Socceroos Spotlight: Luongo, Behich take staggering stats into Norway friendly

Bert van Marwijk will be blessed with the arrival of several in-form stars as his squad assembles in Oslo for the first of two friendlies.

AFC Asian Cup winners Massimo Luongo and Aziz Behich are among those at the peak of their powers for the new Caltex Socceroos' coach's first camp.

Find out why with the stunning statistics below.

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Luongo continued his rich vein of form in front of goal by kick-starting Queens Park Rangers' come-from-behind 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.

At the scene of next week's friendly against Colombia, Luongo scored with a sweet effort on the turn for his fourth goal of 2018 and third in five matches - as many he netted in his first 99 appearances for QPR.

It capped off a tireless display, with no player on the pitch making more tackles or interceptions, while he also topped his team's count for passes and was their joint-leader in clearances.

Speaking after the match, Luongo was upbeat over the form that has seen the Rs climb to 15th.

"We're not looking down anymore, that's the bonus. We've corrected things over the season," he said.

"We haven't quite got it right when we've come away [but] we've improved.

"This is a nice place to be at the moment."


Luongo wasn't the only Caltex Socceroo compiling impressive numbers over the weekend with Behich shining yet again in Turkey.

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Along with an excellent assist for the game's only goal, Behich led the match in touches, passes and possession gained as Bursaspor beat eighth-placed Sivasspor 1-0.

It's little wonder the left-back believes he's in career-best form.


Mat Ryan has been a similar standout in Brighton and Hove Albion's commendable adjustment to life in the Premier League.

The agile shot-stopper has appeared in all 30 of his team's league matches, proving key to a defence that has conceded just 40 goals - a number bettered by only six other clubs.

His value to the Seagulls was illustrated by a tweet from the BHAFC Stats account over the weekend, highlighting just how well-rounded the 25-year-old's game has become.