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Australians abroad: Holman goes from AZ's hero to villain, Oar, McGowan & Troisi score vital goals

Thursday's Europa League hero had helped AZ Alkmaar level against Vitesse before being sent off, while Tommy Oar broke through with a late winner for Utrecht

Brett Holman went from hero to villain after providing an assist before being sent off as AZ Alkmaar lost their Eredivisie lead, following a 2-2 draw away to Vitesse on Sunday.

The Australia international had seen his side fall behind after a first-half lead, before his goal-bound header from Maarten Martens' cross was deflected home by Simon Poulsen for a 59th-minute equaliser.

Holman, who was a hero for AZ on Thursday after a goal and assist in their Europa League win over Valencia, soon turned villain when he was given a red card for a second bookable offence on 63 minutes upon fouling Renato Ibarra.

The Socceroo fumed at the decision, which ultimately proved costly as Ajax moved above them on the table after the draw.

Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Tommy Oar came off the bench to score a dramatic winner as Utrecht defeated Excelsior 3-2 on Friday.

Oar, who was a 65th-minute substitute, was left unmarked on the left side of the box late on and raced on to Cedric van der Gun's pas, before lashing a shot in under Excelsior goalkeeper Wesley de Ruiter.

The goal was vital for not only Utrecht but Oar's career, having fallen out of favour under Jan Wouters despite a bright start to the season.

Ryan McGowan
starred in Scotland's Premier League on Saturday, scoring one goal and providing the assist for another as Hearts defeated Aberdeen 3-0.

The Australian headed the opener in on 27 minutes from close range after a Danny Grainger corner.

McGowan found Rudi Skacel for the second on 53 minutes, with the Czech drilling home a left-foot shot.

England
Tim Cahill (Everton): Replaced after 63 minutes in Everton's 2-0 win over West Bromwich. Had been booked on the hour mark after a poor tackle on Liam Ridgewell.
Vince Grella (Blackburn): Scheduled to face Manchester United. Unlikely to play due to injury and has been linked with a move to Italy.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa): Started and played 70 minutes, although he was improved from last week's showing against Arsenal but fairly quiet, in the 4-2 loss at home to Chelsea.
Brad Jones (Liverpool): Not in the squad for the 2-0 loss to Newcastle. Might be a chance for a game in the next few weeks after No.1 Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina was sent off on Sunday.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham): Played well in a 2-1 victory over Norwich City. Solid as always, including a fine second-half save from Wes Hoolahan's effort.
Ryan Williams (Fulham): Not in the squad for the win over Norwich.
Adam Federici (Reading): Played a full game as the Royals took a giant stride towards promotion after a 4-2 win away to West Ham.
Richard Garcia (Hull City): Absent for the 2-0 home loss to Coventry City.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace): Out injured (groin) in the 3-0 home loss to Nottingham Forest and is likely to miss the rest of the season.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City): Played a full game in the 1-1 draw with Derby County.
Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds United): Out injured (knee) for the 2-0 home loss to Watford.
Shane Lowry (Millwall): Started in place of Darren Ward, putting in a full shift in the 0-0 draw away to Cardiff City.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough): Returned from injury early, as a 69th-minute substitute in the 1-1 draw away to Brighton. McDonald looked bright during his brief cameo after his knee ligament injury.
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough): Out injured (ankle) for the draw with Brighton.
Dean Bouzanis (Oldham): Made some good saves but eventually conceded late as his side lost 1-0 to Notts County.
Alex Cisak (Oldham): Out injured (shoulder) for the loss to Notts County.
James Wesolowski (Oldham): Out injured (shoulder) for the loss to Notts County.
Bailey Wright
(Preston): Played a full game in the 2-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday.

Germany
STAR OF THE WEEKEND
Mark Schwarzer


Had a solid game for Fulham after a few shaky moments in recent weeks which has had some questioning his age

Mitchell Langerak 
(Borussia Dortmund): Was an unused substitute in the 4-4 draw with Stuttgart on Friday.
Mathew Leckie (Borussia Monchengladbach): Did not make the squad for the 2-1 loss at Hannover.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Hertha Berlin): Put in a full shift and was involved in the opening goal but his side lost 4-1 at home to Wolfsburg. Rukavytsya was played in by Anis Ben-Hatira on 13 minutes, but the Aussie's shot was saved, falling to Levan Kobiashvili to score the opener.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf): Scheduled to face St Pauli on Monday.

Netherlands
Jason Davidson
(Heracles): Dropped out of the starting line-up after his debut last weekend and was an unused sub in the 6-0 loss at Ajax.
Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht): Not in the squad in the 3-2 win over Excelsior.
Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht): Also not in the squad for the win over Excelsior.

Italy
Carl Valeri
(Sassuolo): Was a 58th-minute substitute in the 2-2 draw away to his former club Grosseto.

Russia
Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow): Played a full game and picked up a booking in the 2-0 win away to Lokomotiv Moscow.

Turkey
Kerem Bulut
(Eskisehirspor): Not in the squad for the 2-2 draw with Kayserispor.
James Troisi (Kayserispor): Kept up his goalscoring form, netting a 90th-minute headed equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Eskisehirspor. Played a full game in the draw.

Scotland
Aaron Mooy (St Mirren): Was an unused substitute in the 4-2 win over Kilmarnock, the club's first league win of 2012.

Denmark
Nathan Coe (SonderjyskE): Scheduled to face AGF on Monday.
Brent McGrath (Brondby): Out injured (hand) for the 1-0 win over OB.

Switzerland

Scott Chipperfield (FC Basel): Out injured (groin) for the 3-2 win at FC Thun.

Austria
James Holland (Austria Vienna): Was a half-time substitute in the 1-1 draw with Red Bull Salzburg.

Japan
Alex Brosque (Shimizu S-Pulse): Played a full game in attack in the 1-0 victory over Consadole Sapporo.
Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus): Played a full game in the 1-1 draw away to Omiya Ardija.
Jade North (Consadole Sapporo): Put in a full shift and picked up a booking in the loss to Shimizu S-Pulse.
Matt Spiranovic (Urawa Reds): Not in the squad for the 1-1 draw with Kawasaki Frontale, where Urawa ended the game with nine men on the pitch with fellow defender Tomoaki Makino sent off, which may open up a chance to Spiranovic.

Korea
Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings): Played a full game in the 2-0 victory over former league leaders FC Seoul. Picked up a yellow card.
Nathan Burns (Incheon United): Made his debut after injury, but was replaced late in the first-half of the 0-0 draw with Gyeongnam.
Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons): Put in a full shift in the 1-0 loss away to Pohang Steelers. Picked up a yellow card.
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam FC): Put in a full shift in the goalless draw at Incheon.
Matt McKay (Busan I'Park): Started and played 83 minutes in the 1-0 win over Seongnam Ilhwa.
Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United): Out injured (thigh) for the 3-0 victory at Daejeon Citizen.
Sasa Ognenovski (Seongnam Ilhwa): Out injured (hamstring) for the 1-0 home loss to Busan I'Park.
Matt Simon (Chunnam Dragons): Absent for the loss at Pohang.

China
Dino Djulbic (Guizhou Renhe): Scheduled to face Henan Construction on Monday.
Joel Griffiths (Shanghai Shenhua): Played a full game in the 1-0 home loss to champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Rostyn Griffiths (Guangzhou R&P): Was an unused substitute in the 1-0 victory over Hangzhou.
Mile Sterjovski (Dalian Aerbin): Put in a full shift, providing an assist, in the 1-1 draw with Liaoning Whowin.
Milan Susak (Tianjin Teda): Was an unused substitute in the 3-1 loss to Beijing Guoan.

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