Socceroos Central: Luongo assist, Jedinak returns

by Ben Somerford on Oct 29, 2017

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Massimo Luongo claimed a fortuitous assist for QPR while Mile Jedinak earned praise after making his comeback from injury for Aston Villa and Apostolos Giannou scored a rare double..

Mile Jedinak returned off the bench on the hour mark as Aston Villa drew 0-0 with Birmingham City in England's Championship on Sunday.

Jedinak, whose only appearance this season came in mid-September when he re-injured the groin which required surgery in the off-season, earned praise from boss Steve Bruce upon his return.

Bruce said: "He was excellent. He negated their physical threat.

"It was important that he did that because we had a few problems with their physicality.

"I thought he was excellent when he came on – he did very, very well."

Elsewhere, Luongo’s pressure led to the opening goal as QPR defeated leaders Wolverhampton 2-1 in England’s Championship on Saturday.

Luongo harried and forced a turnover which fell into the path of Conor Washington who opened the scoring on 41 minutes.

QPR boss Ian Holloway said: “Mass did brilliantly and Conor gambled on it and got his rewards.”

Luongo, who wore the captain’s armband, played a full game in the win and blasted a second-half chance over the bar too.

Elsewhere, Jackson Irvine was one of two half-time substitutes as Hull City lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Irvine’s City were trailing 1-0 but responded with boss Leonid Slutsky acknowledging his impact.

"We needed to keep a very high level of activity in the central space and control the second ball zone,” Slutsky said. “We needed fresh players to control this space. I felt we did that."

Meanwhile, Bailey Wright and James Meredith put in full shifts for their clubs.

Aaron Mooy played a full game in midfield as Huddersfield Town lost 3-0 to Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

Mooy was beaten to a corner by Roberto Firmino, who headed home Liverpool’s second goal.

In Turkey's Super Lig on Sunday, Aziz Behich scored a cracking goal in Bursaspor's 4-0 win over Antalyaspor.

Golgol Mebrahtu scored his sixth goal of the Czech First Liga season as Mlada Boleslav defeated Vysocina Jihlava 2-1 on Sunday.

Mathew Leckie was worryingly absent due to a thigh injury ahead of Socceroos duty as Hertha Berlin won2-1 over Hamburg SV in Germany’s Bundesliga on Saturday.

In the Chinese Super League on Sunday, forgotten Aussie striker Apostolos Giannou scored a double as Guangzhou R&F defeated Tianjin Teda 3-2.

Giannou came off the bench as a 74th minute substitute, before scoring after 78 and 82 minutes.

The goals were significant for Giannou, marking his first strikes in more than a year, in just his sixth league game of the 2017 season.

Elsewhere, Trent Sainsbury put in a full shift again as Jiangsu Suning knocked off Beijing Guoan 1-0.



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In Japan's J.League on Sunday, Nathan Burns was absent as Sanfrecce Hiroshima were relegated after a 1-0 home loss to Urawa Reds.

Milos Degenek put in a full shift as Yokohama F. Marinos missed out on an AFC Champions League spot after slumping to a 2-1 loss to Jubilo Iwata.

In Korea's Challenge League on Sunday, Bruce Djite scored as Suwon finished the season with a 4-0 win over Anyang.

Full games
Mat Ryan, Tom Rogic, Awer Mabil, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones, Kenny Dougall, Mustafa Amini, Jimmy Jeggo, Ryan Edwards, Cameron Burgess, Callum Elder, Bradden Inman, Scott McDonald, Tomi Mrcela, Connor Chapman, Ryan McGowan, Mitch Duke
Tomi Juric - SB 46, Craig Goodwin - ST 63, Alex Gersbach - SB 22, Andy Rose – ST 53, Jesse Curran – ST 54, Aiden O’Neill – SB 90, Ryan Williams – ST 89, David Williams – ST 77
Unused subs
Terry Antonis, Jamie Maclaren, Nick Ansell, Gabriel Cleur, Matt Jurman
Notable absentees
Tommy Oar, Mitch Langerak, Oliver Bozanic