Aussies Abroad: Behich makes debut for İstanbul Basaksehir

Caltex Socceroos defender Aziz Behich made his Turkish Super Lig debut for Istanbul Basaksehir but his new side fell to a 3-0 defeat in the season opener against Yeni Malatyaspor.

Starting alongside the likes of ex-Chelsea striker Demba Ba and former Bundesliga star Eljero Elia, the 2018/19 Super Lig runners-up found themselves locked at 0-0 until 68 minutes.

Brazilian Guilherme made the break-through for the hosts, before Adis Jahovic and Moryke Fofana added goals in the last three minutes to wrap up the result.

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Mabil’s Wolves hit last-gasp leveller

Awer Mabil’s FC Midtjylland grabbed a last-minute equaliser to salvage a draw against Hobro IK in the Danish Superliga.

Caltex Socceroos forward Mabil started for the 2018/19 Superliga runners-up, who went into the match with a perfect record of five straight wins in the 2019/20 campaign.

Mabil was replaced by Ukraine striker Artem Dovbyk on 68 minutes as head coach Kenneth Andersen looked to switch it up at MCH Arena.

But the Wolves looked set for their first defeat of the campaign when Pal Alexander Kirkevold put the visitors in front from the penalty spot on 84 minutes.

That was until Erik Sviatchenko came to the rescue as the clock ticked past 90 minutes to level the scores at 1-1.

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Draws all round as Langerak and Jeggo play out deadlocks

Mitch Langerak’s Nagoya Grampus also struck a stoppage-time point-saver in their J-League clash with Matsumoto Yamaga.

Roy Nagai put the newly-promoted hosts into an 80th-minute lead but Shuhei Akasaki came to the rescue to clinch a share of the points for Langerak’s ninth-placed side.

Austria Vienna also had to settle for a 1-1 draw after James Jeggo’s side were pegged back by Admira Moedling.

The Caltex Socceroos midfielder started for the home side at Generali Arena and all was looking good when Christoph Monschein scored on 44 minutes.

Boris Cmiljanic’s response on 62 minutes tied up the scores as Austria Vienna made it four points from four Austrian Bundesliga games.


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Ryan’s joy at teaming with Mooy

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Mat Ryan expressed his pride at turning out in the Premier League with his Caltex Socceroos teammate Aaron Mooy.

The Seagulls were held to a draw by West Ham at the AMEX Stadium in yet another weekend 1-1 draw. 

Mexico international striker Javier Hernandez put the Hammers ahead before new Belgian signing Leandro Trossard netted his first Albion goal.