Socceroos Central: Deng sent off, Luongo & Wright impress

by Ben Somerford on Oct 04, 2020

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Massimo Luongo and Bailey Wright continue to win rave reviews from their displays in England, while Thomas Deng was sent off in Japan as he clashed with fellow Socceroo Mitch Langerak.

Thomas Deng was given a straight red card as Urawa Reds lost 1-0 to Mitch Langerak’s Nagoya Grampus in the Japanese J.League on Sunday.

Deng received his marching orders in the 80th minute for a last man foul on Nagoya’s Gabriel Xavier.

The Socceroo was desperately tracking back as Gabriel burst clear on the counter and used his arm and shoulder to attempt to get in front of the Brazilian, forcing him to fall over which the referee deemed a foul.

Nagoya were leading 1-0 at the time and needed Langerak to make some scrambling injury-time saves to preserve their lead and clinch victory.

Adam Taggart started and was replaced late as Suwon Bluewings took another big step towards survival with a 1-0 win over Incheon United in the Korean K League relegation round on Sunday.

Taggart had an early eighth minute chance saved, while he almost pulled off a spectacular volley in the 86th minute from range.

Terry Antonis was an unused sub.


Mat Ryan was beaten four times as Brighton went down 4-2 to Everton in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Ryan received a 5/10 rating from the Brighton & Hove Independent who wrote: “A smart early save to deny Calvert-Lewin but no chance with the headers from Calvert-Lewin or Mina.

“Could do nothing with the third after Trossard lost possession and Rodriguez swept home.”

Massimo Luongo put in a full shift as Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 with his former club QPR in the English Championship on Saturday.

Luongo got an 8/10 from the Yorkshire Live who wrote: “The Australian international is arguably in the best form of his Owls career.

“Covered so much ground against his former club. Hit the crossbar with a thunderous late effort.”

On Sunday, Harry Souttar got another start after being named in the EFL Team of the Week and played the full 90 minutes as Stoke City drew 1-1 with Birmingham City.

Souttar received a 6/10 from the Stoke Sentinel who wrote: “Was confident to bring ball out of defence and spread passes left and right.”

In League One, Bailey Wright impressed again as 10-man Sunderland kept another clean sheet and held out for a 0-0 draw at Charlton on Saturday.

Wright got a 7/10 from the Sunderland Echo who wrote: “Strong at the back, and would have scored in the first half with a header from a corner but for a brilliant save by Amos.”

Ash Maynard-Brewer was an unused sub for Charlton.

Callum Elder played a full game and got a 7/10 rating as Hull City won 1-0 over Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

The Hull Daily Mail wrote: “Forward and back all afternoon, won two or three important headers inside his box as Argyle looked to take advantage of City’s profligacy in front of goal.”

Ryan Edwards and Ryan Williams faced off as Burton Albion lost 4-2 to Portsmouth on Saturday. Williams started and played 62 minutes, while Edwards put in a full shift in midfield.

Cam Burgess played a full game as Accrington Stanley won 2-1 at AFC Wimbledon.

On Sunday in the Greek Super League, Jimmy Jeggo played a full game and got the decisive assist as Aris won 1-0 away to Panathinaikos.

Apostolos Giannou was a 73rd minute substitute as OFI Crete went down 3-0 at PAOK on Sunday.

On Sunday in the Danish Superliga, Lawrence Thomas put in a full shift as SonderjyskE drew 2-2 away to Lyngby, making an excellent early one-on-one save.

Awer Mabil was a 60th minute substitute as FC Midtjylland blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 away to Horsens.

Trent Sainsbury played a full game in defence and helped keep a clean sheet as Kortrijk drew 0-0 at Kevin Muscat and Liberato Cacace’s Sint-Truiden in the Belgian First Division on Saturday.

Danny Vukovic was absent after recently contracting coronavirus while there was no debut for new signing Milos Degenek as Genk drew 1-1 at Waasland-Beveren on Saturday.

Ajdin Hrustic also didn’t make his debut for new club Eintracht Frankfurt as they beat Hoffenheim 2-1 to continue their bright start to the German Bundesliga season on Saturday.

On Sunday, Mathew Leckie was absent again with a neck injury as Hertha Berlin lost 4-3 to Bayern Munich.

Daniel Arzani was an 80th minute substitute on Friday night as FC Utrecht drew 1-1 with Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Martin Boyle played a full game but didn’t score or provide an assist as Hibernian won 3-2 over Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership on Friday.

Boyle got an 8/10 rating from Edinburgh Live who wrote: “Tormented the Accies back line at times with his pace and drove Hibs forward.”

On Sunday, Tom Rogic got his first league game-time of the season as a 76th minute sub in Celtic’s 2-0 win at St Johnstone.

Rogic received a 4/10 rating from Glasgow Live who wrote: “The Aussie midfielder had a few of his trademark runs but couldn't create any clear cut openings.”

In the AFC Champions League semi-finals on Saturday, Brad Jones couldn’t be the hero as Al Nassr lost 5-3 on penalties to Persepolis.

The match ended 1-1, with Jones beaten by a 42nd minute Mehdi Abdi header, before being unable to make one save in the shootout.

Full games

James Holland, Deni Juric, Fran Karacic, Connor Chapman
Brandon Borrello – ST 67, Anthony Kalik - ST 46, Jason Geria – SB 90, Andy Rose – ST 65, Brad Smith – SB 73
Notable absentees
Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach, Jason Davidson, Brandon O’Neill, Nick Ansell
*ST: started, SB: substituted