Tuesday 12 December 2017 / 04:19 AM

DOWN UNDER REPORT: FOOTBALL

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

Football

In the Premier League Mathew Ryan continues to impress for Brighton, but had a tough day at the office as heavyweights Arsenal got past him twice on their way to a 2-0 win. Ryan meanwhile said he welcomed the permanent signing of former Netherlands international keeper Tim Krul, who at this stage is warming the bench for Brighton.

Socceroos playmaker Aaron Mooy didn’t fare much better, with his Huddersfield side suffering a heavy 4-0 defeat at Tottenham, while Chris Wood was one of Burnley’s best, helping them to a 1-0 defeat of Everton which puts them sixth on the Premier League ladder after seven matches.

Wood’s commanding presence up front saw him earn a number of free kicks for his team, while he narrowly missed on goal with a header just before half-time.

Bailey Wright started and played a full match for Bristol City as they won 2-0 over Bolton, while James Meredith enjoyed a winning 90 for Millwall against Reading

Up in Scotland, Tom Rogic took the field for Celtic in a 2-2 draw with Hibernian, in a result which keeps them top of the standings on goal difference, while a level down Scott McDonald bagged the second goal for Dundee United in a 3-1 win over Dunfermline, scoring for the second time in two weeks.

A handful of Aussies also saw action in UEFA football, with Brad Jones playing in the nets for Dutch side Feyenoord in a 3-1 loss to Napoli, while Rogic played the first hour for Celtic as they cruised past Anderlecht 3-0.

In the Dutch Eredivisie, All White Ryan Thomas dinked home PEC Zwolle’s third goal as they beat Groningen 3-0 to go fourth on the ladder.

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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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