There was a lot of action in the various leagues across the globe with many players making debuts for their new clubs and Dylan Macallister scoring after only 11 minutes while James Wesolowski was also on the scoresheet in a match to remember.
In the English FA Cup Brad Jones played a full match and kept a clean sheet when Liverpool advanced to the next round at Bournemouth (2-0). Mile Jedinak was rested in Crystal Palace’s squad when the team bowed out at Wigan (2-1). Mark Schwarzer played a full match for Chelsea and kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 win against Stoke.
In the Championship Adam Federici was an unused substitute in Reading’s 2-0 loss at Ipswich. Rhys Williams played a full match when Middlesbrough lost with the same result at Leicester.
In League One Massimo Luongo played a full match when Swindon beat Shrewsbury 3-1 at home. James Wesolowski was part of a thriller when Oldham won 5-4 against Peterborough. His team was 3-0 down at half-time and was able to make 3-2 in the first nine minutes of the second half. But Peterborough answered only a few minutes later to make it 4-2. And it was James Wesolowski who gave the Latics some hope again when he converted a fine cross from Gary Harkins (68'). The match was completely turned around when two late goals gave Oldham the win. Bradden Inman played a full match when Crewe lost 1-0 at Tranmere which keeps his team in the danger zone.
In League Two Shane Cansdell-Sherriff was still missing due to a broken cheekbone. Burton lost 4-2 at home against Fleetwood Town. Ryan Williams and Aaron Downes played full matches for their respective sides when Oxford United recorded a narrow 1-0 win against Torquay United. Lee Burns played a full match for Dartford against Cambridge United (3-3).
In the Conference Premier Mitchell Austin was an unused substitute when Lincoln had a 2-2 draw against Woking.
In Germany the Bundesliga came back to action after the winter break with Robbie Kruse missing for Leverkusen due to a torn ACL. His team had a rare loss at Freiburg (3-2) after leading 2-1 at half-time. Mitch Langerak was on the bench for Dortmund in their shock draw at home against Augsburg.
For Dortmund’s second team Mustafa Amini was missing due to a bone bruise when Borussia lost 2-1 at Unterhaching in the 3. Liga.
In Italy’s Serie B Carl Valeri had his long awaited return to the pitch after moving to Ternana Calcio during the week. He came on for the last five minutes while his team won 2-1 at Carpi.
In Portugal’s League Cup Caleb Patterson-Sewell was on the bench when Gil Vicente lost their final group match at SL Benfica (1-0). The team finished in third position and did not advance to the semifinal.
In the Dutch Eredivisie Jason Davidson played a full match and helped his side to a 2-1 win against Waalwijk. Eli Babalj was still missing in Alkmaar’s match squad with his team losing 1-0 at Eindhoven. Tommy Oar and Adam Sarota played full matches for Utrecht when their side went down at Kerkrade with the same result.
In the Eerste Divisie Harry Ascroft was an unused substitute in Venlo's win at Tilburg (1-0). Travis Cooper was missing as he was on the way back from the AFC U22 Championship. Andrew Marveggio was an unused substitute for Telstar when his side was thrashed by FC Emmen (4-1).
In Turkey’s SüperLig Kerem Bulut was missing for Akhisar Belediyespor in their 2-1 loss at Elzazigspor.
In the Turkish 2. Lig Emre Balcı played the last 12 minutes for his new club İnegölspor in a 3-0 win against Kırklarelispor.
In Belgium’s Eerste Klasse Mathew Ryan was unlucky as both goals in Club Brugge’s 2-0 loss at Anderlecht seemed to be offside.
In the Superleague in Greece Apostolis Giannou came on in the 66th minute when Panionios lost 4-1 at Panthrakikos.
In the Greek Football League Giannis Simosis played 60 minutes for Karditsa in a scoreless draw against Tryrnavos.
In the Greek Football League 2 Billy Konstantinidis still cannot stop scoring. He helped Panserraikos to a 3-0 win against Moudania and scored the second one. He will be missed in the next match due to a yellow card suspension. In another group in League 2 Niko Tsattatilos played 65 minutes when Kambaniakos had a 2-1 win against Agios Thomas.
In the Scottish Premiership Jackson Irvine and Dylan McGowan played full matches and both recorded important wins. Kilmarnock won 2-0 against Inverness while Hearts won 2-1 away at Ross County.
In Asia Iain Fyfe started for Mes Kerman in the Iranian Pro League when his team lost 1-0 at home against Naft Tehran keeping the team at the bottom of the table.
In the UA Emirates Alex Brosque played a full match in Al Ain’s 1-1 draw against Al Dharfa.
In Malaysia’s Super League Spase Dilevski played a full match when ATM lost 1-0 at Selangor PKNS. Steven Pantelidis played a full match for Selangor coached by Mehmet Duraković in a 2-1 loss against Singapore Lions XII. Mario Karlović was missing due to a knee operation for Terengganu when his side went down 1-0 at Perak.
In the Premier League Adam Griffiths started for David Mitchell’s Kedah FA in a 4-1 against Perlis. Srećko Mitrović played a full match when Sabah lost at Pinang (3-1).
In Hong Kong Dylan Macallister had a great start for Eastern AA when he came on in the 71st minute and scored only 11 minutes later, making it 3-1. At the end his team won 4-1 against Southern District.
In India’s Federation Cup Jerry Karpeh was close to some silverware when he played a full match for Sporting Goa in their 3-1 loss against Churchill Brothers in the final.
And finally in New Zealand’s Premiership Richard Cardozo played another full match for Waitakere and scored when his team demolished Wanderers SC 6-1. Jamie de Abreu played 70 minutes for Team Wellington in their 2-2 draw at Southern United while George Slefendorfas was not in WaiBOP United’s squad in their 3-2 loss at Hawke’s Bay.7 comments