Socceroos Central: Juric scores, Leijer sent off

by Ben Somerford on Jun 05, 2017

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Only a handful of Socceroos were in action ahead of international duty, with all getting through injury free and Tomi Juric finding the back of the net again.

Tomi Juric scored again to ensure he heads into Socceroos duty in form, netting the winner in FC Luzern’s 1-0 win over Lugano on Friday night in the Swiss Super League.

Juric’s strike made it four goals in five games, finishing the season with 11 in all competitions for Luzern.

The big striker’s goal came in the 41st minute, heading home with precision for the match winner.

Aziz Behich put in a full shift as Bursaspor avoided relegation with a crucial final day 2-1 win away to Trabzonspor in Turkey’s Super Lig on Saturday.

Behich played his part at left-back as Bursaspor scored two second-half goals to clinch the vital win.

Ryan McGowan tuned up for Socceroos duty with a tough full shift in the defence for nine-man Guizhou Zhicheng in a 1-1 draw away to Changchun Yatai in China’s Super League on Sunday.

McGowan gave away a penalty and earned a yellow card in the 27th minute, but opposition striker Odion Ighalo failed to convert the spotkick.

McGowan was the only Aussie in action in China with Apostolos Giannou missing out again for Guangzhou R&F in a major worry for his club future. Giannou has only played twice this season.

Milos Degenek got a full 90 minutes in ahead of international duty, helping Yokohama F. Marinos defeat rivals Kawasaki Frontale 2-0 on Sunday in Japan’s J.League.

Mitch Duke put in a full shift as Shimizu S-Pulse lost 2-0 at home to FC Tokyo, who didn’t have Nathan Burns in their squad. Burns hasn’t played in the league all year.

Oliver Bozanic was an 85th minute substitute for Ventforet Kofu.

Adrian Leijer was sent off as Suwon drew 0-0 with Anyang in Korea’s second tier K-League Challenge on Saturday.

Leijer received his marching orders on 75 minutes for a second bookable offence. Bruce Djite was a 65th minute substitute.

Back in Europe, Alex Gersbach and Scott Jamieson were both unused subs for their Scandinavian clubs.