Jackson Irvine backed up his goal for the Socceroos with another for St Pauli as they came from behind to draw 2-2 away to Paderborn in the German 2.Bundesliga on Saturday.
Irvine, who only returned from an ankle injury late last month, put St Pauli ahead 2-1 in the 78th minute when he was first to react after Marcel Hartel’s effort hit the post.
Earlier, Paderborn went ahead with a spectacular Florent Muslija long-range strike, before Irvine curled a tame effort to goalkeeper Jannik Huth on the half hour.
St Pauli equalised before Irvine stretched to glance a 64th minute header wide, only to get his goal with a left-footed finish from a rebound.
Irvine played the whole game in his central midfield role, while Connor Metcalfe came on as a 46th minute substitute.
78′ JACKSON!!!! #Eggestein goes for goal from the edge of the box. His low shot smacks back off the post but the skipper is there to slot the rebound into the empty net! We have the lead!#fcsp | #scpfcsp 1-2
— FC St. Pauli English (@fcstpauli_EN) October 21, 2023
In the Dutch Eredivisie, Mat Ryan kept his eighth clean sheet of the season as AZ Alkmaar stayed in touch with leaders PSV Eindhoven with a comprehensive 3-0 home win over Heerenveen.
Ryan helped AZ to victory with a good save to deny Thom Haye’s free-kick in the first half with AZ up 1-0.
— AZ (@AZAlkmaar) October 21, 2023
Garang Kuol’s FC Volendam are down in the drop zone after a 2-1 loss at RKC Waalwijk, with the young Socceroos starlet starting and playing 78 minutes in the defeat.
In the French Ligue 1 on Sunday, Denis Genreau was an 89th minute substitute as Toulouse drew 1-1 with Reims.
In the Swiss Super League, Awer Mabil and Jordan Laws both put in full shifts as Grasshoppers won 2-1 over Lugano to move up to ninth.
In the Belgian Pro League, Aiden O’Neill was a 97th minute substitute for Standard Liege as they completed a comeback 3-2 win over Anderlecht, having trailed 2-0.
Jordan Bos was a 77th minute substitute as bottom-placed Westerlo netted a last-gasp equalizer in a 1-1 draw at RWDM. Westerlo are now unbeaten in four games as they rally after a disastrous start to the campaign.
Ajdin Hrustic was absent again as Hellas Verona went down 3-1 at home to champions Napoli in the Italian Serie A. Verona are 16th and winless in their past seven games.
In Spain’s Segunda Division, Ryan Edwards was a 73rd minute substitute as 10-man Amorebieta drew 0-0 with Real Oviedo. Edwards’ newly promoted side are 19th in the 22-team league.
In Norway’s Eliteserien, Patrick Yazbek netted Viking’s opening goal in their 4-3 home defeat to Tromso. Yazbek started and played 78 minutes, making it 2-1 in the 63rd minute. Watch the goal here.
In the English Championship, Harry Souttar was an unused sub as leaders Leicester City continued their strong form with a 3-1 win at Swansea City, while Tom Glover and Sam Silvera were also left on the bench as the resurgent Middlesbrough beat Birmingham City 1-0 to move up to 13th.
It was an unhappy afternoon for Socceroos trio Lewis Miller, Jimmy Jeggo and Martin Boyle in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday as Hibernian were hammered 4-0 at Rangers.
Jeggo started and played an hour, earning a 5/10 rating from Edinburgh Live who wrote: “Plenty energy but the game passed him by the longer it went on until he was hooked for Dylan Levitt.”
Boyle put in a full shift but was only rated 4/10: “Had scored four goals against the Gers in the past (including that famous hat trick in 2021) but was simply not involved in the game at all.”
New Socceroos debutant Miller got a 4/10: “Unfortunate with the deflection that lead to the opener and did still try to get forward even as the game slipped away from Hibs. Replaced on 68 mins as part of a triple sub.”
On Sunday, Kye Rowles played a full game, while Cammy Devlin and Calum Nieuwenhof both started as Hearts lost 4-1 at home to Celtic.
Rowles earned a 6/10 rating from the Edinburgh Evening News who wrote: “Read the game well and tackled strongly.”
Devlin started and played 82 minutes, earning a 6/10 rating: “No lack of endeavour from the Australian in midfield.” Nieuwenhof was replaced in the 58th minute and was rated 5/10: “Gave the ball away too often in the first half. Could have been subbed earlier.”
In Japan’s J2 League, Stefan Mauk got on the scoresheet as Fagiano Okayama drew 2-2 at Renofa Yamaguchi. Mauk, who put in a full shift, made it 1-1 in the 61st minute.
Mitch Duke was a 79th minute substitute as Machida Zelvia won 3-0 Roasso Kumamoto to clinch promotion to the J1 League for the first time.
— FC町田ゼルビア (@FcMachidaZelvia) October 22, 2023
Alessandro Circati (Parma), Kenny Dougall (Blackpool), Nicholas Bilokapic (Peterborough), Ash Maynard-Brewer (Charlton), Mitchell Langerak (Nagoya Grampus)
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