Saturday 16 December 2017 / 12:26 PM

DOWN UNDER REPORT: FOOTBALL

Commentary Box Sports brings you a wrap of last week’s action involving Aussies and Kiwis playing over in Europe.

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It’s mission accomplished for Socceroo Aaron Mooy, his Huddersfield Town side have booked their spot in the Premier League for next season.

Town won through in dramatic circumstances against Reading FC in the promotion play-off, winning 4-3 on penalties to jump back into English football’s top flight for the first time in 45 years.

Mooy played a vital role in the win, pulling strings nicely in the middle of the park through 90 minutes, before calmly slotting his penalty attempt at a time when his side were trailing 3-2.

It remains to be seen where the 26-year-old will play his football next year. His contract is owned by Premier League heavyweights Manchester City, but he is also being linked with a move to fellow promoted sides Newcastle and Brighton.

Huddersfield will also be desperate to retain his services, after Mooy finished his first year in Europe with four goals and seven assists, carving a reputation as one of the second-tier’s best players along with Kiwi Chris Wood.

In other action Tom Rogic was the hero for Celtic in the Scottish Cup final, coming off the bench to score the stoppage-time winner against Aberdeen.

The powerful right-footed effort gave Celtic their third trophy of the year and was the second time in two years that the 24-year-old from Canberra had scored a goal in a Cup final victory.

Moving to other European action and Aussie shot-stopper Mat Ryan kept another clean sheet for Genk in a 3-0 win over Sint-Truiden, while Trent Sainsbury played the final 20 minutes for Inter Milan in their 5-2 victory over Udinese in the Italian Serie A.

At the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea, New Zealand advanced through from the group stage after finishing second in their pool.

A first-up draw with Vietnam was followed by a thumping 3-1 win over Honduras, before a 2-0 loss to highly-regarded France.

Vancouver Whitecaps player Myer Bevan has been in strong form for the Kiwi side, while Auckland City FC’s Clayton Lewis has been a consistent force.

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Corey Rosser

One of CBS’s newest contributors, Te Aroha product Corey is the New Zealand correspondent for NRL.com, the editor for the excellent new site Kiwi League Central, and a guru of the local Auckland rugby league scene.

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