Socceroos Central: Sainsbury debuts, Ryan concedes four

by Ben Somerford on Sep 01, 2019

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Trent Sainsbury made his debut for new club Maccabi Haifa as they drew with Hapoel Haifa 0-0 in the Israeli Premier League on Saturday.

Sainsbury, who joined Maccabi in midweek from PSV, was a second-half substitute in the goalless draw. Nikita Rukavytsya was in action too.

Mat Ryan had a tough afternoon as Brighton & Hove Albion lost 4-0 at Manchester City in the English Premier League on Saturday.

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Ryan put in a full shift while Aaron Mooy was an unused sub for the Seagulls.

The Brighton & Hove Independent rated Ryan 6/10 and wrote: “Beaten four times, none of which he could have done much about.”

In Denmark's Superliga on Sunday, Awer Mabil was heavily involved in the winner as FC Midtjylland knocked off Brondby 1-0.

Mabil was pivotal with his lead-up play on the right flank leading to Anton Skipper's seventh goal own goal.

The Australian started and played 61 minutes in the win. 

In Bulgaria's First League on Sunday, Tomi Juric was absent following his move from FC Luzern to CSKA Sofia as they drew 2-2 with Levski Sofia.

In USA's MLS on Monday morning, Brad Smith came off the bench to set up the match-winner as Seattle Sounders won 4-3 over LA Galaxy.

Having been introduced in the 81st minute, scores were locked at 3-3, before Smith laid the pass across goal for Cristian Roldan to score the 89th minute winner.

In the Championship, Adam Federici started again as Stoke City’s poor run continued with a 2-1 loss at Birmingham City.

Federici earned a 6/10 rating from the Stoke Sentinel who wrote: “Fine save from an offside chance second half, his only work, until being left helpless for two goals.”

Jackson Irvine also put in a full shift as Hull City drew 1-1 at Millwall earning a 6/10 rating from the Hull Daily Mail.

The Hull Daily Mail wrote: “Full of running in the engine room, offering City’s defence the cover needed against a physical host. Standards in possession were not up to scratch, though, sending too many balls straight out of play.”

Massimo Luongo was a 67th minute substitute against his former club as Sheffield Wednesday lost 2-1 to QPR.

Luongo earned a 5/10 rating for his 25-minute cameo from The Star who wrote: “A lively presence after his introduction for Fox but struggled to find team mates with incisive passes.”

In Japan's J.League on Friday, Mitch Langerak had to be replaced in the second half due to a foot injury as Nagoya Grampus lost 2-1 to FC Tokyo.

Socceroo Brandon Borrello started and played an hour as SC Freiburg’s winning start to the German Bundesliga came to an end with a 2-1 home loss to FC Koln.

Elsewhere, Mathew Leckie was a 76th minute substitute as Hertha BSC lost 3-0 at Schalke.

Lyndon Dykes scored again as Livingston won 2-1 over St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Dykes, who put in a full shift up front, made it 2-0 in the 58th minute.

Others
Full games

Ajdin Hrustic, Aziz Behich, James Holland, Jimmy Jeggo, Mustafa Amini, Harry Souttar, Mark Milligan
Minutes
Zach Duncan - SB 76, Terry Antonis - SB 58
Unused subs
Anthony Kalik
Notable absentees
Bailey Wright, Tom Rogic, Daniel Arzani, Oliver Bozanic, Adam Taggart

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