Socceroos Central: Juric sent off, Ryan blunder

by Ben Somerford on Aug 07, 2017

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Socceroos striker Tomi Juric was sent off for his involvement in a scuffle in the Swiss Super League while Mat Ryan made a blunder against Atletico Madrid in a Brighton friendly on Sunday.

Juric received a straight red card in Luzern’s 2-2 draw with Grasshoppers, after Shkelqim Demhasaj equalized late for the Aussie’s side who had trailed by two goals.

The Australia international tried to retrieve the ball from the back of the net to race in back to the middle as Luzern searched for a winner but his efforts were thwarted by an opposition player Numa Lavanchy diving on the ball.

Juric responded by aggressively pushing Lavanchy, before the pair appeared to almost make contact with their heads, as several players got involved.

The referee called both Juric and Lavanchy once the scuffle dissipated, with the pair sent off.

Meanwhile, Mat Ryan had a nightmare moment for Atletico Madrid’s first goal in Brighton’s 3-2 friendly loss on Sunday.

Ryan, who produced several good saves, allowed Nico Gaitan’s speculative long-range effort to squirm under him on 42 minutes.

The Socceroos number one also did well to deny Antoine Griezmann from close range, before Lucas Hernandez pounced on the rebound for the 88th minute winner.

Despite the error, Brighton are likely to back in Ryan who they shelled out a club record fee to purchase from Valencia.

Elsewhere in friendly action, Mitchell Langerak was a half-time substitute as Vfb Stuttgart lost 2-1 to Real Betis.

Despite being a key part of Stuttgart's promotion success last term, Langerak faces a battle to retain the number one shirt following the arrival of Germany international Ron-Robert Zieler.

Zieler played the first half against Betis, with both keepers conceding one goal.

Brad Smith and Adam Federici were both absent as Bournemouth drew 2-2 with Napoli.

Returning to competitive action and Danny Vukovic made his debut for Genk in Belgium’s First Division A but had a moment to forget.

Vukovic was left with an awkward decision to make after a poor backpass which led to Standard Liege’s equalizer in their 2-1 win over Genk.

Staying in Belgium, Panos Armenakas didn’t play for AFC Tubize in the second division.

Robbie Kruse and Jamie Maclaren both made their club debuts in Germany’s 2.Bundesliga over the weekend.

Kruse started and played 63 minutes as VfL Bochum drew 1-1 away to MSV Duisburg on Saturday.

Maclaren was a 63rd minute substitute for Darmstadt 98 in their 1-1 draw with Kaiserslautern on Friday. Brandon Borrello was an unused sub for FCK.

Maclaren had a good chance for a dream debut goal, but was saved from close range, only for Wilson Kamavuaka to convert the rebound.

England’s Football Leagues got underway this weekend, with Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine and Bailey Wright playing full games for their clubs in the Championship.

Luongo hit the woodwork in the first half for QPR.

In League One, Callum Elder was sent off on his Wigan debut for a late tackle.

Finally in the Dutch Super Cup, Brad Jones was the hero as Feyenoord defeated Vitesse 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Jones saved Vitesse’s first two spotkicks in the penalty shootout with good saves.

Others

Full games
Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), Mitch Duke (Shimizu S-Pulse), James Holland (LASK Linz), Cameron Burgess (Scunthorpe), Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South - scored), Aleksandar Susnjar (Teplice), Matt Smith (Bangkok Glass), Bruce Djite (Suwon FC), Adrian Leijer (Suwon FC)

Minutes
Tom Rogic (Celtic – 75th minute sub), Andy Rose (Motherwell – started & played 79 mins), Ben Halloran (Heidenheim – 76th minute sub), Bernie Ibini (Vancouver Whitecaps – started & played 63 mins), Jimmy Jeggo (Sturm Graz – 89th minute sub), David Williams (Szombathelyi - 58th minute sub), Aiden O’Neill (Fleetwood – 67th minute sub), Ryan Williams (Rotherham – 83rd minute sub),

Unused subs
Gabriel Cleur (Virtus Entella), Bradden Inman (Rochdale), Danijel Nizic (Morecambe), Matt Jurman (Suwon Bluewings)

Notable absentees
Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Apostolos Giannou (Guangzhou R&F), Scott McDonald (Dundee United)