Socceroos Central: Ryan error, Taggart scores again

by Ben Somerford on Jul 13, 2020

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Mat Ryan produced an uncharacteristically sloppy display as Brighton & Hove Albion were beaten 5-0 by Manchester City, while Adam Taggart scored again in Korea.

In the English Premier League on Saturday, Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy both played full games as Brighton lost 5-0 at home to Manchester City.

Ryan, who was almost caught out with hesitance for a 17th minute City corner, couldn’t be blamed for any of the visitors’ first three goals.

He was kept very busy, with City registering eight shots on target, making some good saves.

However, the Aussie goalkeeper made a mess of a relatively routine save from Bernardo Silva, allowing the Portuguese to sweep in the rebound for 4-0.

Ryan was also caught out when Raheem Sterling scored a bizarre goal to make it 5-0, failing to attack the ball, before it deflected off the City attacker’s head and through his legs into the back of the net.

Despite that, Ryan earned a 5/10 rating from the Brighton & Hove Independent who wrote: “Not really at fault for the goals. Exposed far too often by a combination of poor defending and City's excellent attack.”

Mooy got a more scathing review, with a 4/0 rating. They wrote: “Played right midfield and struggled to make an impression. City midfield controlled the play.”

Adam Taggart made it three goals in two games as Suwon Bluewings drew 1-1 away to Brandon O’Neill’s Pohang Steelers in the Korean K League on Saturday.

Taggart opened the scoring with a close-range header from Kim Min-Woo’s cutback in the 38th minute.

The Socceroo, who had a deflected shot saved in the 70th minute, was involved in the game’s controversial moment when Kim thought he’d lashed home an 85th minute winner.

However, the goal was overturned after consultation with the video assistant referee, with Taggart interfering in an offside position, leaving the Suwon coach enraged.

Taggart played a full game in attack, while Terry Antonis also started, but was eventually replaced in the 55th minute.

O’Neill also started for Pohang, substituted off in second-half stoppage-time.

Connor Chapman made his first start for new club Daejeon Hana Citizen after injury as they won 2-0 at Ansan Greeners in the K2 League on Sunday.

Chapman started and played 86 minutes.

Thomas Deng put in another full shift in the heart of defence for Urawa Reds, helping them keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Kashima Antlers in Japan’s J.League on Sunday.

Mitch Langerak kept a clean sheet as Nagoya Grampus won 2-0 away to Cerezo Osaka on Sunday.

The Socceroo made a good save deny Bruno Mendes’ header in the 30th minute but otherwise didn’t have a lot to do. 

Massimo Luongo starred as he played a full game as midtable Sheffield Wednesday won 3-0 away to former club QPR in the English Championship on Saturday.

Luongo earned an 8/10 rating from Yorkshire Live, who wrote: “A very effective ball-winner.

“Broke up play brilliantly and was a real driving force in the midfield engine room against his former club. Looked back to his best.”

Elsewhere, Callum Elder put in a full shift at left-back as Hull City’s relegation worries worsened with a 1-0 home loss to Millwall.

Elder received a 6/10 rating from the Hull Daily Mail, who wrote: “The Australian left-back was sound in his defensive duties, even if he had scant support from Wilks.

“Unable to get forward too much to offer a different threat out wide and push back Mitchell.”

Brad Smith was an unused sub as Cardiff City lost 2-0 at Fulham on Friday night.

Jimmy Jeggo put in a full shift as Austria Wien lost 3-2 to Hartberg in the Austrian Bundesliga on Saturday.

Anthony Kalik played a full game in midfield as HNK Gorica went down 1-0 at home to Varazdin in the Croatian Prva HNL on Friday.

Fran Karacic started on Sunday as NK Lokomotiva drew 1-1 at Slaven Koprivnica.

Awer Mabil may have scored in midweek to help FC Midjtylland clinch the Danish Superliga title but he couldn’t help them as they lost 3-0 to AGF on Sunday.

Mabil started and played 71 minutes in the loss, while Alex Gersbach was an 87th minute sub for AGF and Mustafa Amini was absent.

Unused subs

Jason Geria, Nick Ansell
Notable absentees
Jason Davidson, Rashid Mahazi, Adam Federici, Tomi Juric