Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy has celebrated his 30th birthday in style, scoring a match-winning goal in his Chinese Super League debut for Shanghai SIPG.
Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy has scored on his Chinese Super League debut for new club Shanghai SIPG.
Mooy came off the bench in the 46th minute against Wuhan Zall and after teammate Marko Arnautovic opened the scoring in the 59th minute, Mooy made it 2-0 just 12 minutes later.
The Socceroo latched onto a clever through-ball from former Brazil international Oscar and chipped Wuhan's goalkeeper for his maiden goal.
On his 30th birthday, Mooy's strike would prove to be the matchwinner.
Wuhan pulled back a goal later in the half but SIPG were able to hold on for a 2-1 win.
The Socceroo joined SIPG from Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion in August on a deal reported to be worth $18 million.
The surprise switch came after Mooy made 32 appearances for Brighton last season and scored twice to help the club to their best Premier League points tally.