denied
Still without a permanent head coach, Hibernian beat third-tier Raith Rovers 3-1 in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup at Easter Road.
Milligan played 79 minutes in the comfortable win.
Massimo Luongo’s Queens Park Rangers were close to pulling off an incredible comeback.
QPR trailed Birmingham City 4-0 in a Championship clash at Loftus Road but got within one goal and were awarded a 92nd-minute penalty.
Nakhi Wells failed to convert from 12 yards, though, in what was a pulsating match.
QPR, badly out of form, looked set for a trouncing after Che Adams scored a hat-trick within 42 minutes, but found their shooting boots to set up a grandstand finish.
QPR have now lost four league matches in a row and have dropped to 15th in the Championship.
Jackson Irvine’s Hull City lost, too, the midfielder missing a great second-half chance in a 2-0 defeat at Derby County.
Mathew Leckie missed out due to injury but his Hertha Berlin side won 3-0 at then second-placed Borussia Monchengladbach.
In Germany’s second tier, Robbie Kruse had three good chances but failed to score as VfL Bochum lost 2-1 at home to Paderborn.
In matches played on Saturday morning, Danny Vukovic’s Genk beat Standard Liege 2-0 in Belgium while Mustafa Amini’s AGF defeated Esbjerg by the same scoreline in Denmark.
And in the Netherlands, Alex Gersbach was unable to stop rock-bottom NAC Breda from losing 3-0 at home to AZ.
The news was better for fellow defender Milos Degenek, who helped Saudi Arabia Pro League table-toppers Al Hilal to a 3-2 win over Al Batin.
And Matt Jurman’s Al Ittihad continued their recent resurgence, extending their unbeaten run to four with a goalless draw against Al Taawon.
Refreshed Ryan ready for big year with club and country
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Socceroos captain Mark Milligan and coach Graham Arnold were among the ecstatic Australian support watching the Matildas’ stunning comeback victory over Brazil on Friday morning (AEST). The Matildas recorded one of the most remarkable results in FIFA Women’s World Cup history
Caltex Socceroos to participate in Copa America 2020
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