Socceroos Central: Rogic assist, Giannou goal

by Ben Somerford on May 05, 2019

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Tom Rogic and Mathew Leckie were both in the thick of the goal action on Saturday while Danny Vukovic’s Genk moved within a whisker of Belgian league success.

In the English Premier League on Sunday, Mat Ryan played his part as Brighton & Hove Albion’s top flight status was officially secured after a 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

Ryan was beaten early by a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty but made a series of great saves for the Seagulls.

The Socceroo earned an 8/10 rating from the Brighton & Hove Independent who wrote: “Sent the wrong way by Aubameyang from early penalty but superb saves stopped Mustafi, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan making it 2-0 in the first half.”

Aaron Mooy shook off his injury scare to put in a full shift as relegated Huddersfield Town ended their season at home with a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Mooy was given a 6.6/10 rating from Town fans in the Huddersfield Examiner, whose writer rated him 6/10.

The Huddersfield Examiner wrote: “Declared fit after missing Liverpool, but found it hard to find the time and space to hurt United.”

In the English Championship on Sunday, Jackson Irvine got on the scoresheet as Hull City finished the season with a 1-1 draw with Bailey Wright's Bristol City.

Both Australians played the full 90 minutes, with Irvine scoring in the 55th minute with an exceptional low left-foot finish after a half-clearance.

Irvine earned a 7/10 rating from the Hull Daily Mail who wrote: "Played in the advanced midfield role and came up trumps with the opening goal.

"That rifled finish was something any attacker would be proud of. Kept on going throughout to ensure City’s intensity was high."

Wright received a 6/10 from the Bristol Post who wrote: "Did okay against the troublesome Kamil Grosicki in the main although the Pole was afforded too much space a few times, not least when Hull scored."

Massimo Luongo laid off the pass for QPR's late goal as they won 2-1 away to Sheffield Wednesday to finish their campaign.

Luongo earned a 6/10 rating from Football.London who wrote: "Looked comfortable alongside Josh Scowen. Got stuck in and kept his game simple as he fed the ball to the creative outlets around him."

James Meredith played a full game at left-back as Millwall finished the season with a 1-0 loss at Wigan. 

Meredith earned a 7/10 rating from Football.London who wrote: "Made a vital tackle on James to prevent a three-on-one situation from happening in the first-half and looked the Meredith of last season as times, with some last-ditch defending."

Ryan Williams was a 46th minute substitute as relegated Rotherham United ended their season with a 2-1 home loss to Middlesbrough.

In the Scottish Premiership on Sunday, Mark Milligan started and played 79 minutes as Hibernian lost 1-0 at Rangers.

Milligan earned a 6/10 rating from Edinburgh Live who wrote: "Struggled to get close to Davis and prevent him getting Rangers going."

On Saturday in Scotland, Tom Rogic put in a rare full shift and laid off an assist as Celtic won 3-0 at Aberdeen.

Rogic went on a trademark marauding run forward in the 88th minute, before laying off for Odsonne Edouard to net Celtic’s third goal.

The Socceroo earned a 7/10 rating from Read Celtic who wrote: “Showed off his magic feet at times but his end product wasn’t quite there.

“Drove forward well to find Edouard before the striker grabbed the third.”

The result sealed the league title for Rogic's Celtic.

In the German Bundesliga on Saturday, Mathew Leckie started and played 66 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart.

Leckie had a key role in Hertha’s opening goal when his goal-bound header was parried by Stuttgart keeper Ron-Robert Zieler into Vedad Ibisevic’s path to convert.

In the Danish Superliga on Sunday, Mustafa Amini put in a full shift and claimed the assist for AGF's winner in a 1-0 triumph at AaB.

In the Cypriot First Division on Saturday, Apostolos Giannou scored AEK Larnaca’s goal in their 1-1 draw with NEA Salamis.

In the Austrian Bundesliga on Sunday, James Holland was sent off after two yellow cards as LASK Linz won 3-0 over Wolfsberger AC to move within a point of UEFA Champions League qualification. 

In the Belgian First Division A Championship Round on Friday, Danny Vukovic kept a clean sheet as Genk moved closer to the title with a 4-0 win over Antwerp.

Full games

Awer Mabil, Fran Karacic, Ryan McGowan, Scott McDonald (Goal), Lyndon Dykes, Jack Iredale, Mitch Langerak, Aleksandar Susnjar, Brad Smith
Ryan Edwards – ST 84, Jesse Curran – SB 77, Steve Lustica – SB 86, Aleksandar Jovanovic – ST 19, Adam Taggart - ST 61, Bernie Ibini – SB 68, Andrew Nabbout – SB 86, Jason Geria - SB 90
Unused subs
Mile Jedinak, Adam Federici, Jimmy Jeggo, Oliver Bozanic, Jordan Holmes, Cameron Burgess, Anthony Kalik
Notable absentees
Tomi Juric, Robbie Kruse