Socceroos Central: Arzani debut, Boyle & Leckie assists

by Ben Somerford on Sep 20, 2020

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Daniel Arzani and Brandon Borrello made their debuts for new clubs, Mathew Leckie got an assist in the Bundesliga and Deni Juric got his maiden goal in the Croatian top flight.

Mathew Leckie came off the bench to set up a late goal as Hertha Berlin won 4-1 away to Werder Bremen in the opening weekend of the German Bundesliga on Saturday.

Leckie, who was linked with a move away from Hertha last season, was an 81st minute substitute and helped his side to their final goal.

The Socceroo burst clear in attack, before poking a central ball for Jhon Cordoba to convert to make it 4-1 in the 90th minute.

On Sunday, Mat Ryan kept a clean sheet as Brighton & Hove Albion collected their first points the new Premier League season with a 3-0 victory away to Newcastle.

Ryan received a 6/10 rating from 90min who wrote: “A dominant Seagull display meant the Aussie shot-stopper was merely a spectator for the most part.”

Newcastle didn’t register one shot on target to test Ryan, with their best chance coming in the second half when Callum Wilson found space inside the box but headed over.

Martin Boyle set up both of Hibernian’s goals in their 2-2 draw with Rangers in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Boyle, who played a full game, helped Hibs continue their strong start to the campaign with a display which earned a 8/10 rating from the Scottish Herald.

The Socceroo picked up a loose ball on the right side of the box, before some trickery and low cutback for Drey Wright to open the scoring on 22 minutes.

Trailing 2-1 in the 71st minute, Boyle did brilliantly to retain the ball inside the box before showing composure to lift a cross for Christian Doidge to head home.

The Herald wrote: “Did well to fend off Borna Barisic wide on the right and supply Wright before the opening goal. Could have done better at Morelos’s equaliser. But he atoned by supplying Dodige for the second.”

Tom Rogic was back on the bench for Celtic as they won 3-2 over Livingston in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Daniel Arzani made his debut for his new Dutch club FC Utrecht on Friday night, coming off the bench in a 1-1 draw at VVV Venlo in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Arzani, who joined Utrecht on loan last month from Manchester City, was a 68th minute substitute in their second league fixture of the 2020-21 season.

On Sunday, Ajdin Hrustic started and played 83 minutes as FC Groningen recorded a 1-0 victory away to ADO Den Haag.

Brandon Borrello also made his debut for Fortuna Dusseldorf, starting and playing 74 minutes in a 2-1 loss away to Hamburg SV in the German 2.Bundesliga on Friday night.

Earlier this month, 25-year-old Borrello joined Dusseldorf from SC Freiburg on a one-season loan.

Awer Mabil was a 70th minute substitute as FC Midjtylland won 1-0 over Lyngby in the Danish Superliga on Saturday.

Lawrence Thomas was beaten four times in goal as SonderjyskE went down 4-1 at Vejle on Sunday.

Thomas had to face up to two penalties, getting a solid hand on the first one but he couldn't keep it out.

Jimmy Jeggo put in a full shift as Aris won 1-0 at Volos in the Greek Super League on Sunday.

Danny Vukovic played a full game as Genk triumphed 3-1 over Mechelen in the Belgian First Division A on Sunday.

Trent Sainsbury was an unused sub as Kortrijk lost 2-1 at Standard Liege on Sunday.

Aziz Behich was absent as Istanbul Basaksehir lost 2-0 at home to Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday.

James Holland started and played 86 minutes in LASK Linz’s 1-1 draw away to Swarovski Tirol in the Austrian Bundesliga on Saturday.

Deni Juric scored his first Croatian top flight goal as NK Sibenik won 3-2 over Fran Karacic’s Lokomotiva in the Prva HNL on Friday night.

Juric, brother of Socceroo Tomi, made it 2-1 in the 39th minute, having netted 10 goals last season for second tier Rudes.

He was replaced in the 75th minute, while fellow Aussie Doni Grdic was an 81st minute sub. Karacic put in a full shift for Lokomotiva.

Anthony Kalik was a 79th minute substitute as HNK Gorica scored late to grab a 2-2 draw with Istra 1961 on Friday.

Milos Degenek started in defnce as Red Star Belgrade continued their perfect start with a 6-0 win over Vozdovac in the Serbian SuperLiga on Sunday. 

Massimo Luongo put in full shift and got a 6/10 rating from Yorkshire Live as Sheffield Wednesday drew 0-0 with Watford in the English Championship on Saturday.

Yorkshire Live wrote: “There were a few misplaced passes from the Australian international but he covered so much ground in the centre. Put in several crunching tackles to disrupt Watford's rhythm.”

On Sunday, Harry Souttar was absent as Stoke City lost 2-0 at home to Bristol City.

New signing George Blackwood was an unused sub for Harry Kewell’s Oldham Athletic as they lost 3-0 at Stevenage in England’s League One on Saturday.

Ryan Edwards and Cameron Burgess both played full games as Burton Albion defeated Accrington Stanley 2-1.

Callum Elder put in a full shift at left-back as Hull City beat Crewe Alexandra 1-0, while Ash Maynard-Brewer was an unused sub for Charlton lost 3-1 to Doncaster.

Bailey Wright played a full game and earned a 8/10 rating from the Sunderland Echo as Sunderland claimed 2-0 away to Oxford United.

The Sunderland Echo wrote: “Had looked a little uncertain last week but here was back to his normal self. Absolutely dominant in his battle with the two Oxford strikers, who barely had a sign on goal from open play.”

On Sunday, Ryan Williams was an unused sub as Portsmouth drew 0-0 with Rochdale.

Tom Beadling played a full game for Barrow while Jack Iredale was an unused sub for Cambridge United in League Two on Saturday.

In the Japanese J.League on Saturday, Mitch Langerak played a full game as Nagoya Grampus edged Vissel Kobe 2-1.

Thomas Deng started and played 82 minutes as Urawa Reds were beaten 3-0 at home by Kawasaki Frontale on Sunday.

Jason Geria was absent as JEF United won 2-1 over Fagiano Okayama in J2.

Terry Antonis started and played 62 minutes while Adam Taggart was a half-time sub as Suwon Bluewings claimed a crucial come-from-behind 2-1 win at Gangwon in the Korean K League on Sunday.

Antonis had a 17th minute chance when he got in behind the Gangwon defence, twisting and turning before his shot was eventually smothered.

Taggart’s best chance came in the 62nd minute when Antonis headed to him. The Socceroo brought it down expertly before his near-post snapshot went wide.

Brandon O’Neill, Rashid Mahazi and Jason Davidson were all absent for their K League teams.

Connor Chapman put in a full shift as Daejeon Hana Citizen went down to Seoul E-Land 2-1 in the K2 League.