Socceroos Central: Goals to Rogic & Luongo

by Ben Somerford on Apr 15, 2019

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Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic and Massimo Luongo both hit the scoresheet in the highlight of the weekend’s Aussies abroad action.

In the Scottish FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday, Tom Rogic came off the bench to seal Celtic’s spot in the decider with the third goal in a 3-0 win over Aberdeen.

Rogic, who was a 42nd minute substitute for the injured Ryan Christie, netted in the 69th minute of the victory.

The Australian drilled in a low left-foot shot for his goal after Mikael Lustig’s free-kick was initially blocked by the Aberdeen wall.

The strike was Rogic’s first goal in more than four months, following an injury which sidelined him at Celtic.

The initial free-kick had occurred after Rogic escaped injury following a nasty challenge from Lewis Ferguson, who was sent off for the tackle.

Rogic earned a 8/10 rating from The Scotsman, who wrote: “Was more involved in open play than Christie and netted Celtic's third with a low shot from 20 yards.”

Meanwhile in the English Championship on Saturday, Massimo Luongo also put the icing on the cake for QPR with their fourth goal in a 4-0 win over Swansea City.

Luongo scurried the ball home in the 54th minute after a goalmouth scramble in the win which eases QPR’s relegation fears.

The Australian put in a fine display, earning an 8/0 rating from Football.London who wrote: “Got stuck in high up the field, putting his team-mates in dangerous positions within sight of goal.

“Got his reward early in the second half when he was on hand to fire home and remove any concerns about a potential Swansea comeback.”

In the Japanese J.League on Saturday, Mitchell Langerak had to be replaced after half an hour after a head knock in Nagoya Grampus’ 1-1 draw away to Ange Postecoglou’s Yokohama F. Marinos.

Langerak was stretchered off after spending several minutes on the deck, having had the back of his head accidentally struck by opponent Keita Endo’s knee.

Grampus manager Yahiro Kazama said: “He has a concussion. I haven’t heard anything (from our medical staff) but it doesn’t sound like it was much more serious than that.”

Returning to the Championship on Saturday, Mile Jedinak put in a rare full shift for Aston Villa in a 2-1 win over Bailey Wright's Bristol City which boosted their promotion prospects.

Jedinak was called up to start in the centre of defence, with Tyrone Mings out suspended.

The Birmingham Mail rated him 7/10 and wrote: "Back in the starting XI because of Mings’ suspension, and he coped relatively well.

"It was all change at the heart of defence for Villa, without the colossal Mings and Hause, and though there were a few hairy moments towards the end - naturally!"

Elsewhere, Jackson Irvine put in a full shift as Hull City went down 1-0 at Middlesbrough.

Irvine earned a 6/10 rating from the Hull Daily Mail: "Wasteful with his passing at times but produced an excellent cross from the right that should have brought City a penalty."

"Boro’s midfield used the ball better and eventually came out on top against their visitors."

Young Scotland-born Australian defender Harry Souttar was sent off in League One a Fleetwood Town lost 4-2 at Barnsley.

Souttar was sent off in the 65th minute for an elbow in an aerial challenge with Cameron McGeehan, which Town have now appealed.

Full Games

Mat Ryan, Mathew Leckie, Danny Vukovic, James Holland, Apostolos Giannou, Lyndon Dykes, Scott McDonald, Milos Degenek, Jack Duncan, Brad Jones, Adam Taggart, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Brad Smith
Aaron Mooy - SB 82, Panos Armenakas - SB 68, Ryan Williams - SB 69, Bradden Inman - SB 76, Oliver Bozanic - SB 76, Tom Beadling - ST 38, Andrew Nabbout - SB 83, Rhys Williams - ST 70
Unused Subs
Trent Sainsbury, Aziz Behich, Dean Bouzanis, Awer Mabil, Brent McGrath, James Meredith, Bailey Wright, Adam Federici, Cameron Burgess, Steve Lustica
Notable Absentees
Denis Genreau, Alex Gersbach, Ajdin Hrustic, Robbie Kruse, Jimmy Jeggo, Tomi Juric