Young Socceroos defender Nectarios Triantis made his English Championship debut on Saturday, putting in a full shift and playing a part in the winner as Sunderland beat Birmingham City 3-1 to move up to sixth.
Triantis, 20, joined Sunderland in June on a four-year deal from Central Coast Mariners but hadn’t played despite numerous appearances on the first-team bench this term.
The defender got his opportunity on Saturday after centre-back Dennis Cirkin pulled out after suffering a hamstring injury in the warm-up. With Luke O’Nien and Dan Ballard both suspended, Triantis was thrust into the starting line-up and earned a 6/10 rating from Chronicle Live.
Chronicle Live wrote: “A late replacement for the injured Cirkin, he grew into the game on his first league start and forced the own-goal that restored Sunderland’s lead in the second half.”
The Australia youth international was involved in the goal that put Sunderland 2-1 up, with Trai Howe’s looped header across goal from a short corner seeing Triantis and Emmanuel Aiwu contest with the Brum defender’s attempted clearance cannoning off teammate Dion Sanderson and into the back of the net.
Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray was impressed with Triantis, stating: “It was frustrating (for Dennis) but it’s great for Nectar that he has come in and it’s worked out so well for him, got himself a goal and helped the team win and get three points.”
Cameron Burgess received a 7/10 rating from East Anglian Daily Times after a full game in Ipswich Town’s 3-2 win over Swansea City which put them equal top on points. Massimo Luongo was a 78th minute substitute.
Sam Silvera, Tom Glover and Harry Souttar were all unused subs as Middlesbrough toppled leaders Leicester City 1-0. Riley McGree (foot) remains out injured.
In League One, new Socceroo Kusini Yengi was an unused substitute while Alex Robertson was named Player of the Match as Portsmouth drew 2-2 with Caleb Maynard-Brewer’s Charlton.
Robertson and Maynard-Brewer both full games, with the former earning a 9/10 rating from the Portsmouth News who wrote: “An absolute delight to watch. His shot inside the opening minute brought a save out of keeper which set the tone for a magnificent individual display oozing class and the occasional wonderful piece of skill. Superb.”
Mitch Duke rounded out a triumphant J2 League campaign with a goal in champions Machida Zelvia’s 3-1 victory away to Vegalta Sendai on Sunday.
Duke, who started and played 66 minutes, netted Machida’s second goal in the 55th minute, taking his season tally to 10. Machida finished champions, eight points clear of second-placed Jubilo Iwata and will play J1 next season.
後半10分、左サイドで仕掛けた #荒木駿太 選手のクロスのこぼれ球を、冷静にボレー💥
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Mat Ryan produced a strong display with a string of good saves but couldn’t prevent AZ Alkmaar slipping to fourth after a 1-0 loss away to Feyenoord in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday.
Garang Kuol was a 64th minute substitute for struggling FC Volendam who went down 4-1 to Sparta Rotterdam.
Awer Mabil scored one goal and set up another as Grasshoppers routed Stade Lausanne 5-2 in the Swiss Super League on Sunday.
Mabil scored Grasshoppers’ third goal in the 36th minute and provided the assist for Francis Momoh’s 51st minute strike too.
Mabil started and played 83 minutes in the win, while Jordan Laws put in a full shift.
— Grasshopper Club Zürich (@GCZurich_EN) November 12, 2023
Jackson Irvine missed German 2.Bundesliga leaders St Pauli’s 0-0 draw with fourth-placed Hannover 96 due to suspension on Friday night. Connor Metcalfe played a full game.
Jordan Bos provided the assist for Westerlo’s 90th minute equaliser as they drew Sint-Truiden 3-3 in Belgium’s Pro League on Friday.
Bos, who put in a full shift, took on a shot which Matija Frigan diverted home for the late leveller.
— KVC Westerlo (@KVCWesterlo) November 10, 2023
Aiden O’Neill was a 69th minute sub for Standard Liege as they were hammered 6-0 by champions Antwerp on Saturday.
Cristian Volpato was a 72nd minute substitute for Sassuolo as they rallied back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Salernitana in the Italian Serie A on Friday. Ajdin Hrustic was absent as Hellas Verona lost 1-0 at Genoa.
Alessandro Circati started and played 88 minutes on Sunday as Serie B leaders Parma lost 3-2 at Lecco.
In the Scottish Premiership on Saturday, Martin Boyle drove forward on a brilliant run before laying off the pass for Hibernian’s winner in their 1-0 triumph over Kilmarnock.
Boyle and Lewis Miller both played full games, with the former setting up Josh Campbell’s 36th minute winner. Jimmy Jeggo was a 68th minute sub.
Kye Rowles earned a 7/10 rating while Calum Nieuwenhof was rated 5/10 in Hearts’ 2-1 win at Motherwell. Both played full games, with Cammy Devlin an unused sub and Nat Atkinson out injured.
Edinburgh Evening News wrote about Rowles: “Not afraid to take the ball up the pitch through Cochrane or by himself, helping Hearts out of trouble on numerous occasions.” On Nieuwenhof, they added: “Could have been much firmer with his passes to offer better support up front.”
Ryan Strain and Keanu Baccus both put in full shifts as St Mirren lost 4-0 at Dundee, while Ryan McGowan played a full game as St Johnstone beat Ross County 1-0.
Brad Smith was an unused sub as Houston Dynamo advanced to the MLS Cup Conference Semifinals following a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Real Salt Lake after a 1-1 draw in their best-of-three Round One series.
Nicholas Bilokapic (Peterborough United), Mitch Langerak (Nagoya Grampus), Peter Makrillos (Chungbuk Cheongju), Alex Grant (Pohang Steelers)
Ryan Edwards – ST 75 (Amorebieta), Anthony Kalik – SB 76 (Hajduk Split), John Iredale – SB 83 (Wehen Wiesbaden), Patrick Yazbek – SB 46 (Viking), Thomas Deng – SB 57 (Albirex Niigata), Craig Goodwin – ST 87 (Al Wehda)
James Holland (Austria Vienna), Milos Degenek (Red Star Belgrade), Mohamed Toure (Paris FC), Jack Iredale (Bolton), Cameron Peupion (Cheltenham)
Denis Genreau (Toulouse), Jason Davidson (KAS Eupen)
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