Aaron Mooy provided two assists on a rare start for Celtic as they hammered Martin Boyle’s Hibernian 6-1 in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.
Mooy started and put in a full shift after a brief midweek cameo in the UEFA Champions League, setting up the Hoops’ fourth and sixth goals to James Forrest and Daizen Maeda.
The Socceroo swooped on a miscue in midfield to instantly play in Forrest for his 58th minute goal. Mooy laid off a lofted left-foot diagonal pass into the box for Maeda’s first-time finish in the 89th minute.
Mooy received a 7/10 rating from Glasgow Live who wrote: “Composed performance in the engine room. More Scott Brown-esque than McGregor picking the ball from deep. Provides assurance to the Hoops backline and won everything in a midfield missing its captain. Close to his first goal with late chance.”
Martin Boyle set up Hibs’ goal with the pass to release Elie Youan to score in the 56th minute to make it 3-1.
Edinburgh Live rated Boyle 4/10 and wrote: “Hardly got a sniff in the game. Anonymous for much of the contest. One decent chance in the second half just wide of the post.”
Ajdin Hrustic started and played 54 minutes as Hellas Verona’s losing run extended to five games with a 2-1 home loss to AC Milan in the Italian Serie A on Sunday.
Hrustic’s wayward pass led to Milan’s opener, giving away possession to Olivier Giroud as the Rossoneri broke forward with Rafael Leao breaking forward and forcing an own goal from Miguel Veloso.
Denis Genreau was an 84th minute substitute as Toulouse won 3-2 over Angers in the French Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Mat Ryan was an unused sub again with Kamil Grabara preferred for FC Copenhagen’s 1-1 derby draw with Brondby in the Danish Superliga on Sunday.
Kenny Dougall scored one goal and set up another as Blackpool drew 3-3 with Sheffield United in a wild English Championship match on Saturday that included four red cards.
Dougall swung in a cross for Jerry Yates to nod home on the half hour, before capitalizing on a deflected pass falling into his path in the box to fire home in the 50th minute to put Blackpool up 3-2.
Dean Bouzanis came in for a rare start for Reading with first-choice keeper Joe Lumley unwell, but they lost 2-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion who were without Tom Rogic in their first game since Steve Bruce’s sacking.
RDG Today rated Bouzanis 5/10 and wrote: “Was beaten at his near post by Phillips’ side-footed effort. Not entirely convincing when claiming crosses. Will not have given Lumley anything to worry about.”
Olyroo Caleb Watts made his return from an ankle injury as a 67th minute substitute in Morecambe’s 1-1 draw at Burton Albion in League One.
Awer Mabil was unused for the fourth straight game as Cadiz drew 1-1 at Girona in the Spanish La Liga.
On Friday night, Jackson Irvine celebrated his long-term contract extension with St Pauli with an assist as they won the Hamburg derby over rivals Hamburg SV 3-0 in the German 2.Bundesliga.
Irvine played a full game and cut the ball back for Marcel Hartel’s 74th minute goal, while Connor Metcalfe was an 86th minute.
Jason Davidson, Jimmy Jeggo, Alex Gersbach, Ryan McGowan, Ryan Strain, Thomas Deng, Lachlan Jackson, Harrison Delbridge, Mitch Duke
Gianni Stensness – ST 68, Bruce Kamau – SB 80, Keanu Baccus – ST 86, Riley McGree – SB 75, Bailey Wright – SB 90, Jack Iredale – ST 84, Anthony Kalik – ST 673, Tyrese Francois – ST 90, Deni Juric – ST 61, Aaron Calver – SB 68
James Holland, Joel King, Alessandro Circati, Phillip Cancar, Nicholas Bilokapic
Nathaniel Atkinson (inj), Cameron Devlin (susp), Callum Elder (inj), Fran Karacic