Mistake sours Holland's Vienna cup final farewell
Holland has confirmed he will pursue a new challenge next season, meaning his appearance as a 71st minute substitute in Wednesday’s cup final would be his last for the Vienna club after three and a half years.
However, it didn’t go to plan for the 26-year-old Australian, who initially slipped when attempting to collect a pass, before being dispossessed by Jonathan Soriano in the 95th minute.
Soriano proceeded to drive forward and fire home the opening goal, before Felipe Pires settled the contest on 108 minutes.
It was a cruel blow for Holland who had failed to convert an 89th minute chance when presented with an opportunity 15 metres from goal.
An emotional Holland took to Twitter on Thursday morning and said he was "absolutely heartbroken", stating it wasn't how he "pictured ending my time with this beautiful club".
He added: "It's something that I have to swallow and move on from. I do want to say thank you to the club, the fans and my teams mates for giving an amazing 3 years."
Holland has indicated he wants to remain in Europe, but said on the weekend he still doesn’t know where he’ll be playing next season.
I am not going to say goodbye, instead I am going to leave it with "until next time" @FKAustriaWien
— James Robert Holland (@jamesrobert89) June 4, 2015
The cup final pain wasn't limited to Holland among our Aussies abroad, with Aziz Behich playing 64 minutes as Bursaspor lost 3-2 to Galatasaray in the Turkish Kupasi final.
Elsewhere, Brett Holman played a full game as Al Nasr won the UAE President’s Cup final on penalties over Al Ahli.