Socceroos Central: Juric's 'dubious' sending off

by Ben Somerford on Dec 03, 2017

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Socceroo Tomi Juric was sent off in controversial circumstances for an alleged dive, while Mat Ryan conceded five goals against Liverpool and Ryan Williams scored in England’s third tier.

Firstly to the Swiss Super League where Tomi Juric was given his marching orders in the 81st minute of Luzern’s 2-1 win over Sion on Saturday.

Juric had been booked in the 63rd minute, before picking up a second booking in the final 10 minutes, with referee Nikolaj Hanni dismissing the Australian for a dive.

The Socceroo advanced into the box, with his side 2-1 up, and went down during a tackle from Jan Bamert, although Juric didn’t appeal for a penalty.

The call shocked Luzern boss Markus Babbel who labelled it a “dubious referee decision” post-game.

In the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday, Aziz Behich maintained his stunning goal scoring with his fifth goal in six games.

Behich added Bursaspor's third goal in a 3-0 win away to Konyaspor.

The left-back, who has been playing a more advanced role lately, cut in off the left flank, before working a neat one-two with Cristobal Jorquera and firing home on his right foot.

Staying in Turkey, ex-Australia youth international Kerem Bulut netted a double in the third tier as Menemen Belediyespor won 5-1 over Bucaspor. Bulut has netted six goals this season.

In the German Bundesliga on Sunday, Mathew Leckie set up Hertha Berlin's goal in a 2-1 home loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Leckie has been in rare goal scoring form this season with five strikes in all competitions but turned provider.

The Socceroo got on the ball just outside the box, cleared his feet and flicked a pass inside the box for Davie Selke to fire home the opener.

Elsewhere, Mat Ryan was in goal as Brighton & Hove Albion were humbled 5-1 at home by Liverpool in the English Premier League.

Ryan could do little as the Reds were rampant, earning a 6/10 from The Mirror.

The Mirror wrote: “Early save from Salah only delayed the inevitable. Left too exposed.”

Aaron Mooy also put in a full shift as Huddersfield lost 2-0 away to Sam Allardyce’s Everton.

Mooy earned a 7/10 rating from the Huddersfield Examiner who wrote: “Was central to Town’s attacking threat in the first half, but tired in the second.”

In England’s Championship, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Bailey Wright and James Meredith all played full games, while Mile Jedinak was absent for Aston Villa amid fears of a long-term absence due to his shoulder injury.

In England’s League One, Ryan Williams opened the scoring in the 56th minute as Rotherham lost 2-1 to Bristol Rovers.

In the Dutch Eredivisie, Brad Jones kept a clean sheet as Feyenoord edged Vitesse 1-0 on Saturday.

Aussie pair Craig Goodwin and Kenny Dougall both started and were replaced in Sparta Rotterdam's 1-0 loss away to PSV Eindhoven. Dougall was substituted on 56 minutes, while Goodwin was replaced after 76.

Mark Birighitti was dropped to the bench as NAC Breda defeated Excelsior 3-1.

In the Scottish Premier League, Tom Rogic put in a full shift and got an assist as Celtic thrashed Motherwell 5-1 on Saturday. Andy Rose played a full game for Motherwell.

Full games

Danny Vukovic, Jimmy Jeggo, Tommy Oar, Ryan Edwards, Nick Ansell, Awer Mabil, Scott McDonald, Mustafa Amini, Brandon Borello, Cameron Burgess
James Holland – SB 48, Aiden O’Neill – SB 73, David Williams – SB 34, Mitch Duke – ST 46
Unused subs
Ajdin Hrustic, Terry Antonis, Gabriel Cleur
Notable absentees
Mitch Langerak, Terry Antonis, Golgol Mebrahtu, Ben Halloran, Milos Degenek, Nathan Burns, Oliver Bozanic, Jamie Maclaren, Robbie Kruse