Aussies Abroad: Degenek seals silverware, Leckie returns in Bundesliga
Milos Degenek had a weekend to remember after his FK Crvena zvezda sealed the Serbian SuperLiga title on Saturday morning (AEST).
A 5-0 win over Rad Beograd on Saturday morning was enough for FK Crvena zvezda to secure the championship.
Their convincing win over Rad was their first match back since the league was suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Degenek was on hand to score his side’s fourth goal in that win as the club celebrated their third successive SuperLiga title.
Zach Duncan and Mustafa Amini returned to action for AGF Aarhus in the Danish top flight on Friday morning as they drew 1-1 against Randers FC. Alex Gersbach was not included in Aarhus’ matchday squad.
Duncan was in the starting line-up; however, a serious knee injury forced him off the pitch with Amini replacing him on 23 minutes.
Aarhus went behind shortly after as Randers’ Simon Piesinger opened the scoring in the 36th minute but an equaliser in the dying moments of the encounter from Patrick Mortensen ensured that Aarhus took a share of the spoils.
Brandon Borrello’s SC Freiburg suffered a 1-0 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen in their clash on Saturday morning.
Borrello was not included in the matchday squad for the fixture as his side’s European chances took another heavy blow.
Mathew Leckie featured for Hertha Berlin as they registered a 2-0 win against Augsburg on Saturday night.
The Socceroos winger entered the fray in the 65th minute with his side already 1-0 up thanks to Javairo Dilrosun’s effort after 23 minutes.
Krzysztof Piatek made sure of the three points when he scored his side’s second in the 93rd minute.
Adam Taggart and Terry Antonis were in action for Suwon Bluewings on Saturday as they drew 0-0 against Busan I’Park.
Taggart was named in the starting line-up and was replaced by Antonis at the 82nd minute mark.
Jason Davidson played the full 90 minutes for Ulsan Hyundai as they were held to a shock 1-1 draw against bottom of the ladder Gwangju FC.
Both goals were scored in the first half with Gwangju opening the scoring on 12 minutes via Eom Won-sang before an own goal 10 minutes later from Lee Han-do made it one-a-piece.
Brandon O’Neill’s Pohang Steelers toppled Rashid Mahazi’s Incheon United 4-1 in the east coast derby on Sunday night.
O’Neill was an unused substitute for the Steelers while Mahazi was not a part of Incheon’s matchday squad.
The victory sees Pohang rise to fourth place on the K League table while Incheon move down to second last and are one of four sides still searching for their first win this campaign.
Trent Sainsbury and Nikita Rukavytsya will have to wait a bit longer before they can enjoy that winning feeling after their Maccabi Haifa suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Israeli Premier League.
The Aussie pair were unable to save their side from defeat, despite them both featuring for the entirety of the encounter.
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