Socceroos Central: Ryan & Mooy return to action

by Ben Somerford on Jun 21, 2020

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Socceroos Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy were back in action in the English Premier League in a last-gasp win over Arsenal on Saturday.

Ryan put in a full shift while Mooy was replaced at half-time as Brighton & Hove Albion won 2-1 over Arsenal.

The Socceroos goalkeeper had a few uncomfortable moments from crosses but also made several good saves for the Seagulls.

Ryan earned a 7/10 rating from the Brighton & Hove Independent who wrote: “Brilliant save to deny Lacazette in the first half.

“Well beaten by Saka's long range effort and the bar saved him. No chance with Pepe's excellent goal.”

Mooy earned a 6/10 rating from the Brighton & Hove Independent who wrote: “Excellent in the first half and drove Albion forward. Replaced at the break and unclear if he picked up a knock at this stage.”

Brad Smith made his Cardiff City debut in a 2-0 home win over Leeds United in the English Championship on Sunday.

Smith, who is at Cardiff on loan from Bournemouth, was an 83rd minute substitute for the Bluebirds. 

Massimo Luongo started and played 83 minutes as Sheffield Wednesday claimed a last-gasp 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest in the English Champoinship on Saturday.

Luongo earned a 6/10 rating from Yorkshire Live, who wrote: “The Australian international worked well in tandem with Bannan and Lee in the middle in his first outing since January.

“Was yellow carded after unceremoniously bringing down Johnson.”

In the relegation battle, Callum Elder put in a full shift as Hull City went down 1-0 to Charlton, while Kenny Dougall was a 57th minute sub as Barnsley won 1-0 at QPR.

Elder earned a 5/10 rating from the Hull Daily Mail, who wrote: “Charlton enjoyed plenty of attacks down his flank in the first half but he was not among the worst offenders.

“Bounced back in the second half to support City’s unconvincing attacks and kept on running.”

On Sunday in the Danish Superliga, Awer Mabil got an 'assist' as leaders FC Midtjylland let slip a two-goal lead to lose 4-3 to Mustafa Amini's AGF.

Mabil, who played the full 90 minutes on the left flank, whipped in the 48th minute corner which was headed into his own goal by AGF defender Jakob Ankersen.

The Socceroo otherwise didn't provide much attacking threat, nor was he involved in his side's two other goals.

Mustafa Amini (rested), Alex Gersbach (not selected) and Zach Duncan (injury) were all absent for AGF.

Adam Taggart looked sharp and with more confident but didn't score as Suwon Bluewings lost 3-1 at Daegu FC in the Korean K League on Sunday.

Taggart found space inside the box in the ninth minute but fired his chance straight at the Daegu keeper.

The Socceroo also was thwarted by the Daegu keeper on the half hour with a diagonal shot half-chance.

Taggart was eventually replaced after 82 minutes.

Terry Antonis wasn't in the Bluewings matchday squad.

Rashid Mahazi put in a full shift in midfield as struggling Incheon United lost 1-0 at home to Busan I'Park on Sunday. 

Brandon O’Neill put in a full shift in midfield as Pohang Steelers defeated Gangwon 2-0 at Saturday.

Meanwhile Jason Davidson was absent as Ulsan Hyundai won 2-0 at Seoul on Saturday.

Nick Ansell started again and played 56 minutes as Gyeongnam drew 1-1 with Bucheon 1995 in the Korean K2 League on Sunday.

Brandon Borrello was back on the bench for SC Freiburg but remained an unused sub as they lost 3-1 at champions Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.

Mathew Leckie was also back in Hertha Berlin’s matchday squad but remained on the bench as Hertha Berlin won 2-0 over Bayer Leverkusen.

James Holland started and played 84 minutes as LASK Linz won 2-0 at Sturm Graz in the Austrian Bundesliga on Sunday.

Jimmy Jeggo was absent as Austria Vienna won 2-1 at Swarovski Tirol on Saturday.

Anthony Kalik started as HNK Gorica drew 0-0 with Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian Prva HNL on Saturday.

Fran Karacic was absent as NK Lokomotiva won 3-2 over Hajduk Split on Sunday.

Milos Degenek started as Crvena Zvezda won 2-1 over Proleter Novi Sad before their title presentation in the Serbian SuperLiga on Saturday.

Aziz Behich was an unused sub once again as title contenders Istanbul Basaksehir won 2-1 at Ankaragucu in the Turkish Super Lig on Friday.

Notable absentees

Bailey Wright, Adam Federici, Connor Chapman, Tomi Juric