Socceroos Central: Deng own goal, Luongo 'neat & tidy'

by Ben Somerford on Sep 06, 2020

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On an international weekend, Thomas Deng netted an own goal in Japan while the English League Cup allowed some action for Socceroos Massimo Luongo and Bailey Wright.

Thomas Deng scored an own goal as Urawa Red Diamonds were trounced 3-0 away to Cerezo Osaka in the Japanese J.League on Saturday.

Deng, who played a full game in defence, put the ball in his own net in the 74th minute after some good play down the right side of the box from Cerezo’s Tatsuhiro Sakamoto.

From point blank range, the ball ricocheted off Deng’s backside as he was turning in an attempt to mark his man.

Elsewhere, Mitch Langerak was beaten three times as Nagoya Grampus went down 3-1 at home to Kashima Antlers on Saturday.

Langerak was badly exposed by his defence for the first two goals although the third left a bit to be desired as Shoma Doi’s shot went under his body.

Jason Geria was absent as JEF United lost 2-0 at Kyoto Sanga in the J2.League on Saturday.

In the English League Cup first round on Saturday, Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo played a full game as Sheffield Wednesday progressed with a 4-2 shootout win over Walsall after a goalless draw.

Luongo earned a 6/10 rating from Yorkshire Live who wrote: “Broke up play well at times and was his usual neat and tidy self on the ball.

“Missed a great chance to get on the score-sheet in the closing stages.”

Socceroo Bailey Wright played a full game as Sunderland lost 5-4 on penalties to Hull City after a 0-0 draw. Callum Elder was absent for Hull.

The appearance was Wright's first since February and he impressed according to the Sunderland Echo, who gave him a 7/10 rating.

They wrote: "Dominated his battles first with Tom Eaves and then with Kean Lewis-Potter. Looked like he had never been away after months since his last appearance."

Ex-Sunderland midfielder Tom Beadling put in a full shift but missed his spotkick in the shootout as Barrow went down 3-2 on penalties to Derby County after a 0-0 draw.

Jack Iredale debuted as a 78th minute substitute for Cambridge United after moving from Carlisle as they shocked Birmingham City 1-0 on the road.

Jordan Lyden started and played 49 minutes as Swindon bowed out 3-1 to Charlton, who had Ashley Maynard-Brewer on the bench.

In Korea’s K League on Saturday, Brandon O’Neill was absent as Pohang Steelers won 3-2 over Daegu FC.

On Friday night, Adam Taggart was absent while Terry Antonis put in a full shift as Suwon Bluewings lost 1-0 at Sangju Sangmu.

On Sunday, Jason Davidson and Rashid Mahazi were both absent for Ulsan Hyundai and Incheon United respectively.

Nick Ansell was a 77th minute sub as Gyeongnam drew 3-3 with Jeju United in the K2 League on Saturday.