Socceroos Central: Luongo returns, Ruka scores 11th

by Ben Somerford on Nov 22, 2020

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Socceroo Massimo Luongo returned from injury, Mathew Leckie made a Bundesliga cameo, Nikita Rukavytsya scored again and Mat Ryan helped Brighton claim a key Premier League win.

Massimo Luongo made his return from injury as 10-man Sheffield Wednesday lost 1-0 away to Preston North End in England’s Championship on Saturday.

Luongo started and played 62 minutes, earning a 6/10 rating from Yorkshire Live who wrote: “Worked his socks off in the midfield engine room.

"Probably had the Owls' best opportunity in the first period when his low strike deflected into the side-netting.”

The appearance was the Socceroo’s first since October 17, with a knee issue keeping him out for the past month.

Mathew Leckie was a 75th minute substitute for Hertha Berlin who suffered a heavy 5-2 loss to an Erling Haaland-inspired Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.

Ajdin Hrustic wasn’t in the Eintracht Frankfurt matchday squad as they managed a 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig.

Brandon Borrello started but was substituted off at the interval as Fortuna Dusseldorf edged Sandhausen 1-0 in the German 2.Bundesliga.

Nikita Rukavytysa scored again, his 11th goal of the season in all competitions, as Maccabi Haifa lost 2-1 at Hapoel Haifa in Israel’s Ligat Ha’Al.

Rukavytsya converted an 84th minute penalty for Maccabi to draw the game level before a late Hapoel winner.

Martin Boyle and Tom Rogic squared off in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday as Celtic fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Hibernian.

Boyle put in a full shift and earned a 7/10 rating from Edinburgh Live who wrote: “Another quiet performance, and should have done better with a first half header, but won the penalty.”

Rogic, who played in an advanced midfield role was replaced in the 79th minute.

Glasgow Live gave him a 5/10 rating and wrote: “The Aussie wasn't his usual creative self and really tired towards the end as he gave away the ball on several occasions.”

Trent Sainsbury put in a full shift in defence as Kortrijk went down 1-0 away to leaders Club Brugge in Belgium’s First Division A on Saturday.

Danny Vukovic played a full game as Genk came from behind to win 4-1 over Excelsior Mouscron on Sunday.

Awer Mabil was a 64th minute substitute as champions FC Midtjylland triumphed 2-1 against AGF who didn’t have Alex Gersbach in their squad in the Danish Superliga on Sunday.

Lawrence Thomas put in a full shift as SonderjyskE drew 1-1 at OB on Sunday.

Jimmy Jeggo played a full game as Aris continued their outstanding form with a 1-0 win at Panaitolikos in the Greek Super League on Sunday.

Milos Degenek was an 84th minute substitute as Crvena Zvezda won 2-0 at Vojvodina in the Serbian SuperLiga on Sunday.

Aziz Behich’s Kayserispor are due to play Galatasaray on Monday in the Turkish Super Lig.

Mat Ryan played his part with a full game in goal as Brighton & Hove Albion claimed an important 2-1 win away to Aston Villa in England’s Premier League on Saturday.

Ryan got a 6/10 rating from the Brighton & Hove Independent who wrote: “Palmed a Grealish effort away and also produced a strange save with his feet in the first half to deny Mings. Beaten by Konsa's close range effort just after the break.”

Riley McGree started and played 59 minutes on Friday night as Birmingham City drew 0-0 with Coventry City in the Championship.

McGree got a 6/10 rating from the Birmingham Mail who wrote: “Bright if not always accurate but had his head up and looked to play. Probably should have shot after robbing Sheaf, withdrawn early in the second half with Jutkiewicz crying out for support.”

Callum Elder played a full game and got another assist as Hull City won 3-1 away to MK Dons in England's League One on Saturday.

Aussie left-back Elder went on a good run down the flank and laid off the pass for Josh Magennis to make it 2-1 in the 12th minute.

Bailey Wright put in a full shift as Sunderland conceded late to draw 1-1 at Doncaster Rovers.

Wright got a 6/10 rating from the Sunderland Echo who wrote: “Won his battle with Fejiri Okenabirhie comfortably when the Doncaster striker had his back to goal.

"Dominant physically, and deserved a clean sheet that was lost with seconds to play.” 

Cameron Burgess, Matt Millar and Kenny Dougall all played full 90 minute shifts in League One, while Ryan Edwards started for Burton Albion but was replaced at half-time with his side trailing.

George Blackwood scored as Harry Kewell's Oldham Athletic won 2-1 away to Exeter City in League Two.

The 2020-21 Indian Super League season started on Friday with a swathe of Aussies among the clubs.

On Friday, David Williams was an 82nd minute sub, replacing former A-League star Roy Krishna, as Mohun Bagan won 1-0 at Kerala Blasters, who had Jordan Murray come on as a 75th minute sub. Bradden Inman was an unused sub for Mohun Bagan.

Dylan Fox put in a full shift as NorthEast United beat Mumbai City 1-0 on Saturday.

On Sunday, Erik Paartalu played a full game and got an assist as Bengaluru fluffed a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with James Donachie’s Goa. Donachie started for Goa but was replaced on 65 minutes, with his side scoring two goals in four minutes after he went off.

On Sunday, Thomas Deng returned to the Urawa Reds line-up, played a full game and got an assist in a 2-1 home loss to Gamba Osaka in Japan's J.League.

Full Games

Fran Karacic, Declan Lambert, Ryan Lambert, Mitch Langerak, Jason Geria, Connor Chapman, Shane Lowry
James Holland – SB 61, Anthony Carter – ST 57, Deni Juric – ST 86
Unused Subs
Daniel Arzani, Ash Maynard-Brewer
Notable Absentees
Ryan Williams