Socceroos Central: Jedinak winner, Langerak heroics

by Ben Somerford on May 13, 2018

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Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak headed Aston Villa towards the promotion play-off at Wembley, while Mitchell Langerak was outstanding in Japan.

Firstly to the Scottish Premiership on Sunday where Jamie Maclaren became the first Australian to score a hat-trick in a top European league since 2015 with a treble in Hibernian’s 5-5 draw with Rangers.

Maclaren won his side an early penalty and headed home to make it 3-0 after 22 minutes before an unbelievable comeback with Rangers netting five unanswered goals.

Trailing 5-3 after Rangers’ comeback, Maclaren stepped up with a good finish inside the box on 70 minutes.

He levelled in the third minute of stoppage-time, stabbing home from close range after Brandon Barker’s left-flank cross.

Maclaren finishes his Hibs loan spell with eight goals from 15 appearances.

Elsewhere, Tom Rogic put in a full shift as Celtic lost 1-0 at home to Aberdeen, who clinched second spot ahead of Rangers.

In the Championship promotion play-offs, Mile Jedinak netted the match-winner as Aston Villa triumphed 1-0 at Middlesbrough in the first leg.

Jedinak rose high at the near post to glance home Jack Grealish’s 15th minute corner.

The Australian put in a strong display, playing the full 90 minutes, and justifying boss Steve Bruce’s decision to play him ahead of Glenn Whelan.

Bruce said: "Look, I felt dreadful yesterday having to tell Glenn Whelan that he wasn't in the team.

"Those are the horrible decisions you have to make as a manager sometimes. Especially because he's done so well lately.

"But I just thought Jedinak's presence was needed in there. Thankfully he's come up with a goal at the other end – that wasn't in his remit!

"He was there because Tony Pulis' team score a lot of set-pieces. He was very good all round."

In the English Premier League on Sunday, Aaron Mooy put in an 8/10 display as Huddersfield finished the season with a 1-0 home loss to Arsenal.

Mooy hit the crossbar in the second half and earned a good rating from the Huddersfield Examiner.

The Examiner wrote: “Kept up his fine form from the last two games. Strong in attack and defence and got his passing spot on. – 8”

Mat Ryan had a busy shift, making some good saves, as Brighton & Hove Albion lost 4-0 to Liverpool. 

In the Japanese J.League on Saturday, Mitchell Langerak kept Nagoya Grampus in the contest with a trio of brilliant first-half saves in a 3-0 loss to V-Varen Nagazaki.

Langerak was beaten in the third minute when Keita Nakamura powered a shot past him, but the Australian soon denied Juanma with a reflex save when in one-on-one.

The Socceroo made another super save when Nagazaki opened up Nagoya, thwarting Takashi Sawada who had got in unmarked inside the box.

Langerak added another top stop when Shogo Nakahara fired a low shot from a rebound after a curling effort hit the crossbar.

His efforts were in vein, when Nagazaki turned over the ball allowing Nakamura to make it 2-0 shortly after half-time, before Musashi Suzuki headed a third.

Elsewhere, Andrew Nabbout was worryingly absent again after suffering a shoulder injury, as Urawa Reds drew 0-0 with Sagan Tosu.

Socceroo Mathew Leckie put in a full shift as Hertha BSC ended the Bundesliga season with a 6-2 home loss to RB Leipzig. Hertha finished 10th.

Ryan Edwards started and played 56 minutes as Partick Thistle claimed a 1-0 win at Dundee in the Scottish Premiership to ensure they avoid automatic relegation.

Edwards’ Partick are destined for the play-offs. For Dundee, Jesse Curran was an unused sub as they finished third in the relegation group.

Others
Full games

Awer Mabil, Danny Vukovic, Robbie Kruse, Jimmy Jeggo, James Holland, Alex Gersbach, David Williams, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman
Minutes
Ryan Williams – ST 90, Mitch Duke – SB 81, Connor Chapman – ST 72, Bernie Ibini – ST 83
Unused subs
Apostolos Giannou, Tommy Oar, Cameron Burgess, Dylan McGowan
Notable absentees
Tomi Juric, Kwame Yeboah, Ben Halloran, Aleksandar Susnjar, Golgol Mebrahtu, Andrew Nabbout, Jason Geria, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Tomi Mrcela, Kwabena Appiah-Kubi