Australians Abroad round-up: Robbie Kruse makes a splash and James Troisi debuts, but goalkeepers struggle

Kieran Jones compiles's concise Australians Abroad round-up for this week, from the UK and Europe to Asia and the Americas Indonesia   By KIERAN JONES

An injury, a debut and a horrible error meant it was a mixed week for our Aussies overseas.

Australia once again has a representative in Serie A after James Troisi made his debut for Atalanta against Lazio on Sunday.

Troisi came on in the 67th minute as Atalanta tried to erase their one goal deficit, but neither Troisi or any of his teammates were able to get on the scoresheet as his side lost 1-0.

Adam Federici's season did not get any better when his Reading outfit succumbed to Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge in the English Premier League on Wednesday.

After taking an unexpected lead, Federici was unable to block out Gary Cahill's swerving long-range effort, letting the equaliser slip through in the 69th minute.

The 27-year-old stopper was then caught out in stoppage time when he went up field for a late corner, and a Blues counter-attack saw Branislav Ivanovic tuck the ball into an empty net.

Australia's other EPL goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer fared little better, picking the ball out his own net three times as Fulham lost 3-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Schwarzer could do nothing about Robin van Persie’s incredible left-foot effort, but fumbled an effort by Tom Cleverley allowing Shinji Kawaga to capitalise and goal.

In Germany's Bundesliga, Robbie Kruse was instrumental in Fortuna Dusseldorf's 2-0 win over FC Augsburg.

Kruse assisted both of Dani Schahin's goals, first with a header he flicked into the path of his fellow striker, and then later lunged to deliver a sharp cross into the area, which Schahin eagerly converted.

The former Roar and Victory man came off with seven minutes to go as Dusseldorf tried to consolidate their advantage.

In the 2. Bundesliga, Mathew Leckie lasted just 36 minutes before leaving the field injured in FSV Frankfurt's 2-0 win over Ingolstadt.

Leckie, who was in form after scoring in his past two matches, suffered a neck injury in the his side's win. The injury halted play for several minutes after an attempted block at a free kick went wrong.



Mark Griffin (Dundalk) – The striker scored in first-half stoppage time as Dundalk trounced Malahide in the Irish FAI Cup. Griffin played all 90 minutes in the win.


Dino Djulbic (Guizhou Renhe) – Drew 1-1 with Shandong Luneng in his side’s FA Cup semi-final first leg last Wednesday.


English Premier League:

Brad Jones (Liverpool) – The second-string goalkeeper was unused in the Reds' 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Came on at half-time to give Villa another attacking option, but despite some promising patches up front could not make an impact on the scoreboard as the home side went down 3-1 to Everton.

Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Substituted after the break without having any influence in a defensive midfield role.

Adam Federici (Reading) – Had a dirty day in goal for the Royals, conceding four goals, including one gaffe which he sure will not want to see again.

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, pictured above) – Felt the might of Manchester United's new strike force in Saturday's 3-2 loss.


Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) – Patrolled central defence in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. Played all 90 minutes.

Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Did not play in his side's 4-2 win over Cardiff City.

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Another 90 minutes on the park this week for the midfielder in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough. Has not missed a beat so far this season, but his side is struggling.

Massimo Luongo (Ipswich) – The 19-year-old toiled for 65 minutes in midfield as his side got belted 6-0 by an impressive Blackpool outfit.

Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Did not play against Crystal Palace. Has not been used yet this season and is struggling.

Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Conceded in the 90th minute to lose 3-2 in heartbreaking fashion away to Sheffield Wednesday, but managed to play the full 90.



Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Was instrumental in attack as Dusseldorf beat FC Augsburg. Strong start to this Bundesliga campaign should give him good foundation for the rest of the season and for upcoming Socceroos matches against Lebanon and Jordan.

Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Former Victory gloveman is stuck on the bench at the moment, but watched on as his side beat Werder Bremen 2-1.

Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Was not in the squad for the Saturday's win over Bremen.

2. Bundesliga:

Matthew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Went off injured in the 36th minute.

Nikita Rukavytsya (Hertha BSC) – Was substituted after 72 minutes up front in a 2-1 win over Jahn Regensburg.


Apostolis Giannou (PAOK) – Was replaced at half-time in the Greek side's Europa league win against Rapid Vienna, and subbed again in the second half in the 1-0 league win over Panthrakikos.


The striker made a big influence on his side's Bundesliga win game and looks set to make an impact in the top flight this season. Could make a difference in the Socceroos' upcoming September games against Lebanon and Jordan if Holger Osieck can find a way to use him wisely.


While he was not the only Australian having a rough day at the office this weekend, the young gloveman would not want to dwell too long on Vitoria Setubal's 5-0 loss to Benfica.  The latter will make a meal of many a defence this campaign, but Patterson-Sewell will be looking to immediately move on when his side faces Gil Vicente next Monday.


Liam Reddy (Esteghlal) – Not in the XI for his side's grudge match with local rivals Persepolis.


Serie A:

James Troisi (Atalanta) – Must have got a massive buzz from making his debut in Serie A, and looked lively, forcing a save late in the game.

Serie B:

Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Substituted in the 1-0 loss to Catania in Serie B.


Alex Brosque (Shimizu S-Pulse) – A disappointing 81 minutes in the home loss to the accomplished Urawa Reds outfit on Saturday.

Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Sidelined with an injury.

Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) – Also sidelined with injury.


Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) – Scored from a freekick in a1-1 draw with Seongnam on Sunday.

Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunham Dragons) – Headed truly to get on the scoresheet in a 4-3 win over Gangwon.

Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam) – Missed out on playing this week as a result of a knee injury last week.

Matt McKay (Busan I'Park) – Played all 90 minutes in the 0-0 stalemate with Sangju Sangmu but could not orchestrate any scoring opportunities.

Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyandai Motors) – Started for the second-consecutive match after debuting last week and was left on for the game in a 1-1 draw with Ulsan on Sunday.


Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – The goalkeeper had a nightmare has Benfica poked all sorts of holes in Vitoria's defence on their way to scoring a 5-0 win.  Vitoria had a man sent off after just seven minutes, paving the way for a long afternoon for Patterson-Sewell.


Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Missed out on a place in Dinamo’s first win of the season.


Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Has played all 270 minutes of Hearts' season thus far, and looks settled in this side. It was just a pity Hearts were restricted to a scoreless draw with Aberdeen.


Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) – Made the bench for Red Star, but yet to get a chance to prove himself in either the Europa League or Serbia SuperLiga.


Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) – Has settled in well at his new home. Having opened his account for the club against the Portland Timbers last match, he played 90 minutes against Kansas City on Sunday. 

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