Socceroos Central: Sainsbury debuts, Mooy stars

by Ben Somerford on Sep 03, 2018

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Aaron Mooy put in a Man of the Match display for Huddersfield, Trent Sainsbury debuted for PSV Eindhoven and Aziz Behich, Mark Birighitti and Ryan Edwards all made moves. 

Firstly, Socceroo Tom Rogic played his part as Celtic knocked off rivals Rangers 1-0 in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Rogic, who returned to the starting XI, won a tussle in midfield, leading to a Celtic breakaway which led to Olivier Ntcham’s winner.

The Socceroo was replaced after 77 minutes, who only earned a 5/10 rating from the Daily Star.

The Daily Star wrote: “Not the best performance from the Australian, who made way for Ryan Christie with around 13 minutes still to play.”



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Ajdin Hrustic put in a full shift while Denis Genreau started but was replaced at the break as PEC Zwolle won 1-0 at Groningen in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday.

Football-Oranje reported: “The away side were also lucky not to be down to ten with Denis Genreau spared a second yellow card.

“At the break, Genreau was substituted for PEC Zwolle new boy Gianluca Scamacca and it helped John van ‘t Schip’s side gain some control.”

New signing Dean Bouzanis was an unused sub for Zwolle.

Trent Sainsbury made his PSV Eindhoven debut as a 57th minute substitute on Saturday As they recorded a 6-1 win over Willem II.

Sainsbury was also joined at PSV by Socceroos teammate Aziz Behich who completed his move from Bursaspor on Friday.

Mark Birighitti wasn’t in the NAC Breda side which lost 4-2 at Feyenoord following his release from the club on Friday. He’s already in discussions with an unidentified club about a move.

Ex-Socceroos midfielder James Holland scored again for LASK Linz as they claimed a 2-0 win over Wolfsberger in the Austrian Bundesliga on Sunday.

Holland scored in the 48th minute to make it 2-0 with a calm finish after a cutback.

Mathew Leckie was absent again with a knee injury as Hertha Berlin won 2-0 at Schalke 04 in the German Bundesliga on Sunday.

Danny Vukovic was beaten three times in a six-goal second-half thriller as Genk drew 3-3 with Kortrijk in Belgium’s top flight on Sunday.

In England’s Premier League on Saturday, Aaron Mooy was rated Man of the Match as he put in a full shift as Huddersfield drew 1-1 away to Everton.

Mooy was the chocolates from the Huddersfield Examiner, who wrote: “Ran the show in centre midfield alongside Philip Billing. Got good tackles in to break up Everton attacks and set the Terriers on the counter. - 8 ( MOTM )”

Mat Ryan played the full game as Brighton & Hove Albion came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Fulham on Saturday.

North of the border, Ryan Edwards sealed a loan move from Hearts to St Mirren for the remainder of the season after being starved of opportunities.

In Asia, Bernie Ibini scored on his debut for Emirates in the UAE top flight as they lost 3-1 at home to Al Ain.

Brad Jones (Al Nassr), Jack Duncan, Rhys Williams (both Al Quadisiya) and Matthew Jurman (Al Ittihad) all debuted for their new clubs on the opening weekend in Saudi Arabia’s Pro League.

Full games
Massimo Luongo, Mile Jedinak, Ryan Williams, Cameron Burgess, Kenneth Dougall, Ben Garuccio, Jesse Curran, Andy Rose, Robbie Kruse, Fran Karacic, Mustafa Amini, Milos Degenek, Kwame Yeboah, Brad Smith, Connor Chapman, Mitch Langerak
James Meredith – ST 86, Ryan McGowan – ST 62, Jamie Maclaren – ST 64, Brent McGrath – SB 87, Aleksandar Jovanovic – SB 90, Mitch Duke – ST 65
Unused subs
Oliver Bozanic, Adam Federici, Awer Mabil, Steven Lustica, Golgol Mebrahtu, Kwabena Appiah-Kubi, James Donachie
Notable absentees
Jackson Irvine, Tomi Juric, Bailey Wright, Alex Gersbach, Brandon Borrello, Mark Milligan