Socceroos Central: Mooy & Ryan rated, Maclaren dropped

by Ben Somerford on Dec 02, 2018

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Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan faced off in the English Premier League while Jamie Maclaren was dropped and Andrew Nabbout got an assist on his first start since injury.

Firstly to the EPL on Saturday where Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan both played full games as Brighton won 2-1 at Huddersfield.

The Brighton Argus rated Ryan 6/10 and wrote: “Should have done better when Zanka outjumped him to score but it was through a crowd of players and can be forgiven for such a rare blemish. Made a good stop from Australian team-mate Aaron Mooy's first half free-kick.”

The Huddersfield Examiner rated Mooy 7/10 and wrote: “Went close to scoring with a long-range free-kick. Filled in effectively on the right.”

In the Danish Superliga on Sunday, Awer Mabil continued his fine form in front of goal with the opening strike in Midjtylland's 2-1 win at Randers.

Mabil opened the scoring in the third minute with a clever dink over the onrushing goalkeeper.

The goal was Mabil's fifth of the season at club level.

In the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday, Tom Rogic celebrated another trophy as Celtic triumphed 1-0 over Aberdeen.

Rogic started and played 64 minutes and actually struck the post with a first-half left-foot shot from the edge of the box.

In the Scottish Premiership on Saturday, Jamie Maclaren was relegated to the bench and remained an unused sub in Hibernian’s 3-0 loss to Kilmarnock.

Martin Boyle put in a full shift and had his side’s only first-half chance while Mark Milligan started and played 86 minutes as Hibs went winless for the sixth straight game.

In the German Bundesliga on Saturday, Mathew Leckie remained in the Hertha Berlin starting XI as their positive turn of form continued with a 2-0 home win over Hannover 96. Leckie played 87 minutes.

In the Belgian First Divizion A on Sunday, Danny Vukovic kept a clean sheet as Genk claimed an important 1-0 win away to giants Anderlecht to move four points clear at the top.

In the Japanese J.League on Saturday, Mitchell Langerak played his part as Nagoya Grampus dramatically avoided relegation after fighting back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Shonan Bellmare on the final day of the season.

Langerak committed the foul for Shonan’s second goal from the penalty spot, before two second-half spotkicks from Jo earned Nagoya a crucial point.

Elsewhere, Andrew Nabbout put in a full shift and provided an assist as Urawa Reds finished the season with a 3-2 win over FC Tokyo to secure fifth spot.

Nabbout was making his first league start for the Reds since returning from a shoulder injury sustained at the 2018 World Cup.

The Aussie set up his side’s third goal with some brilliant hold-up play, first winning a header, then a tackle to get in on goal before squaring for Tadanari Lee to score into an empty net.

In the Korean K-League on Saturday, James Donachie put in a full shift as relegated Jeonnam Dragons finished the season with a 3-1 loss at Kwabena Appiah’s Incheon United. Appiah was an unused sub.

Donachie joined the Korean club in June.

Aleksandar Jovanovic netted for Jeju United in their 2-0 win at Suwon Bluewings in Sunday.

Brad Jones returned for the first time after a head injury as Al Nassr lost 2-1 at home to Al Wahda in the Saudi Pro League on Sunday.

Matt Jurman put in a full shift in Al Ittihad's 2-2 draw with Al Hazm on Sunday too.

Full games
Oliver Bozanic, James Meredith, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Ryan Williams, Cam Burgess, Milos Degenek, Anthony Kalik, James Holland, Jimmy Jeggo, Aleksandar Susnjar, Fran Karacic, Jack Duncan, Rhys Williams
Ajdin Hrustic - ST 86, Brent McGrath - ST 85, Ryan Edwards – SB 34, Tim Cahill – SB 61, Dylan McGowan – SB 68, Connor Chapman - ST 63
Unused subs
Trent Sainsbury, Aziz Behich, Bradden Inman, Mile Jedinak, Adam Federici, Denis Genreau, Dean Bouzanis, Andy Rose, Golgol Mebrahtu, Ryan Blumberg, Ryan McGowan
Notable absentees
Robbie Kruse, Tomi Juric, Ben Garuccio, Bailey Wright