SEVERAL Aussies warmed up for next week’s clash against France with starring performances across the globe over the weekend. Tim Cahill, Josh Kennedy, Mat Ryan and Dario Vidosic were the standouts, while the news wasn’t so good for Lucas Neill, who was sent off in Japan.
In the American MLS, Tim Cahill continued his excellent form with a last gasp equaliser for the New York Red Bulls in their 2-2 draw with New England Revolution. Cahill scored with the last play of the game, with his header looping over Revolution ‘keeper Matt Reis who had initially punched clear a free-kick. David Carney played a full game in the contest and made a significant error in the 91st minute, hesitating on the ball before being dispossessed allowing Diego Fadungez to race through and score what looked like the winner until Cahill popped up.
In Switzerland, Dario Vidosic starred with a double for FC Sion in their 2-2 draw with BSC Young Boys. Vidosic opened the scoring on 8 minutes, capitalising on some slack defending to race clear from a throw in and finish coolly past Marco Wolfli. After Young Boys went 2-1 up, Vidosic equalised for his side with 10 minutes remaining, again making the most of some ordinary defending to receive a short corner and fire a powerful effort past Wolfli.
Elsewhere, Oliver Bozanic played a full game in midfield as FC Luzern beat FC Zurich 2-0.
In Belgium, Mat Ryan continued his excellent form with another clean sheet as Club Brugge beat OH Leuven 1-0. Ryan made a fine save just after the half time interval from Bjorn Ruytinx’s powerful effort.
In Japan, Josh Kennedy starred for Nagoya Grampus in their 1-1 draw with Shonan Bellmare. Kennedy scored his side’s only goal from the penalty spot and was a constant threat throughout, drawing several good saves out of Bellmare ‘keeper Alex Rafael.
Elsewhere, Lucas Neill saw red as Omiya Ardija’s poor form continued with a 4-0 loss to Urawa Red Diamonds. Neill was unlucky to be sent off after just 8 minutes with his challenge on Shinzo Koroki containing minimal contact.
In the English Premier League, Mile Jedinak played a full game in midfield as Crystal Palace lost 3-1 to Liverpool. Brad Jones was an unused substitute for Liverpool.
Elsewhere, Chris Herd was an unused substitute as Aston Villa played out a dour 0-0 draw with Hull City, while Mark Schwarzer was an unused substitute as Chelsea beat Norwich 3-1.
In the Championship, Rhys Williams returned from suspension, playing a full game as Middlesbrough thumped struggling Yeovil Town 4-1. Williams was at fault for Yeovil’s opening goal on 4 minutes, misjudging a ball which allowed Liam Davies in who finished well past Jason Steele.
Shane Lowry was an unused substitute as Millwall copped a 5-2 hammering from struggling Bournemouth. Scott McDonald missed the clash with a knee problem.
Adam Federici was an unused substitute as Reading lost 2-1 to Burnley. Alex Cisak was an unused substitute for Burnley.
In League One, Bailey Wright played a full game in defence as Preston North End lost 2-0 to fellow high flyers Peterborough United. Wright went close to scoring in the second half but his superb volley hit the crossbar.
James Wesolowski played a full game in midfield as Oldham Athletic held league leaders Leyton Orient to a 1-1 draw.
Massimo Luongo played a full game in midfield and was adjudged as man of the match in Swindon Town’s 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.
James Meredith played a full game at left-back as Bradford City beat Walsall 2-0.
Elsewhere, Bradden Inman was an 83rd minute substitute as Crewe Alexandra’s horrific form continued with a 4-0 loss to Notts County. Elsewhere, Neil Kilkenny was absent as Bristol City drew 1-1 with Port Vale.
In League Two, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff played a full game in defence as Burton Albion beat Wycombe 2-1.
Elsewhere, Ryan Williams was an unused substitute as Oxford United lost 2-0 to Southend United.
In the Scottish Premier League, Dylan McGowan started and played 65 minutes as Hearts remained bottom following a 2-0 loss to fellow struggler St Mirren.
Elsewhere, Jackson Irvine was a 75th minute substitute as Kilmarnock lost 1-0 to Dundee United, while Tom Rogic was absent from the Celtic side that beat Motherwell 2-0.
In the German Bundesliga, Robbie Kruse was an 81st minute substitute as Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 with league leaders Bayern Munich.
Elsewhere, Mitch Langerak was an unused substitute as Borussia Dortmund lost 2-0 to rivals Borussia Monchengladbach.
In the German Second Division, Mathew Leckie started and played 60 minutes as FSV Frankfurt beat Erzgebirge Aue 3-1. Leckie was dangerous throughout his shift and played a role in Edmond Kapllani’s first goal on 15 minutes. Nikita Rukavytsya was a 69th minute substitute in the clash.
In the German Third Division, Mustafa Amini played a full game in midfield as Borussia Dortmund II thumped Hallescher FC 4-0.
In the Dutch Eredivisie, Jason Davidson played a full game in defence as Heracles lost 2-1 to NAC Breda.
Elsewhere, Tommy Oar started and played 61 minutes as FC Utrecht lost 3-0 to Ajax. Adam Sarota remained out with a knee injury.
Eli Babalj remained out with a groin problem as AZ Alkmaar lost 2-1 to FC Groningen.
In the Dutch Second Division, Travis Cooper was a half time substitute as VVV Venlo drew 2-2 with Almere City.
In the Italian Serie A, Carl Valeri remained out with injury as Sassuolo lost 3-1 to Parma.
In Austria, James Holland played a full game in midfield as Austria Wien lost 2-1 to Red Bull Salzburg.
In Russia, Luke Wilkshire played a full game at right-back as Dinamo Moscow beat rivals CSKA Moscow 2-0.
In the Greek Super League, Apostolos Giannou was a 56th minute substitute as Panionios lost 2-1 to Aris FC. Dean Bouzanis was an unused substitute for Aris.
In the Greek Second Division, Billy Konstantinidis found the back of the net for Panserraikos in their 1-1 draw with Agrotikos.
In Cyprus, Robert Stambolziev found the back of the net for AE Kouklion in their 5-1 loss to Anorthosis FC.
In the Turkish Second Division, Kerem Bulut played a full game in attack as Karsiyaka lost 4-2 to Istanbul BB.
Elsewhere, Andrew Marveggio was an unused substitute as Telstar lost 4-3 to FC Dordrecht.
In Ireland, Mark Griffin was an unused substitute as Derry City beat Shelbourne 3-1.
In South Korea, Luke Devere was an unused substitute as Gyeongnam lost 2-1 to Gangwon FC. Brendan Hamill was absent from the Gangwon match-day squad.
Elsewhere, Adrian Madaschi was absent as Jeju United lost 2-1 to Seongnam.
In the Chinese Super League, Joel Griffiths returned to the starting line-up, playing a full game in attack as Qingdao Jonoon missed a good opportunity to jump out of the relegation zone, drawing 0-0 with relegated Wuhan Zall.
Erik Paartalu played a full game in midfield as Tianjin Teda beat Dalian Aerbin 2-0. Daniel Mullen played a full game in defence for Dalian.
Eddy Bosnar played a full game in defence as Guangzhou R&F ended their miserable run with a 1-0 win over Changchun Yatai. Bosnar almost scored a first half stunner with a trademark free-kick but his effort was well saved by the ‘keeper. Rostyn Griffiths played a full game in midfield for Guangzhou.
Daniel McBreen played a full game in attack as Shanghai SIPG lost 1-0 to Shanghai Shenxin. McBreen had a golden chance to score for his side in the second half but he saw an effort on goal cleared off the line. Bernie Ibini was missing from the SIPG match-day squad, while Michael Marrone started and played 52 minutes for Shenxin.
Ryan McGowan played a full game in defence as Shandong Luneng lost 4-2 to Guangzhou Evergrande in their top of the table clash.
Elsewhere, Jonas Salley played a full game in defence as Guizhou Renhe lost 2-1 to Shanghai Shenhua.
In the Chinese Second Division, Adam Hughes started and played 54 minutes as Harbin Yiteng’s promotion hopes struck a blow with a 2-0 loss to Hunan Xiangtao.
In the UAE, Alex Brosque played a full game in attack as Al Ain beat Al Shaab 3-1. Billy Celeski started for Al Shaab but was replaced at half time.
Brett Holman was absent from the match-day squad as Al Nasr beat Al Shabab 2-0.
Elsewhere Milan Susak played a full game in defence as Al Wasl lost 3-0 to Emirates Club.
In the Qatar Stars League, Sasa Ognenovski played a full game in defence as Umm Salal played out a thrilling 4-4 draw with Al Sadd.
Elsewhere, Mark Bresciano started and played 82 minutes Al Gharafa drew 1-1 with Qatar SC.
In Iran, Iain Fyfe played a full game in defence as cellar-dwellers Mes Kermann held giants Sepahan to a 0-0 draw.