Aussies Abroad: Big wins, goals around the globe
Another blockbuster weekend of football saw plenty of Aussies take to the pitch around the globe.
Two Aussies featured in the final matchday of the regular season in the Danish Superligaen overnight.
Awer Mabil’s Midtjylland ended the regular season with a 1-0 victory away to Nordsjaelland.
Mabil played the full 90 minutes for his side as they closed off the season with a narrow win thanks to Sory Kaba’s effort on the stroke of half time.
Mustafa Amini featured in the heart of midfield for AGF Aarhus as they secured a 3-2 win at Aalborg BK.
Aarhus were first to strike in this contest via Bror Blume just before the half hour mark before Aalborg’s Kristoffer Pallesen levelled the scoring on 59 minutes.
A Patrick Mortensen double saw AGF go 3-1 up before Lucas Andersen pulled one back for the home side.
Aussie duo Trent Sainsbury and Nikita Rukavytsya were in action in the Israeli Premier League as their Maccabi Haifa registered a 2-2 draw against rivals Hapoel Haifa on Sunday.
Rukavytsya was on target for Maccabi in the 26th minute before Hapoel’s Liran Sardal equalized on 54 minutes.
A late flurry of action saw Mohammad Awad regain the lead for Maccabi before Gal Arael’s penalty ensured that Hapoel didn’t go home empty handed.
It proved to be another happy outing for Milos Degenek and his FK Crvena zvezda side as they cruised to a 4-1 victory against FK Radnik Surdulica in the Serbian SuperLiga.
Degenek entered the fray at the beginning of the second half with his side already 2-1 up thanks to goals from Radovan Pankov and Srdjan Babic.
An Andrija Radulovic penalty and Veljko Simic goal in the final five minutes of the fixture made it four for the recently crowned league champions.
Bundesliga action on Saturday morning saw Brandon Borrello’s SC Freiburg record a 1-0 triumph against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Borrello was not a part of the matchday squad as his side claimed their first victory since the season restarted in mid-May.
Super sub Nils Petersen scored the decisive goal on 58 minutes, only a minute after being introduced.
Mathew Leckie’s Hertha Berlin fell to their first defeat in over three months after going down 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.
Leckie didn’t feature for Berlin due to a mild muscle strain as coach Bruno Labbadia suffered his first defeat since taking charge of the side at the beginning of April.
Emre Can scored the decisive goal for Dortmund just before the hour mark.
James Jeggo played the full 90 minutes for Austria Wien as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to SKN St. Poelten on Saturday night.
Wien went ahead after three minutes thanks to Manprit Sarkaria’s strike before Robert Ljubicic levelled the scoring in the 76th minute.
Poelten ended the match with 10 men after Ljubicic was given his marching orders in the 90th minute for a second bookable offence.
James Holland was involved in a 3-3 thriller for LASK Linz as they went head to head against Wolfsberger AC on Sunday.
Holland’s side opened the scoring through Dominik Frieser before Gernot Trauner doubled their advantage.
Cheikhou Dieng pulled one back for Wolfsberger just before the hour mark while Michael Liendl restored parity for the hosts shortly after.
Wolfsberger then took the lead for the first time in the 89th minute thanks to Michael Novak however a last minute equaliser from LASK’s Samuel Tetteh ensured that his side came away with a point.
Rashid Mahazi’s Incheon United fell to a 2-1 defeat against Gangwon FC in their K League affair on Friday night.
Mahazi was not selected in his side’s matchday squad as they slumped to their third consecutive defeat and dropped to the foot of the league ladder.
Jason Davidson’s Ulsan Hyundai claimed bragging rights in the east coast derby as they put four unanswered goals past Brandon O’Neill’s Pohang Steelers on Saturday night.
O’Neill was an unused substitute for Pohang while Davidson wasn’t named in Ulsan’s matchday squad.
A first half double from Lee Chung-yong gave Ulsan a 2-0 lead heading into the break before Kim In-sung and Junior Negrao got in on the act in the final quarter hour of the contest.
The three points propels Ulsan into second on the K League table while the defeat sees the Steelers drop down to sixth.
Adam Taggart and Terry Antonis’ Suwon Bluewings suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against bottom of the table Gwangju FC.
Taggart played just under 80 minutes for the Bluewings while Antonis entered the fray just after the hour mark.
A goal from Gwangju’s Felipe in the dying moments of the encounter proved to be the difference.
Suwon’s record this campaign doesn’t make for pretty reading with three one win, one draw and three defeats from their first five clashes.
The Bulgarian Premier League returned last weekend with Tomi Juric featuring for CSKA Sofia as they came up against bottom of the table Vitosha Bistritsa on Saturday night.
The Socceroos striker came off the bench and appeared for the final 10 minutes of the fixture.
CSKA’s winning goal arrived while he was on the pitch as substitute Evandro scored with five minutes remaining in the contest.