Socceroos Central: Juric scores, Ryan maiden clean sheet

by Ben Somerford on Aug 28, 2017

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Tomi Juric will take goalscoring form into Socceroos camp after netting in Switzerland on Sunday, while Mat Ryan kept his maiden Premier League clean sheet.

Firstly in the Swiss Super League on Sunday, Tomi Juric opened the scoring from the penalty spot on four minutes as Luzern drew 1-1 with Zurich.

The goal was Juric’s fourth strike of the season, but first in four games, having been sent off earlier this month against Grasshoppers.

Juric scored for Australia against Germany at the Confederations Cup and also netted a double in the Socceroos’ last World Cup qualifier, a 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia.

Aaron Mooy played another good full game in midfield in the English Premier League as Huddersfield Town drew 0-0 with Southampton on Saturday.

The Yorkshire Post rated Mooy’s performance as a 7/10 with the following review.

“His usually reliable passing radar may have gone awry at times but the number of tackles the Australian pulled off deep in Town territory was crucial in frustrating Saints.”

Mat Ryan kept his maiden Premier League clean sheet as Brighton & Hove Albion drew 0-0 away to 10-man Watford on Saturday.

Watford seldom tested Ryan in Brighton’s goal after Manuel Britos was sent off on 25 minutes for an awful tackle.

Ryan has endured an unconvincing start to life at Brighton but the clean sheet will be a welcome boost.

Brad Smith was an unused substitute as Bournemouth lost 2-1 to Manchester City on Saturday.

Elsewhere in England, Jackson Irvine was left out of the Burton Albion side which drew 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday amid transfer talks with Hull City.

Mathew Leckie put in a full shift with enterprising play on the right flank as Hertha Berlin lost 2-0 away to Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.

Mitch Langerak was an unused sub for VfB Stuttgart, while Kwame Yeboah wasn’t in the Borussia Moenchengladbach squad.

Danny Vukovic kept a clean sheet as Genk defeated Mechelen 1-0 in Belgium’s First Division A on Saturday.

In Korea’s Challenge League, Adrian Leijer scored as Suwon drew 3-3 with Anyang on Sunday.

In the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Awer Mabil was sent off for an off-the-ball late in the first half as Pacos Ferreira drew 0-0 with Vitoria Guimaraes.

In the Dutch Eredivisie, Craig Goodwin played his part in both of Sparta Rotterdam’s goals as they fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with NAC Breda on Friday night.

Full games
Tom Rogic (Celtic), Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor) Bailey Wright (Bristol City), James Meredith (Millwall), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Aiden O’Neill (Fleetwood), Mustafa Amini (AGF), Andy Rose (Motherwell), Golgol Mebrahtu (Mlada Boleslav), David Williams (Szombathleyi), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), Mitch Duke (Shimizu S-Pulse)
Jamie Maclaren (Darmstadt – 76th minute sub), Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum – started & played 80 mins), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg - started & played 79 mins), Jimmy Jeggo (Sturm Graz – 74th minute sub), Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle – 55th minute sub), Ben Halloran (Heidenheim - 83rd minute sub), Bradden Inman (Rochdale – 46th minute sub), Ryan Williams (Rotherham – started & played 46 mins), Bernie Ibini (Vancouver – started & played 75 mins)
Unused subs
Terry Antonis (VVV Venlo), Eli Babalj (Mlada Boleslav), Cameron Burgess (Scunthorpe)
Notable absentees
Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa – illness)