Aussies Abroad weekend wrap

Aussies were in action at the business end of domestic seasons this week.

Former Socceroo Brett Holman netted as his side moved through to the President’s Cup Final in the UAE, while Daniel McBreen slotted another brace, this time in the AFC Cup, making it three straight games in which the former Central Coast Mariner has grabbed a double.

Elsewhere, rising star Chris Ikonomidis scored an 87th-minute winner to see Lazio Youth through in the Campionato Primavera play-offs, Scott McDonald and Motherwell secured their status in the Scottish Premier League, seeing off Rangers 6-1 on aggregate, while Mitch Langerak and Borussia Dortmund went down in the final of the DFB-Pokal.

UK

In the FA Cup final in England, Chris Herd was missing due to injury as Aston Villa suffered a crushing 4-0 defeat to Arsenal. 

In the English Championship promotion playoff final, Rhys Williams was missing due to injury as Middlesbrough fell 2-0 to Norwich City at Wembley.

In the Scottish Premier League relegation playoffs, Scott McDonald played a full 90 minutes in both matches as Motherwell won the first leg of the tie 3-1 away at Rangers before securing their top-flight status 6-1 on aggregate following a 3-0 home win in the return leg.

In the second round of the FAI Cup in Ireland, Mark Griffin was not in the squad for Bohemian FC as they ran out 4-1 winners at home to Firhouse Clover. Dylan Mernagh also played a full match as Waterford United lost 2-1 away to Tolka Rovers.

EUROPE

In the final of the DFB-Pokal in Germany, Mitch Langerak played a full match for Borussia Dortmund as they led but went on to lose 3-1 to Wolfsburg.

In Regionalliga promotion playoff ties in Germany, Kwame Yeboah was not in the squad for either match as Borussia Monchengladbach II first played to a scoreless draw at Werder Bremen II before losing the return leg 2-0 in extra time after the match finished goalless after 90 minutes.

In the German Mittelrheinliga, Sam Gibson came on in the 85th minute as TSV Germania Windeck won 2-1 away to VfL Alfter. In a match played earlier in the week, Gibson came on in the 75th minute as Windeck won 3-2 over Hertha Walheim.

In the final round of matches in the Serie A, Josh Brillante was an unused substitute for Empoli as they fell to a 4-3 loss away to Inter Milan.

In the second leg of relegation playoff ties in the Italian Lega Pro, Liam Graham was missing due to injury as Aurora Pro Patria lost 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate against AC Lumezzane.

In round two of the Campionato Primavera playoffs in Italy, Chris Ikonomidis played a full match, scored the equalising goal in normal time, and converted his penalty in the shootout as Lazio Youth beat US Palermo Youth 8-7 on penalties after the match had finished tied 1-1 after 90 minutes and 2-2 after extra time.

In the second leg of round-two ties in the Eerste Divisie – Nacompetitie in the Netherlands, Luke Kairies was missing due to injury as FC Eindhoven played to a 1-1 home draw with FC Volendam to lose the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

In the final round of matches in the Turkish SuperLig, Aziz Behich came on in the 86th minute as Bursaspor were held to a scoreless draw at home to Konyaspor. Earlier in the week, Behich played a full match as Bursaspor won 1-0 away to Akhisar Belediyespor.

In the 3. Lig – Promotion Playoff Final in Turkey, Kaan Korkmaz was not in the squad for Sakaryaspor as they lost 1-0 away to Ankara Demirspor.

In the final round of matches in the Austrian Bundesliga, James Holland was not in the squad for FK Austria Wien as they drew 1-1 with Red Bull Salzburg.

In the final round of matches in the Swiss Super League, Oliver Bozanic played a full match for FC Luzern as they closed their season with a commanding 3-0 home win over FC Sion, for whom Dario Vidosic came on in the 76th minute. In matches played earlier in the week, Bozanic again played a full match as Luzern lost 1-0 at home to FC Zurich. Vidosic was an unused substitute as Sion belted BSC Young Boys 6-2.

In the final round of matches in the Liga I in Romania, Anthony Carter came on in the 76th minute as CFR Cluj closed their season with a 3-0 loss away to CS Universitatea Craiova.

In the final round of matches in the Prva Liga in Croatia, Tomislav Mrcela played a full match as NK Lokomotiva Zagreb secured a 2-2 draw at NK Zadar. Roko Strika was not in the squad for NK Zagreb as they ran out 4-0 winners at home to Istra 1961.

In the Croatian Druga HNL, Josip Konyit played a full match for HNK Segesta as they drew 1-1 at HNK Segesta. Mario Simic also played a full match as NK Lucko drew 1-1 at home to NK Rudes. Steven Ugarkovic came on in the 85th minute as HNK Gorica lost 1-0 at home to Inter Zapresic.

In the III liga podlasko-warminsko-mazurska in Poland, Keegan Savige was not in the squad for MMKS Concordia Elblag as they came back to draw 2-2 away to Huragan Morag.

In the Swedish Division Two Sodra Gotaland, Kliment Taseski was an unused substitute for FC Rosengard as they won 3-1 at home to Lindsdals IF.

In the 3. Divisjon Avdeling One in Norway, Saka came on in the 50th minute as Nesodden IF lost a crazy game 7-5 away to Drobak-Frogn IL. 

In the 1. deild karla in Iceland, Kile Kennedy played a full match as KF Fjardabyggd lost 2-0 away to Thor Akureyri.

In the One Lyga in Lithuania, Evan Alexandrow-Ridley played a full match as FC Dziugas lost 1-0 away to FK Nevezis.

ASIA

In the Chinese Super League, Tim Cahill played a full match for Shanghai Shenhua as they played to a goalless draw with Shijiazhuang Yongchang. Josh Mitchell was an unused substitute for Liaoning Hongyun as they came back to secure a 1-1 draw away to Henan Jianye. Adrian Leijer was not in the squad for Chongqing Lifan as they lost 3-2 at home to Jiangsu Guoxin Shuntian.

In the China League One, Jonas Salley was in the starting XI but was sent off in the 74th minute as Nei Mongol Zhongyou lost 1-0 away to Qingdao Hainiu. No detailed information was available on Adam Hughes as Ha’erbin Yiteng drew 1-1 with Tianjin Songjiang.

In the J-League Division One in Japan, Mitchell Duke played a full match as Shimizu S-Pulse romped to a 5-2 home win over Kawasaki Frontale.

In the J-League Cup in Japan, Duke was not in the squad for Shimizu as they won 2-1 away to Vissel Kobe.

In the K-League in Korea, Aleksandar Jovanovic played until the 12th minute as Jeju United lost 1-0 away to Gwangju FC. Alex Wilkinson was an unused substitute for Jeonbuk FC as they lost 2-1 away to Seongnam FC.

In the semi-finals of the President’s Cup in the United Arab Emirates, Brett Holman played a full match and scored his side's goal as Al Nasr beat Shabab 4-2 on penalties after the match had finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time.

In the Thai Division Two League North Eastern Region, Adriano Pellegrino played a full match for Udon Thani FC as they won 2-1 at home to Nakhon Phanom.

In the final round of matches in the I-League in India, Tolgay Ozbey played a full match for Dempo SC as they lost 2-0 at Salgaocar SC. Sean Rooney also played a full match as Bengaluru FC was held to a 1-1 home draw with Mohun Bagan AC. Milan Susak was missing due to injury as East Bengal lost 5-1 away to Shillong Lajong. 

In the Hong Kong Premier League – AFC Cup Playoff Final, Daniel McBreen played until the 61st minute as South China AA beat YFCMD 4-2 on penalties to claim the cup after the match had finished tied 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time. In a semi-final match played earlier in the week, Jerrad Tyson was an unused substitute as Sun Pegasus lost 3-2 at YFCMD.

In the second leg of round-of-16 ties from the AFC Champions League, Wilkinson played a full match as Jeonbuk beat Chinese side Beijing Guoan 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

In the round of 16 in the AFC Cup, McBreen played a full match and scored both goals while Evan Kostopoulos was not in the squad as South China AA won 2-0 at home to Bengaluru FC, for whom Sean Rooney played until the 62nd minute.

SOUTH AMERICA

In the Uruguayan Primera Division, Richard Porta played until the 66th minute as CA Rentistas lost 2-0 away to CA Cerro.

In the first leg of semi-final ties in the Segunda Division – Promotion Playoffs in Uruguay, Blake Ricciuto played a full match for Canadian SC as they lost 2-1 at home to Boston River. In the final round of matches played earlier in the week, Ricciuto again played a full match as Canadian lost 2-1 at Miramar Misiones.

NORTH AMERICA

In Major League Soccer in the United States, Andy Rose played a full match as Seattle Sounders won 1-0 at home to Colorado Rapids.

In the National Premier Soccer League in the USA, Daniel Deblaere played a full match and scored the opening goal of the game as FC Indiana secured a 2-2 home draw with FC Buffalo.

In the USL Pro, Harrison Delbridge was not in the squad for Portland Timbers II as they won 3-1 away to Tulsa Roughnecks.

In round three of the USA Open Cup, Delbridge played a full match as Portland Timbers II lost 2-1 in extra time to Seattle Sounders II after the match had finished tied 1-1 after 90 minutes.

In the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States, Ellie Brush played a full match for Houston Dash as they came back to secure a 1-1 draw away to Sky Blue FC, for whom Caitlin Foord and Samantha Kerr were both missing due to Matildas commitments. Lydia Williams was also missing due to international commitments as Washington Spirit won 2-1 at home to Portland Thorns, for whom Stephanie Catley was also out due to the Australian national team.

FRIENDLIES

In club friendlies this week, Joseph Taylor played until the 80th minute and set up a goal as FC Legnago Salus SSD won 4-1 over Hellas Verona Primavera.

TRANSFERS

Finally in transfer news this week, Socceroo Massimo Luongo has joined English Championship side Queens Park Rangers; former Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has signed a three-year deal with newly promoted English Premier League side AFC Bournemouth; Jason Davidson has been released by West Bromwich Albion after only one season; goalkeeper Jack Duncan, who played the 2014-15 season with Perth Glory, has signed with Randers FC in the Danish Superliga.