Socceroos Central: Rogic, Luongo & Maclaren hit scoresheet

by Ben Somerford on Apr 02, 2018

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Australians Tom Rogic, Jamie Maclaren, Massimo Luongo, Awer Mabil and Apostolos Giannou all hit the scoresheet over the weekend while Trent Sainsbury returned after injury.

Firstly to the English Championship on Monday where Massimo Luongo continued his fine form in front of goal with another strike in QPR’s 4-1 win over Norwich City.

Luongo netted the equaliser in the 39th minute before his side ran away with the game.

The Australian showed skill, working a neat one-two, before a clever toe-poked finish.

The goal was Luongo’s fourth in his past seven matches at club level.

Elsewhere, Bailey Wright started and played 68 minutes as Bristol City lost 1-0 at home to Brentford on Monday.

In the Scottish Premier League on Saturday where Tom Rogic scored Celtic’s third goal in a 3-0 win over Ross County.

Rogic rounded out the scoring in the 60th minute in the win which lifts Celtic 12 points clear.

The Australian midfielder took a nice touch outside the box, before a cool right-foot finish.

Elsewhere in the SPL, Jamie Maclaren netted his third goal for Hibernian in a 2-0 win over Ryan Edwards’ Partick Thistle on Saturday.

Maclaren, who played 78 minutes, put his side ahead in the 71st minute. Edwards put in a full shift.

In the Portuguese Primeira Liga on Saturday, Awer Mabil kept alive his Socceroos’ 2018 World Cup hopes with the second goal in Pacos Ferreira’s 2-0 win over Chaves.

Mabil scored in the 54th minute before being replaced after 76 minutes.

In the Cypriot First Division on Saturday, Apostolos Giannou scored his fourth goal for new club AEK Larnaca in a 3-0 win over Apollon.

In another highlight over the weekend, Trent Sainsbury debuted for new club Grasshoppers as an 84th minute substitute in a 2-0 home loss to Thun in the Swiss Super League on Saturday.

In the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday, Brad Jones kept a clean sheet as Feyenoord thrashed Excelsior 5-0.

Elsewhere, Ajdin Hrustic started and played 88 minutes as Groningen lost 2-1 at home to Ajax.

In the Japanese J.League on Sunday, Andrew Nabbout made his debut for Urawa Reds, coming off the bench in the 70th minute in a 2-1 loss to Jubilo Iwata.

In the English Premier League on Saturday, Aaron Mooy was back in action after his Socceroos injury scare, putting in a full shift as Huddersfield lost 1-0 at Newcastle.

Mooy only earned a 5/10 rating from the Huddersfield Examiner who wrote: “Struggled to find his usually precise passing at St James’ Park.”

Mat Ryan was in goal as Brighton & Hove Albion lost 2-0 at home to Leicester City.

Brad Smith was back on the Bournemouth bench in a 2-2 draw at Watford.

In the English Championship on Saturday, Jackson Irvine and Mile Jedinak faced off as Hull City drew 0-0 with Aston Villa.

Irvine started and played 59 minutes, while Jedinak also started and was replaced after 63 minutes.

Australian youngster Ben Folami was a half-time substitute for Ipswich Town in a 2-2 draw with Millwall.

In the German Bundesliga on Saturday, Mathew Leckie was back in the Hertha BSC starting line-up, playing a full game in a goalless draw with VfL Wolfsburg.

Full games

Aziz Behich, Mustafa Amini, Jimmy Jeggo, James Holland, James Meredith, Bailey Wright, Callum Elder, Aleksandar Susnjar, Milos Degenek, Mitch Langerak, Kwabena Appiah, Connor Chapman
Kenny Dougall – ST 68, Robbie Kruse – ST 75, Brandon Borrello – ST 46, Bradden Inman – SB 40, Ryan Williams – SB 90, Kwame Yeboah – SB 73, Tommy Oar – SB 76, Scott McDonald – ST 84, David Williams – SB 77, Mitch Duke – ST 68, Bernie Ibini – ST 67
Unused subs
Tim Cahill, Craig Goodwin, Mark Birighitti, Cameron Burgess, Ben Halloran, Jason Geria
Notable absentees
Adam Federici, Matt Jurman