|By KIERAN JONES
Australian met Australian in several corners of the football world over the weekend.
In the derby in Dubai, Alex Brosque's Al Ain side took on Richard Porta's Dubai Club on Friday.
Both players scored in the clash, with Brosque's goal taking his tally to eight for the season, having scored a hat-trick when the two sides in October.
Porta also continued his good form, scoring his ninth goal in as many games, but could not save his side from a 5-2 loss.
Also in the UAE, Al Wasl defender Lucas Neill's bad week continued, coming off with an injury 10 minutes into the 2-1 loss to Al Shahab, which Al Wasl lost 2-1.
The loss capped off a bad week for Neill's side, who were forced to get a lift home from the opposition when fans stole the keys to the bus in frustration after the 2-1 loss to minnows Dibbah Al Fujairah last Monday.
In Qatar, Mark Bresciano's Al Gharafa were pummelled 5-1 by Al Rayyan on Friday. Bresciano played 90 minutes in the loss.
For only the second time this season, the McGowan brothers, Ryan and Dylan, started together for Hearts in the Scottish Premier League in the game against Motherwell on Saturday.
Unfortunately for the Australians, the match ended in a scoreless draw, but - in a busy SPL table - they are still only seven points from league leaders Celtic, despite sitting in ninth.
Alex Wilkinson's hopes of winning the K League with Jeonbuk Motors were extinguished after a 1-0 loss to Seoul on Sunday. With two weeks left in the season, Seoul has an unassailable lead on top.
In Europe, Robbie Kruse scored as Fortuna Dusseldorf won 2-0 against Hamburg on Friday. Kruse was also credited with an assist in the second goal.
Reading's Adam Federici retained his spot as goalkeeper, but conceded three as his side went down 3-2 to Wigan on Saturday.
In another derby of sorts, Neil Kilkenny's Bristol City had an upset win over Scott McDonald's Middlesbrough, registering a 3-1 win on Saturday.
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James Holland (Austria Vienna) - Was red carded in the 88th minute after receiving his second caution in an eventful game against Mattersburg on Saturday. Vienna's penchant for scoring late continued, with two goals in the last 20 minutes steering them to a 3-1 win.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) - Came on in the 73rd minute of the 2-0 win over Horsens on Sunday.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Came on in the 63rd minute against Arsenal, and - despite Holman's best efforts - the match ended in a scoreless draw on Saturday.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Was not in the squad on Saturday.
Brad Jones (Liverpool) - Watched the 0-0 draw with Swansea on Sunday from the bench. Was also there in Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Young Boys in the Europa League on Thursday.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Fulham fell 1-0 to Stoke on Saturday and Schwarzer spent 90 minutes on the park.
Adam Federici (Reading) – Played a full game and was kept very busy as Reading lost to Wigan 3-2 on Saturday.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) - Bristol beat Middlesbrough 3-1 on Saturday and Kilkenny was substituted in the 78th minute.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) - Came on in the 60th minute against Neil Kilkenny's Bristol City but could not influence the result as his side lost 3-1.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Relinquished top spot after a surprise 2-1 loss to Leeds on Saturday. Jedinak played the full 90 minutes.
Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – Not in the squad for the victory against Crystal Palace.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) - Lowry spent 90 minutes on the pitch and received a yellow card in his side's 2-0 win over Blackburn on Saturday.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn) – Was not in the squad the 2-0 loss to Millwall on Saturday.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Scored his second goal of the season as Fortuna had a 2-0 win against Hamburg on Friday. Was substituted in the 84th minute.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Came on in the 63rd minute of the 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) - On the bench again against Mainz. Was also left on the bench for the 4-1 win over Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Received a yellow card in the reserve side's 2-0 loss to Stuttgart II on Saturday.
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Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Played 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Kaiserslautern on Saturday.
Apostolis (Paul) Giannou (PAOK) – Was not in the squad for his side's 1-1 draw with Olympiakos on Sunday.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – Came back from his knee injury and played 75 minutes in the 2-0 loss to NEC on Saturday.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Played 90 minutes on the left in the loss on Saturday.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht) – Watched his side's loss from the bench.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Stayed on the bench as Heracles drew 2-2 with Willem II on Saturday.
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Was left on the bench as Atalanta went down 1-0 to Genoa on Sunday.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Did not play in the 3-1 win over Reggina on Saturday.
Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Did not play in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Kashima Antlers.
Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) – Not in the squad for the 2-0 loss to Yokohama on Saturday.
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Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) - Played 90 minutes in the 1-0 loss to first-placed Seoul on Sunday, which ended Jeonbuk's hopes of catching the league leaders ahead of the final two weeks in the K-League.
Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) - Played 90 minutes in the scoreless draw with Gyeongnam on Wednesday, then watched from the bench as his side won 2-1 against Busan I'Park on Sunday.
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam) – Did not play against Eddy Bosnar's Bluewings on Wednesday or the 3-3 draw with Pohang Steelers on Sunday.
Matt McKay (Busan I'Park) – Was not in the squad for the loss to Suwon on Sunday.
Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – After playing 90 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Seoul on Wednesday, Madaschi backed it up with a full game minutes in a 2-2 draw with Ulsan on Sunday.
Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Came on in the 88th minute of the 2-0 win over Seongnam on Saturday after his 90 minutes in the 3-2 win over Gangwon on Wednesday.
Matt Simon (Chunnam Dragons) – Did not play in Wednesday's win or Saturday's draw.
Brendan Hamill (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) - Did not play in the 2-0 loss to Chunnam on Saturday or the 2-0 loss to Daegu on Wednesday.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Watched on from the bench as his side lost 5-3 to Rio Ave on Sunday.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Did not play in the 3-1 loss to Umm Salal on Saturday.
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Managed to play 90 minutes but was on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline against Al Rayyan on Friday.
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) - Played 90 minutes in defence in his side's 3-1 win over Al Arabi on Saturday.
Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Not in the squad because of injury for the derby against Spartak Moscow on Sunday which Dinamo won 5-1.
Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Played 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Motherwell on Saturday.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Had only his second start of the season and played the full 90 in the scoreless draw on Saturday.
Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) - Came on in the 67th minute as Red Star lost 3-1 to OFK Beograd on Thursday. Did not play in the 2-1 win over Sloboda Uzice on Sunday.
Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Came off after just 10 minutes against Al Shabab on Saturday and Al Wasl went on to lose 2-1.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Scored again on Friday as his side won comfortably 5-2 over Dubai on in the local derby on Friday. Came off in the 63rd minute.
Richard Porta (Dubai) - Scored and played 90 minutes in the loss to Alex Brosque's Al Ain.
Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) - Watched from the bench as Seattle were knocked out in the semi-finals of the MLS by LA Galaxy last Monday, 2-1 in the second leg and 4-2 on aggregate.