Aussies Abroad: Amini stars in AGF debut

The Australian ran the show in midfield as AGF started their Danish Superliga campaign with a 2-1 win over last season's runners-up

Mustafa Amini has completed a dream debut for AGF in the Danish Superliga, scoring and setting up another goal to clinch victory in their season opener.

AGF defeated SonderjyskE 2-1 on Sunday, with Amini creating the opening goal for Stephan Petersen and then doubling the visitors' lead in the second half to effectively wrap up the three points.

Amini, who signed from Randers last month, lined up in an advanced central midfield position in AGF's 4-1-4-1 formation and was thrilled to start his time in Aarhus with a win on the road.

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"To have a good start with the fans, it was a dream debut," he told AGF's YouTube channel.

"You know, I scored and to celebrate with the fans - we're at an away game and it felt like we were at a home game."

 

Up against SonderjyskE - the club that finished second last season - AGF started strongly with Amini pouncing on a loose ball in midfield in the 35th minute, driving forward and then releasing Petersen with a through-ball to score.

In the 53rd minute, Amini got into the box to collect Kasper Junker's cross, skipped away from two opponents and blasted the ball inside the near post.

The 23-year-old then jumped into the crowd to celebrate his goal.

 

Despite Simon Kroon's late goal for the hosts, AGF held on for victory.

Elsewhere in Denmark, Brent McGrath's debut for Esbjerg didn't go as well as he suffered a 4-0 defeat away to former club Brondby.

McGrath started but was taken off in the 71st minute.

In Thailand, Mark Bridge notched his fourth goal for Chiang Rai United as they lost 2-1 to Chainat Hornbill.

It was a tough day in Asia for Aussies Abroad with Nathan Burns (FC Tokyo) and Adam Hughes (Zhejiang Yiteng) both suffering defeats, while Matthew Spiranovic's Hangzhou Greentown claimed a scoreless draw against Shijiazhuang Ever Bright.