Socceroos Central: Rogic stars, Luongo scores

by Ben Somerford on Feb 26, 2018

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Tom Rogic starred for Celtic as he continues to recover from injury, while Massimo Luongo scored, Brad Jones made a costly error for Feyenoord and Trent Sainsbury moved closer to a return after surgery.

Firstly, Tom Rogic started and played 72 minutes in an impressive display as 10-man Celtic won 2-0 away to Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League on Sunday.

Rogic has only just returned to action after several months out with a knee injury but was rated as one of his side’s best in the win.

The Australian was a constant threat in attack while Celtic boss Brendon Rodgers was asked about speculation linking Rogic with a move away from the club in the post-game conference.

"That's the first I've heard of it," Rodgers said. “Where we can we always want to keep our best players for as long as we possibly can and Tom is certainly that."

Brad Jones’ fumble proved costly as Feyenoord lost 3-1 at home to leaders PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday.

Jones couldn’t do anything to prevent PSV’s opening two goals as they claimed a 2-0 lead before Feyenoord pulled a goal back.

However, PSV settled the contest in the 58th minute when Gaston Pereiro poked home from close range after Jones could only parry Steven Bergwijn’s curling shot into his path in front of goal.

Mat Ryan helped Brighton & Hove Albion claim an important 4-1 win over Swansea City in their battle against relegation in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Ryan was only beaten by an unfortunate deflection from a long-range effort.

Massimo Luongo got on the scoresheet with simple close-range finish as QPR lost 5-2 at home to Nottingham Forest in England’s Championship.

Luongo scored his third goal for the season in the 68th, poking home close range as a ball was looped in.

Elsewhere in England’s second tier, Tim Cahill got some more game-time as a 79th minute substitute in Millwall’s 1-0 win over Burton Albion, while Jackson Irvine laid off the assist for the winner as Hull City triumphed 1-0 over Sheffield United on Friday.

Mathew Leckie put in a decent full shift as Hertha Berlin drew 0-0 away to leaders Bayern Munich in Germany’s Bundesliga on Saturday. 

Trent Sainsbury was absent again as Grasshoppers won 1-0 over Zurich on Sunday in the Swiss Super League, although he gave an update on his fitness after surgery in November.

“It’s going well,” Sainsbury said. “They’re putting me through some hard work in the gym at the moment, which is nice, but I’ll be back out there shortly.”

In the resumption of Japan’s J.League on Saturday, Mitchell Langerak made his debut as Nagoya Grampus won 3-2 at Gamba Osaka.

Ben Halloran also debuted for V-Varen Nagazaki but was replaced at the break as his side lost 2-1 to Shonan Bellmare.

Full games
Aziz Behich, Bailey Wright, Robbie Kruse, Milos Degenek, Cameron Burgess, Alex Gersbach, Tom Beadling, Nikita Rukavytsya, James Holland, Ryan Edwards, James Meredith
Mile Jedinak – SB 83, Jamie Maclaren – ST 66, Ajdin Hrustic – SB 58, Kwame Yeboah – ST 79, Apostolos Giannou – ST 58, Mitch Duke - SB 68, Anthony Caceres – SB 58, Ryan Williams – SB 78, Mustafa Amini – SB 64, Golgol Mebrahtu – ST 63, Tommy Oar – SB 59, Andy Rose – SB 64
Unused subs
Mark Birighitti, Craig Goodwin, Awer Mabil, Bradden Inman, Aleksandar Susnjar, Jesse Curran
Notable absentees
Aaron Mooy, Danny Vukovic, Jimmy Jeggo, Tomi Juric, Kenny Dougall, Brandon Borrello, Ryan McGowan, Callum Elder