Aussies Abroad weekend wrap

WITH the resumption of leagues around the world following the international break, our Swiss based Aussies showed no signs of a hangover after missing selection for the recent Socceroos clash against Brazil with impressive performances in the cup. Elsewhere, Sasa Ognenovski and Shane Lowry saw red, while Brett Holman made his debut in the UAE.

In the English Premier League, Mile Jedinak played a full game in midfield as 10-man Crystal Palace lost 2-0 to reigning champions Manchester United. Jedinak was typically strong in his holding midfield role but had mixed success with his passing, with the combative midfielder picking out Dwight Gayle with a superb pass which the striker dinked over ‘keeper David De Gea, only for his shot to fall just wide of the target. Only moments later, Jedinak’s errant pass sold team-mate Kagisho Dikgacoi into trouble with the South African midfielder fouling Ashley Young, conceding a penalty and seeing red for his challenge.

Mark Schwarzer was an unused substitute as Chelsea lost 1-0 to Everton, while Chris Herd was absent from the match-day squad as Aston Villa lost 2-1 to Newcastle.

In the Championship, Rhys Williams played a full game in defence as Middlesbrough lost 3-1 to Ipswich Town.

Shane Lowry was sent off as Millwall copped a 5-1 hammering from Derby County. Lowry was sent off for a high challenge on young Rams star Will Hughes to cap off a miserable day for the Lions, who dropped to the bottom of the table. Scott McDonald played a full game but had little impact in a side that created precious little.

Elsewhere, Adam Federici was an unused substitute as Reading played out a 0-0 draw with Brighton, while Alex Cisak was an unused substitute as Burnley drew 1-1 with local rivals Blackburn.

In League One, James Meredith played a full game as Bradford City drew 2-2 with Colchester United. Meredith provided an assist for Bradford’s equaliser on 52 minutes, with his with cross finding Nahki Wells who nodded home his second of the game.

Bailey Wright played a full game in defence as Preston North End beat Stevenage 3-0.Wright was involved with a superb team goal in the second half, winning the ball in defence and starting the move which culminated in former Premier League striker Kevin Davies lashing home a goal.

Bradden Inman played a full game in midfield as Crewe Alexandra lost 3-0 to Walsall, while Massimo Luongo played a full game as Swindon Town lost 3-2 to Wolverhampton. Luongo provided an assist for his side’s first goal in the final 10 minutes, showing plenty of class with a delicate chip over the Wolves defence finding Dany N’Guessan who fired the ball home.

Elsewhere, James Wesolowski was a half time substitute as Oldham Athletic lost 3-2 to Rotherham United, while Neil Kilkenny was absent from the match-day squad as Bristol City lost 3-0 to Peterborough United.

In League Two, Aaron Downes played a full game in defence as Torquay United lost 1-0 to Rochdale.

Ryan Williams was a 74th minute substitute as Oxford United drew 2-2 with Cheltenham Town.

In the Scottish Premier League, Tom Rogic was an unused substitute as Celtic beat Hearts 3-1. Dylan McGowan played a full game at right-back for Hearts in the clash.

Elsewhere, Jackson Irvine played a full game as Kilmarnock lost 2-1 to league leaders Inverness. Irvine went close to scoring in the first half but his header flashed wide of the target.

In the Irish FAI Cup, Mark Griffin was an unused substitute as Derry City lost 1-0 to Sligo Rovers.

In the German Bundesliga, Robbie Kruse was an 88th minute substitute as Bayer Leverkusen beat Wolfsburg 3-1, while Mitch Langerak was an unused substitute as Borussia Dortmund thumped Hamburg 6-2.

In the German Second Division, Nikita Rukavytsya made his debut for FSV Frankfurt, coming on as a 65th minute substitute in their 2-1 loss to St Pauli. Mathew Leckie played a full game and had two good opportunities to score but both attempts on goal lacked any real conviction.

Elsewhere, Ben Halloran was an unused substitute as Fortuna Dusseldorf drew 1-1 with Dynamo Dresden.

In the German Third Division, Mustafa Amini started and played 51 minutes as Borussia Dortmund II beat FC Hansa Rostock 2-1.

In the Italian Serie A, James Troisi was absent from the match-day squad as Atalanta lost 2-0 to Napoli.

Elsewhere, Carl Valeri remained out with injury as Sassuolo lost 2-0 to Hellas Verona, leaving the newly promoted side bottom of the table without a point in their three games thus far.

In the Dutch Eredivisie, Jason Davidson played a full game in defence as Heracles lost 2-0 to SC Cambuur. Davidson scored an unfortunate own goal in the closing moments of the contest with Marcel Ritzmaier’s shot deflecting off Davidson and into the back of the net.

Tommy Oar started and played 64 minutes as FC Utrecht beat RKC Waalwijk 2-1. Oar, playing on the left of a midfield diamond, failed to make much of an impact on the game but it was his pressure which led to a turnover allowing Steve de Ridder to score his second goal on 40 minutes. Adam Sarota missed the clash through injury.

Eli Babalj was absent from the match-day squad as AZ Alkmaar beat Go Ahead Eagles 3-0.

In the Dutch Second Division, Travis Cooper was an unused substitute as VVV Venlo copped a 4-0 thrashing from De Graafschap.

In the Belgian Pro League, Mat Ryan played a full game in goal as Club Brugge beat Lierse SK 4-1.

In Austria, James Holland started and played 69 minutes in midfield as Austria Wien suffered a shock 3-2 loss to SV Grodig.

In the Swiss Schweizer Cup, Oliver Bozanic found the back of the net for FC Luzern in their 4-1 win over US Terre Sainte.

Elsewhere, Dario Vidosic provided an assist as FC Sion progressed through to the round of 16 with a 1-0 win over FC Wohlen. Vidosic whipped in a free-kick on 22 minutes which was headed home by Hungarian defender Vilmos Vanczak.

In Greece, Apostolos Giannou was a 64th minute substitute as Panionios drew 1-1 with Panthrakikos.

Elsewhere, Dean Bouzanis was an unused substitute as FC Aris drew 1-1 with Levadiakos.

In the MLS, Tim Cahill was an unused substitute as New York Red Bulls beat Toronto FC 2-0. Cahill made his first appearance in the match-day squad since injuring his knee earlier this month. David Carney played a full game at left-back and played a role in his side’s second goal on 81 minutes with his deflected cross finding its way to Fabian Espindola who nodded home.

In Japan, Lucas Neill played a full game in defence as Omiya Ardija lost 1-0 to Albirex Niigata.

Elsewhere, Josh Kennedy played a full game in attack as Nagoya Grampus lost 2-1 to Shimizu S-Pulse.

In the South Korean FA Cup Semi Final, Adrian Madaschi played a full game in defence as Jeju United were eliminated following a 4-2 loss to Pohang Steelers.

Alex Wilkinson played a full game in defence as Jeonbuk Motors booked their spot in the final with a 3-1 win over Busan I’Park.  

In the Chinese Super League, Eddy Bosnar played a full game in defence as 10-man Guangzhou R&F copped a 6-0 thumping from Beijing Guoan. Rostyn Griffiths was a 42nd minute substitute and was employed in an unfamiliar role in the centre of defence alongside Bosnar with the Australian pair unable to contain the pace and power of Nigerian striker Peter Utaka.

Jonas Salley played a full game in defence as Guizhou Renhe beat Changchun Yatai 2-0, while Erik Paartalu played a full game as Tianjin Teda beat Jiangsu Sainty 3-2.

Ryan McGowan played a full game in defence as Shandong Luneng remained in second with a 2-1 win over Qingdao Jonoon, who were without Joel Griffiths.

Daniel McBreen played a full game in attack as Shanghai SIPG beat Hangzhou Greentown 2-0. Bernie Ibini started the clash but was replaced at half time.

Elsewhere, Daniel Mullen started and played 61 minutes as Dalian Aerbin beat Shanghai Shenxin 2-1. Michael Marrone was absent from the Shenxin match-day squad.

In the Chinese Second Division, Adam Hughes played a full game in midfield as Harbin Yiteng’s promotion hopes suffered a blow with a 2-1 loss to Chongqing Lifan.

In the UAE, Brett Holman made his debut for Al Nasr, playing a full game as the Dubai based club lost 3-2 to Al Wahda. Dino Djulbic was absent from the Al Wahda match-day squad.

Elsewhere, Milan Susak played a full game in defence as Al Wasl lost 1-0 to Sharjah FC, while Billy Celeski made his debut for Al Shaab, playing a full game in midfield in their 2-1 loss to Al Jazira.

Alex Brosque was missing through injury as Al Ain started their league campaign with a 3-1 loss to Al Shabab.

In Qatar, Sasa Ognenovski was sent off on 82 minutes as Umm Salal got their league campaign off to a poor start with a 2-1 loss to newly-promoted Muaither.  

Elsewhere, Mark Bresciano started and played 74 minutes as Al Gharafa drew 1-1 with Al Ahli.

In Iran, Iain Fyfe played a full game in defence as Mes Kerman drew 2-2 with Foolad Khuzestan.