Socceroos Central: Juric hat-trick, Sainsbury equaliser

by Ben Somerford on Nov 08, 2020

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Trent Sainsbury and Nikita Rukavytsya both got among the goals and Deni Juric netted a hat-trick in Croatia, while Mat Ryan returned for Brighton & Hove Albion with a clean sheet.

Trent Sainsbury scored a last-gasp equaliser with a powerful volley as Kortrijk snatched a remarkable 5-5 draw with Beerschot in the Belgian First Division on Saturday.

Sainsbury played a full game in defence, seeing his side blow an early 2-0 lead and earning an 84th minute yellow card.

But with his side trailing 5-4 in stoppage-time, Sainsbury benefited from a poorly executed offside trap from the Beerschot defence from a set-piece.

A lofted pass found Sainsbury unmarked inside the box, with time and space and he chested the ball down and volleyed in the late leveller for his first goal for his new club.

Elsewhere, Danny Vukovic was in goal as Genk won 2-1 away to Kevin Muscat’s Sint Truiden on Saturday.

Aussie prodigy Panos Armenakas signed with Zulte-Waregem during the week and was on the bench for their 3-1 win at Cercle Brugge on Sunday.

Deni Juric hit a hat-trick as NK Sibenik won 3-1 away to Varazdin in the Croatian Prva HNL on Saturday.

Juric, the younger brother of Socceroo Tomi, scored a first-half double, firstly with a well-placed right-foot volley on the bounce before tapping home a routine chance in the 26th minute.

He completed his hat-trick to make it 3-0 in the 57th minute with a long-range shot on his right which caught the goalkeeper at his near post.

The treble took Juric’s season tally to four goals as he adjusts to his first season in the Croatian top flight.

Juric started and played 71 minutes.

Tom Rogic got another start and another assist as he continues to impress upon his return to the Celtic side as they won 4-1 away to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Rogic started and played 86 minutes, laying off the pass for Mohamed Elyounoussi’s 27th minute goal after gliding into the box, producing some quick feet and flicking the ball inside on his right.

The Socceroo earned an 8/10 rating from Glasgow Live who wrote: “Superb play to create Elyounoussi's second goal. Picking up the pass from Frimpong, dancing towards the byline and squaring the ball for the Norwegian to tap in.

“One of Celtic's better performers, and outwith Elyounoussi, the man who most looked like making something happen.”

Martin Boyle put in a full shift as Hibernian went down 2-0 away to Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership on Friday.

Boyle received a 5/10 rating from Edinburgh Live who wrote: “Looks in need of a rest. Did not happen for him tonight.”

Nikita Rukavytsya scored again following the Israeli Premier League’s recent resumption with Maccabi Haifa winning 2-1 over Ashdod on Saturday.

Rukavytsya scored the opening goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 45th minute.

Mat Ryan was restored to the Brighton & Hove Albion starting XI and kept a clean sheet in Friday night’s 0-0 draw with Burnley in the English Premier League.

The Socceroo received a 6/10 rating from the Brighton & Hove Independent who wrote: “A very dodgy moment in the opening minutes when Lowton's cross/shot caught him out and smacked the bar. Burnley tested him on corners and Ryan just about coped.”

Interestingly, Robert Sanchez, who was given a game ahead of Ryan last weekend, wasn’t on the bench for Brighton.

Harry Souttar played a lead role as Stoke City won 3-0 away to English Championship leaders Reading on Saturday.

Souttar, who played a full game, received an 8/10 rating from Stoke Sentinel who wrote: “Comfortable on the ball and kept Reading’s attack at arm’s length.”

Riley McGree started and fluffed an early chance, before being replaced on 54 minutes as Birmingham City went down 3-1 at home to Bournemouth.

McGree received a 5.5/10 rating from Birmingham Live who wrote: “How different it might have been had he converted his second minute chance.

“Indeed most of Blues' best attacking positions fell to the 22-year-old and other than an inviting deep cross to Gardner just before half time he couldn't capitalise.”

Massimo Luongo was absent again with a knee injury, which will keep him out for another fortnight at least, missing Sheffield Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Millwall.

Aziz Behich played a full game at left-back as Kayserispor lost 1-0 at home to Hatayspor in the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday.

Mathew Leckie was an injury-time sub as Hertha BSC won 3-0 at Augsburg in the German Bundesliga on Saturday, while Ajdin Hrustic was an unused sub again for Eintracht Frankfurt in a 2-2 draw at VfB Stuttgart.

Brandon Borrello was an 81st minute substitute as Fortuna Dusseldorf drew 1-1 FC Nurnberg in the German 2.Bundesliga.

Sam Silvera got 10 minutes off the bench as Casa Pia lost 1-0 to Sporting Covilha in the Portuguese Segunda Liga on Saturday.

Anthony Carter was a 72nd minute sub for Academico Viseu in a 1-1 draw at Varzim.

Ash Maynard-Brewer got a rare chance in goal for Charlton in the FA Cup first round but went down 1-0 to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

Bailey Wright was absent as Sunderland were knocked out 1-0 by Mansfield Town, while Cam Burgess put in a full shift as Accrington lost 2-1 to Tranmere.

Ryan Williams played a full game as Portsmouth won 3-2 over Ipswich in extra-time, while Callum Elder put in a full shift in Hull City’s 2-0 win over Fleetwood Town.

Matt Millar was a 90th minute sub as Shrewsbury got past Jack Iredale’s Cambridge United 2-1. Iredale started and was replaced in the 76th minute.

On Sunday, Ryan Edwards started and played 64 minutes as Burton Albion lost 1-0 to Barnet, while George Blackwood was an unused sub as Harry Kewell’s Oldham won 3-2 at Hampton & Richmond.

Kenny Dougall started and played 85 minutes as Blackpool eased past Eastbourne Borough 3-0.

Full games

Lawrence Thomas, Milos Degenek, Declan Lambert, Aaron Mooy, Craig Goodwin, Mitch Duke, Brad Jones, Rhys Williams
Awer Mabil - SB 72, Apostolos Giannou - ST 61 Ryan Lambert – ST 60, Jason Geria - SB 64
Unused subs
Daniel Arzani, James Holland
Notable absentees
Massimo Luongo, Nikola Mileusnic, Alex Gersbach