Australians Abroad: Kruse, Leverkusen suffer shock loss

The Socceroo forward earned a league start for Sami Hyypia's side, but was powerless to prevent a surprise defeat at the hands of the Bundesliga's bottom side

Mile Jedinak played the entire game as bottom side Crystal Palace went down 2-0 away to West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League.

A tier below, Scott McDonald opened the scoring as Millwall went 2-0 up at home to Burnley, but an own-goal from substitute Shane Lowry meant the hosts had to settle for a point. Alex Cisak was on the bench for the away team at the New Den.

Rhys Williams' Middlesbrough returned from their trip to Blackburn empty-handed following a 1-0 defeat.

In Scotland, Dylan McGowan's Hearts lost 2-0 at home to St Johnstone, while Jackson Irvine and Kilmarnock went down 2-1 away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.


James Holland's Austria Wien won for the first time since September, 3-0 away to Wiener Neustadt, but they had to do it without the midfielder, who was sent off in the 51st minute.

Mat Ryan kept a clean sheet as Club Brugge defeated Lokeren 1-0 at home in the Belgian Pro League.

Tommy Oar was withdrawn in the second half as his Utrecht team defeated Heerenveen 2-0 at home, but Jason Davidson's Heracles had their match away to Go Ahead Eagles suspended after 20 minutes due to heavy rain.

In the Bundesliga, Robbie Kruse started for Bayer Leverkusen and was taken off in the second half of a surprise 1-0 defeat away to bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig.

A division below, Nikita Rukavytsya and Mathew Leckie both played a full game as their FSV Frankfurt side went down to 10 men and lost 2-0 away to Sandhausen.

Dario Vidosic emerged with the bragging rights following a battle between the Aussies based in Switzerland, scoring in FC Sion's 3-0 win at home to Oliver Bozanic's Luzern side.

In Russia, Luke Wilkshire played out the full 90 minutes as Dinamo Moscow defeated Tom Tomsk 1-0 at home.


Ryan McGowan's Shandong Luneng enjoyed a thumping 5-1 win away to Guizhou Renhe in the Chinese Super League, as Eddy Bosnar's Guangzhou R&F enjoyed a 4-2 victory over Shanghai Shenhua.

Michael Marrone's Shanghai Shenxin got the better of Erik Paartalu and Tianjin Teda, winning 2-1 at home, while in Korea, Robbie Cornthwaite was a late substitute as his Chunnam Dragons lost 1-0 at home to Jeju United.

In Qatar, Mark Bresciano and Al Gharafa drew 1-1 at home to Al Sadd, as Sasa Ognenovski helped Umm Salal keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at Al Khor.

Late last week in the UAE, Alex Brosque's Al Ain defeated the Al Nasr of Brett Holman 3-2 at home, while Billy Celeski started but was withdrawn at half-time as his Al Shaab side were beaten 5-2 by Emirates.

North America

Tim Cahill opened the scoring away from home but his New York Red Bulls let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 away to Houston Dynamo in the MLS Eastern Conference semi-finals.

South America

Richard Porta was subbed off 10 minutes into Nacional's 2-1 loss at home to Liverpool in the Uruguayan Primera Division.

On the bench

Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea), Chris Herd (Aston Villa), Brad Jones (Liverpool), Adam Federici (Reading), Tom Rogic (Celtic), Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Bernie Ibini (Shanghai SIPG)

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