Socceroos Central: Taggart's goalless run continues

by Ben Somerford on Jun 14, 2020

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Adam Taggart’s goalless start to the 2020 K League season continued as he was replaced at half-time in Suwon Bluewings’ 2-2 draw with Gangwon on Saturday.

The Socceroos striker had one chance where he fluffed a 33rd minute volley from the edge of the box tamely out for a goal kick.

Taggart, who won the Golden Boot last year, hasn’t scored in six matches this season and been subbed off five times.

Australian team-mate Terry Antonis also started but was replaced in the 57th minute.

Brandon O’Neill returned to the Pohang Steelers starting XI in his usual deep midfield role as they won 4-2 at Sangju Sangmu.

Jason Davidson was also back in the Ulsan Hyundai starting line-up at left back as they won 1-0 over Seongnam.

Rashid Mahazi wasn’t in the Incheon United squad as they lost 1-0 at Jeonbuk Motors.

In the K2 League on Saturday, Connor Chapman wasn’t in the Daejeon Hana Citizen squad as they lost 2-0 at Seoul E-Land.

On Monday, Nick Ansell's Gyeongnam FC play Ansan Greeners.

On Sunday in the Danish Superliga, Awer Mabil had a busy game on the left flank as FC Midtjylland moved closer to the title with a 2-0 win at AaB.

Mabil started and played 61 minutes, with his quick feet and crossing on the left wing leading to the opening two chances of the game.

The Socceroo's whipped cross was headed to Mikael Anderson who hit the side netting in the fourth minute, before Sory Kaba controlled Mabil's flat ball into the box in the 26th minute but shot straight at the keeper.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Mustafa Amini got 15 minutes off the bench as AGF managed a goalless draw at Brondby.

Alex Gersbach wasn't in the matchday squad, while Zach Duncan is out with a long-term ACL injury.

On Sunday in the Austrian Bundesliga, James Holland got an assist but LASK Linz went down 3-1 to Red Bull Salzburg, effectively ending their title hopes.

Holland started and played 83 minutes in the defeat, with his ball into the middle setting up Marko Raguz's goal.

The result leaves LASK in fourth, 14 points behind Salzburg. LASK had been leaders before the coronavirus pause.

Jimmy Jeggo put in a full shift as Austria Vienna won 4-1 at Mattersburg in Austria’s Bundesliga on Saturday.

Aziz Behich was left on the bench as the Turkish Super Lig resumed with second-placed Istanbul Basaksehir won 2-0 over Alanyaspor.

Trent Sainsbury and Nikita Rukavytsya both started as Maccabi Haifa drew 0-0 with Beitar Jerusalem in Israel’s Ligat Ha’Al on Saturday.

On Sunday in the Serbian SuperLiga, Milos Degenek started and played 64 minutes as champions Red Star Belgrade lost 2-1 at Backa Topola.

Mathew Leckie was absent again as Hertha Berlin went down 4-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany’s Bundesliga on Saturday.

Brandon Borrello also was missing from SC Freiburg’s matchday squad as they drew 2-2 at VfL Wolfsburg.

On Friday night, Fran Karacic started as NK Lokomotiva won 1-0 over Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia’s Prva HNL.