Socceroos Central: Titles & goals galore

by Ben Somerford on Nov 10, 2019

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Adam Taggart, Terry Antonis and Brad Smith all claimed silverware over the weekend while Nikita Rukavytsya and Oliver Bozanic were among the scorers.

Adam Taggart and Terry Antonis lifted the Korean FA Cup with a 4-0 victory over Daejong Korail in the second leg of the final on Sunday.

Taggart started and played 73 minutes, while Antonis started and was replaced after 53 minutes.

The first leg had ended 0-0 but Suwon, who missed the top six in the K-League, sealed the deal in the second leg at home.

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Brad Smith also claimed some silverware as Seattle Sounders defeated Toronto FC 3-1 to lift the MLS Cup on Monday morning.

Smith started and played 61 minutes in the triumph, which was the club’s title triumph in the past four years.

Nikita Rukavytsya scored his sixth goal of the season as Maccabi Haifa defeated Beitar Jerusalem 3-1 in the Israeli Premier League on Sunday.

Rukavytsya scored his side’s second goal in the 80th minute, making it 2-1.

Rukavytsya and Trent Sainsbury both put in full shifts.

Awer Mabil claimed an assist as FC Midtjylland knocked out FC Copenhagen 4-1 in a bumper Danish Superliga clash on Sunday.

Mabil, who was replaced after 88 minutes, produced a pinpoint right-flank cross for Evander to make it 2-0 in the 42nd minute.

Oliver Bozanic was among the scorers as Hearts thrashed St Mirren 5-2 in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Bozanic netted Hearts’ third goal in the 42nd minute to make it 3-2 after a see-sawing first half.

The Australian scored with a close-range header from Michael Smith’s right-wing cross.

The Edinburgh Evening News rated Bozanic 7/10 and wrote: “Some neat interchanges from the Australian which saw him put Hearts ahead for a third time. Was much quieter after the break.”

Mathew Leckie made his first club appearance since early October as Hertha BSC lost 4-2 at home to RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga.

Leckie was an 87th minute substitute in the defeat.

Mat Ryan was in goal as Brighton & Hove Albion lost 3-1 at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Ryan was busy as the Red Devils dominated the clash, where Aaron Mooy was an unused sub for the Seagulls.

Ryan earned a 7/10 rating from the Brighton & Hove Independent who wrote: “Could not fault him for the goals and produced a number of good saves in the second half.”

Jackson Irvine and Callum Elder both played full games as Hull City lost 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Alboin in the English Championship.

Irvine earned a 7/10 from the Hull Daily Mail, who wrote: “The Australian was pushed further up the field into a number 10 role and set up Grosicki’s early chance with a fine pass.

“Should have equalised himself from close range but never ceased in his efforts.”

Elder received a 7/10 from the Hull Daily Mail, who wrote: “Often left exposed by West Brom’s counters down his flank in the first half but quick and dogged enough to cover.

“Little of the attacking threat previously seen but he can sign off on an encouraging month.”

Kenny Dougall put in a full shift as Barnsley dropped into bottom spot after a 4-2 home loss to struggling Stoke City who had Adam Federici on the bench.

Young Aussie keeper Ash Maynard-Brewer was an unused sub as Charlton lost 2-1 at Millwall.

Massimo Luongo was absent due to an ankle complaint as Sheffield Wednesday drew 2-2 with Swansea City.

In Japan, Mitch Langerak kept a clean sheet as Nagoya Grampus defeated Vissel Kobe 3-0 in a significant win in their relegation battle.

Full games

Lyndon Dykes, James Holland, Fran Karacic, Harry Souttar, Cameron Burgess, Jack Iredale
Ajdin Hrustic – ST 66, Martin Boyle – SB 82, Jimmy Jeggo – ST 83, Zach Duncan – SB 66, Ryan Edwards – ST 73, James Cummings – ST 57
Unused subs
Brandon Borrello, Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Tom Rogic, Alex Gersbach, Anthony Kalik, Mark Milligan, Jason Geria
Notable absentees
Apostolos Giannou, Bailey Wright, Mustafa Amini