Denis Genreau played his part against Paris Saint-Germain superstars as Toulouse pulled off a commendable 1-1 draw in France’s Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Genreau entered the fray in the 57th minute, with PSG substitute Kylian Mbappe putting the visitors ahead from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute.
But Toulouse won a penalty late on, which Zakaria Aboukhlal converted for the draw.
In the Italian Serie A, Ajdin Hrustic was absent again as Hellas Verona opened their league campaign with a 1-0 win at Empoli.
Hrustic had missed Verona’s Coppa Italia clash last weekend as well, despite recently being handed the club’s number 10 shirt. There are no reports in local media of any injury.
On Sunday, Awer Mabil wasn’t in the Cadiz matchday squad as they lost 2-0 away to Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga.
Mat Ryan helped AZ Alkmaar to three points with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory away to RKC Waalwijk in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday. Ryan put in a full shift in goal.
Start was not good enough, but a good response in the second half to take the points. Onto the next one 👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/ccS42n6n4R
— Maty Ryan (@MatyRyan) August 20, 2023
Ex-Perth Glory youngster Keegan Jelacic made his Norwegian Eliteserien debut for Stabaek in their 1-0 loss at Viking on Sunday.
Jelacic, who was signed by Belgian club Gent before being loaned out, only made a brief cameo as a 93rd minute substitute.
For Viking, Patrick Yazbek started and played 63 minutes when he was replaced by Nick D’Agostino.
Cammy Devlin netted twice on Thursday as Hearts won 3-1 over Rosenborg to clinch a 4-3 aggregate win in their UEFA Conference League third qualifying round tie.
Devlin was an unused sub on Sunday as Hearts won 4-0 over Patrick Thistle in the Scottish League Cup, with Kye Rowles putting in a full shift and Callum Nieuwenhof starting and playing 61 minutes. Nathaniel Atkinson was absent after a good game in Europe in midweek.
Forgotten Socceroos left-back Brad Smith got on the scoresheet in the MLS, netting Houston Dynamo’s 5-0 victory over Portland Timbers.
Smith came off the bench in the 61st minute, netting two minutes later when he got on the end of goalkeeper Steve Clark’s long ball, chesting it down and then curling in a right-foot strike.
In the English Premier League, Tyrese Francois and Cameron Peupion weren’t in the matchday squads for Fulham or Brighton & Hove Albion in their Saturday games.
In the Championship, Harry Souttar was also absent for Leicester City in their 2-1 home win over Cardiff City. Souttar has been linked with a move away from the Foxes with the transfer window due to close at the end of the month.
Sam Silvera kept up his bright start at Middlesbrough with an assist in their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town, but spurned a few late opportunities for a winner.
Silvera, who put in a full shift, got the assist for Hayden Hackney’s 61st minute goal. Riley McGree was a 69th minute substitute, while Tom Glover was an unused sub.
Teesside Live rated Silvera 5/10 and wrote: “Tried to be a bit too cute and wasteful at times in possession. Needs a little bit more composure in the final third. Did set up Hackney for the goal but a simple ball inside. Missed two sitters at the end.”
Massimo Luongo and Cam Burgess both played full games as newly-promoted Ipswich Town continued their excellent start with a 1-0 win at QPR.
Nectarios Triantis was an unused substitute as Sunderland won 2-1 over Rotherham United.
In League One, Alex Robertson started and played 94 minutes in Portsmouth’s 0-0 home draw with Cheltenham Town, earning a 5/10 rating from the Portsmouth News.
Portsmouth News wrote: “Had a first-half backheel which flashed just wide and a second-half free-kick which narrowly whistled over, but generally couldn’t get involved enough to provide the attacking spark.”
Jackson Irvine (St Pauli), Keanu Baccus (St Mirren), Jimmy Jeggo (Hibernian), Milos Degenek (Red Star Belgrade), Ash Maynard-Brewer (Charlton), Nicholas Bilokapic (Peterborough), Mitch Langerak (Nagoya Grampus), Harrison Delbridge (Incheon United), Alex Grant (Pohang Steelers)
Connor Metcalfe – ST 64 (St Pauli), Aiden O’Neill – ST 70 (Standard Liege), Ryan Strain – ST 94 (St Mirren), Lewis Miller – SB 60 (Hibernian), Martin Boyle – ST 59 (Hibernian), Jack Iredale – ST 87 (Bolton), Callum Elder – SB 76 (Derby County), Mitch Duke – SB 85 (Machida Zelvia), Thomas Deng – SB 76 (Albirex Niigata), Aaron Calver – ST 46 (Gwangju), Peter Makrillos – ST 66 (Chungbuk Cheongju)
Kenny Dougall (Blackpool)
Garang Kuol (FC Volendam), Jordan Bos (Westerlo)