|By KIERAN JONES
Two of Australia's veterans were back in action in the Middle East, as Lucas Neill and Mark Bresciano had busy matches.
Neill scored for Al Wasl in the Emirates cup on Tuesday and then helped his side romp to a 4-1 win in the Pro-League on Sunday. After crossing from Al Jazira at the end of last season, Neill has settled in well at his new home.
Bresciano played just his second game for his new side Al Gharafa in Qatar's Stars League on Sunday. The midfielder was well held in his side's 0-0 draw with Al Kharitiyath and received a yellow card. With a point after two games, Bresciano will be hoping his side begins to turn their results around soon.
Also in Qatar, Matt Spiranovic was the only scorer his side's 1-0 win over Al Khor on Sunday. The 23-year-old defender was excellent in defence after Al Arabi went down to ten men but held on for a gutsy victory.
In Europe, Holland's Eredivisie is fostering some of Australia’s best talent as Tommy Oar and Adam Sarota continued their good form for Utrecht, who won 1-0 over Roda.
Mark Schwarzer's Fulham won again on Saturday and have jumped in to sixth spot on the table. The Cottagers have had a solid start to the season and could be set for a European spot at this rate.
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James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Yellow carded in the 1-0 loss to Salzburg on Saturday and played 90 minutes. The loss brings Austria back to the pack, but they still sit on top two points clear.
Joel Griffiths (Shanghai Shenhua) – Did not play in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Shanghai Shenxin.
Milan Susak (Tianjin Teda) – Was shown yellow in an eventful 3-2 loss to Jiangsu Sainty on Saturday. Played the whole 90 minutes.
Daniel Mullen (Dalian Aerbin) – Mullen's good form continues, as does Dalian's. Mullen played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Qingdao Jonoon.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Came on at half-time and played up front in the 1-1 draw Midtjylland on Sunday. May not have scored but would be happy to get some time on the pitch again.
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Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Played 90 minutes in the shock 4-1 loss to Southampton on Saturday, but could not have the same influence in midfield as he did last week.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Was not in the squad for the loss on Saturday.
Brad Jones (Liverpool) – Was watching from the bench in the 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday, having played 90 minutes in the Reds' 5-3 win in the Europa League against Young Boys Bern on Thursday.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Once again solid as Fulham beat Wigan 2-1 on Saturday to move to 6th.
Adam Federici (Reading) – Is sidelined with a knee complaint and will have trouble getting back the No.1 goalkeeper spot. Reading went down 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Came on in the 61st minute in midfield in the 2-2 draw with Watford on Saturday.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Jedinak was busy in a much-needed win for Palace on Saturday. Played the full 90 minutes in the 3-2 win over Cardiff City.
Massimo Luongo (Ipswich) – was given 90 minutes on the pitch but Ipswich went down to Charlton Athletic 2-1 on Saturday. Does not look out of place in his attacking midfield role.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Millwall went down again, this time 2-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, but Lowry is getting consistent game time. Played 90 minutes again.
Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – Was once again left on the bench. Saw his side have a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forrest on Saturday.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn) – Not in the squad for Blackburn’s 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough on Fiday.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Another scoreless draw for Dusseldorf and another 90 minutes for Kruse, this time against Freiburg on Saturday.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – came on in the 84th minute against Augsburg in a 2-1 win on Saturday.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – watched on from the bench in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Hamburg.
Mohammad Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Was left on the bench for the 3-4 reserves loss to Unterhaching on Saturday. Is struggling to get game time at any level.
Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Was not in the squad for Saturday's 2-1 win over St Pauli.
Apostolis (Paul) Giannou (PAOK) - Came on in the 86th minute as a striker as PAOK won 3-0 on Saturday against Xanthi.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over Roda JC on Friday. Looks very accomplished in the defensive midfield role, and was integral in helping his defence to keep a clean sheet.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Played 90 minutes on the left next to Sarota and was creative again. After consecutive good performances for his club, the calls for Oar to be in the side for Australia's game against Iraq are surely too loud to ignore.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht) – Was the only member of Utrecht's Australian trio not to get on the pitch, watching on from the bench.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – was not in the squad for the 1-1 draw with Vitesse Arnhem on Friday.
Mark Griffin (Dundalk) – Could not continue his amazing scoring run and was sent off in the 86th minute in the 1-0 loss to Shelbourne on Friday.
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James Troisi (Atalanta) – Came on in the 83rd minute of a spiteful 1-0 victory over Palermo. Troisi was one of six players to receive a yellow card.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Was not in the squad for the 2-0 win over Spezia on Saturday.
Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Played 90 minutes on Saturday as striker but could not get any room against the league-leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Grampus lost 2-1 at home after conceding in the 93rd minute.
Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) – Was back on the park, playing the full 90 minutes in defence for Consadole. Unfortunately for North, his side's shocking record at home continued, going down 5-0 to fellow strugglers Omiya Ardija on Saturday.
Alex Brosque (Shimizu S-Pulse) – Broke an eight-game scoring drought with a goal in the 70th minute, but his side went down to Cerezo Osaka 3-2 on Saturday. He would be pleased with his 90-minute effort.
Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) – Was solid in defence for 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Adrian Madaschi's Jeju United on Sunday.
Adrian Masachi (Jeju United) – On the wrong end of a 2-1 score line on Sunday, but would be pleased to be getting consistent game time for Jeju.
Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – His side had the week off.
Matt Simon (Chunnam Dragons) – Had the week off.
Matt McKay (Busan I'Park) – Played the full match in the 2-2 draw with Ulsan Hyundai on Sunday.
Brendan Hamill (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) – Was substituted in the 51st minute in the 1-0 win over Gangwon on Saturday. Seongnam did just enough to get over bottom-placed Gangwon.
Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) – Watched on from the bench as his side won 2-1 against Luke DeVere’s Gyeongnam on Saturday.
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam) – Played 48 minutes in his comeback from injury. Was good in defence but had to watch the second goal from the bench as his side lost 2-1.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Looks like he has lost his place as the side's No.1 goalkeeper, and watched on from the bench in Sunday's 1-0 win over Olhanense.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute of the 1-0 win against Al Khor. It was a good effort to hold on to the lead after Mohammed Salem was sent off in the 45th minute.
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Played 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw on Sunday and received a yellow card late in the second half. His side have just won one of their last five matches.
Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Played the whole game at right-back and received a yellow card in the 3-2 win over Amkar on Saturday. The win gets Dinamo off the bottom of the table.
Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Played the full 90 minutes in the middle of the park in the 3-0 win over Dundee United on Saturday.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Managed to get some game time alongside Ryan in Saturday's win, in what is his club debut. Came on in the 84th minute and was used in midfield.
Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) – Was not in the squad for the 1-0 win against Hajduk Kula on Saturday.
Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Was in defence for 90 minutes in the 4-1 victory over Al Wahda on Sunday. Seven yellow cards and one red card were shown in a game full of malice.
Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls) – Provided the assist to the goal in the 1-1 draw with New England on Saturday. New York would have thought they were home after scoring in the first minute of stoppage time, but New England equalised in the 95th minute.