Degenek hits the net in Serbia, Rogic scores on first start

Caltex Socceroos defender Milos Degenek scored for Red Star Belgrade to help his side to a crucial win in Serbia’s Super Liga overnight.

Degenek scored the opening goal as Red Star prevailed 3-1 at Vozdovac to move into a share of top spot on the ladder.

The 25-year-old, who played a key role in Red Star’s UEFA Champions League qualification last month, swept home from close range as he got on the end of Marko Marin’s free-kick.

Further goals either side of the break from El Fardou Ben Nabouhane and Aleksa Vokanovic was enough for the side from Belgrade to register their seventh win from eight league matches in 2019/20.

Red Star only trail league-leaders Backa Topola on goal difference, although they do have a game in hand.

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Degenek’s side faces Macva Sabac in the league this weekend before hosting Greek champions Olympiakos in the UCL on Wednesday (AEST).

Elsewhere, Tom Rogic marked his first Celtic start of the season in style with a goal in the big win over Partick Thistle in Scotland’s League Cup.

Rogic scored the Hoops’ second goal in their 5-0 quarter final win at Celtic Park.

The 26-year-old curled in a neat finish from the top of the box early in the second half as Celtic moved into the last four of the competition.

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In Israel, Nikita Rukavytsya scored as Maccabi Haifa overcame Maccabi Netanya 3-0 to move top of the league.

James Jeggo returned to Austria Wien’s starting line-up but his side were beaten in extra-time in the Austrian Cup 5-2 at Swarovski Tirol.

Striker Adam Taggart was a second-half substitute for Suwon Bluewings in Korea, playing the last 35 minutes as they lost 2-0 at home against Ulsan Hyundai.

There was also another 90 minutes for Ajdin Hrustic in the Eredivisie, with his FC Groningen going down 3-1 at PSV Eindhoven.

On Wednesday, there was no birthday joy for Massimo Luongo whose Sheffield Wednesday lost to Premier League side Everton in the Carabao (League) Cup.

Luongo, who turned 27, played the full 90 minutes for his Championship side as they went down 2-0 at home, with both goals scored in the first 10 minutes by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Meanwhile,  Ryan Williams' Portsmouth also lost to EPL opposition, going down 4-0 against Southampton.

Williams, who made his Caltex Socceroos debut in June's friendly against Korea Republic, played 78 minutes for the League One outfit.

Watch as Mustafa Amini and Ajdin Hrustic scored goals on the weekend