Jackson Irvine netted a double as St Pauli routed Sandhausen 5-0 in the Germany’s 2.Bundesliga to extend their winning run to eight games, moving up to fifth on the table.
Irvine scored St Pauli’s fourth goal on the stroke of half-time with a left-foot finish from Leart Paqarada’s free-kick.
Irvine added the fifth in the 88th minute with a desperate right-foot volley from a loose ball after a cutback.
The Socceroos midfielder put in a full shift while Connor Metcalfe started and played 62 minutes. Irvine has scored four goals in St Pauli’s past five games.
Metcalfe laid off the long pass to Oladapo Afolayan who jinked into the box and fired home for 3-0 in the 25th minute.
Harry Souttar earned an 8/10 rating from a “brilliant” performance in Leicester City’s 1-1 draw at Brentford in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Leicestershire Live wrote: “The big man was brilliant. Every header that he needed to win, and there were plenty, he threw himself at to ensure the danger was cleared. He made some excellent tackles too, and nearly scored a superb solo goal.”
Cristian Volpato was an unused substitute as AS Roma lost the Derby della Capitale 1-0 to Lazio in Serie A on Sunday.
Ajdin Hrustic was absent due to injury as Hellas Verona’s relegation concerns worsened with a 3-1 loss at 19th-placed Sampdoria.
Fran Karacic was an unused substitute as Brescia’s relegation worries worsened with a 3-0 home loss to Genoa in Italy’s Serie B on Saturday.
Alessandro Circati was handed a straight red card in the 61st minute as Parma lost 2-0 at Como.
Circati was given his marching orders for a last-man foul although it seemed slightly harsh.
Denis Genreau was an 88th minute substitute as Toulouse lost 2-0 at home to Lille in France’s Ligue 1.
Mat Ryan was beaten twice as AZ Alkmaar’s title hopes took a hit with a 2-1 loss at Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie.
AZ went 2-0 down inside 12 minutes, with Ryan beaten at his near post by Manfred Ugalde’s header, before being caught in no man’s land for a Vaclav Cerny cross headed in by Ugalde.
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Jason Davidson scored an own goal as KAS Eupen lost 3-0 to Gent in Belgian’s Pro League.
Gianni Stensness was on the scoresheet as Viking lost 5-3 to Bodo/Glimt in the Norwegian NM Cupen.
Stensness put in a full shift, while Nick D’Agostino was a 74th minute substitute. Patrick Yazbek started and played 74 minutes.
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Awer Mabil was a 78th minute substitute for Sparta Prague in their 2-0 win at Hradec Kralove in the Czech 1.Liga.
Trent Sainsbury was back after a minor injury, playing a full game as Al Wakrah won 5-2 over Al Ahli in the Qatari Stars League.
Riley McGree earned a 7/10 rating as Middlesbrough’s promotion charge continued with a 4-0 home win over Preston North End in the English Championship.
Teesside Live wrote about McGree, who started and played 72 minutes: “Was desperate to get himself a goal that didn’t quite come. Probably the least involved of Boro’s four attacking players, but nevertheless, still worked hard throughout and got involved in some wonderful inter-changing attacking play.”
Bailey Wright started for Rotherham United before their game with Cardiff City was abandoned after 47 minutes due to an unsafe pitch from heavy rainfall.
Massimo Luongo netted his first goal in his second stint for Ipswich Town as they won 2-0 over Shrewsbury in League One. Luongo burst into the box and volleyed home a deflected strike from Conor Chaplin in the 51st minute for 2-0.
The Aussie midfielder earned a 9/10 rating form the East Anglian Daily Times who wrote: “Luongo showed great control in this game as Ipswich bossed the midfield. Had chances before scoring, with a header going wide and a shot saved, with his sweeping shot putting Ipswich 2-0 and ultimately securing the win. His importance to this team now is clear.”
Luongo started and played 93 minutes while Cameron Burgess put in a full shift in defence and received an 8/10 rating for an “impressive” display.
Kye Rowles was the only Aussie in action for Hearts as they were hammered 3-0 by Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership. Garang Kuol and Cameron Devlin were unused subs.
Rowles put in a full shift and earned a 5/10 rating from the Edinburgh Evening News who wrote: “Not the worst by any means, but the Australian will be disappointed with the second Aberdeen goal and the way Hearts were cut open too often.”
Aaron Mooy was absent for Celtic’s 3-1 home win over Hibernian due to a minor knock.
Mitch Duke provided two assists as Machida Zelvia won 3-0- at Montedio Yamagata in the Japanese J2 League on Sunday.
Duke, who put in a full shift, is still yet to score for his new club but is adding plenty of value in attack with three assists in two games.
Jimmy Jeggo, Caleb Maynard-Brewer, Thomas Deng, Mitchell Langerak, Mark Birighitti, Aziz Behich, Keanu Baccus, Harrison Delbridge, Milos Degenek, Lachlan Jackson
Lewis Miller – ST 79, Kenny Dougall – SB 10, Callum Elder – SB 87, Caleb Wetts – SB 77, Ryan Strain – ST 83, Alex Grant – SB 76, Deni Juric – SB 85, Patrick Murnane – SB 37
Dean Bouzanis, Nicholas Bilokapic, Ryan McGowan