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Australians Abroad round-up: McDonald, Porta continue golden runs

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

The excellent goalscoring form of Australians around the globe continued over the weekend, as a number of players come towards the end of their seasons.

In the United Arab Emirates, Alex Brosque and Lucas Neill faced off in what turned out to be a one-sided clash.

Brosque's Al Ain side won 5-0 over Neill's Al Wasl, which sees the former move to second. Brosque managed to score in the match while Neill played the full 90 minutes.

Also in the UAE, Richard Porta netted his seventh goal in six games for Dubai as they drew 1-1 with Al Ahli on Saturday.

In another all-Australian clash, Matt McKay’s Busan I'Park went down 3-0 to Alex Wilkinson’s Jeonbuk Motors in Korea on Sunday.

Both players managed 90 minutes on the park in the clash and the win leaves Jeonbuk second on the table.

In England, Scott McDonald continued his scoring form or Middlesbrough as they defeated Charlton 4-1.

McDonald was in the starting side for the match and looks set to stay there if he continues to make the most of his chances.

Elsewhere in Europe, Carl Valeri was on the scoresheet for Sassuolo in their 3-1 win against Ternana on Tuesday.



James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Played 90 minutes in a massive 6-1 win against Ried on Sunday, which takes his side to the top of the Bundesliga table.


Dino Djulbic (Guizhou Renhe) – No goal this week for Djulbic, but a yellow card and 87 minutes in a 3-0 win on Saturday over bottom-placed Dalian Shide. Guizhou now sit fourth.

Joel Griffiths (Shanghai Shenhua) – Continued his good form as he scored in the 3-0 victory over Qingdao Jonoon.  

Milan Susak (Tianjin Teda) – Not in the squad for the 1-0 loss to Changchun Yatai on Saturday.

Daniel Mullen (Dalian Aerbin) – Played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Hangzhou on Saturday. They now sit fifth and will battle it out with Dino Djulbic’s Renhe for a top-three spot.  


Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Watched from the bench as his side defeated OB 3-0 on Sunday.   


Premier League

Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Aston Villa finally had a win, beating Sunderland 1-0 on Saturday, but Holman started on the bench and came on in the 85th minute.  

Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Was not in the squad for the win on Saturday.  

Brad Jones (Liverpool) – Liverpool had a 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday and Jones performed well.

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Drew 2-2 with Everton on Saturday and could not do much about either of the goals.

Adam Federici (Reading) – Stayed on the bench as Reading drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.


Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Came on in the 64th minute of the 1-0 loss to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Five consecutive losses for Bristol City leaves them 23rd on the table.

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Had a 2-0 win on Saturday over Blackburn and played the whole match.

Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Played 90 minutes in the 4-1 win against Nottingham Forrest on Saturday.

Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – Not in the squad for Leeds, who drew 2-2 with Brighton on Friday.

Sebastian Usai (Blackburn) – Did not play in the 2-0 loss to Mile Jedinak's Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – After scoring twice last week, McDonald was rewarded by starting in the 4-1 win over Charlton Athletic on Saturday. McDonald once again made the most of his chance, scoring in the 53rd minute of his 90-minute stint.



Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Düsseldorf) – Received a yellow card in the 3-2 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. Played 90 minutes.

Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) Watched from the bench as Mainz went down 2-1 to Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Stayed on the bench as his side had a scoreless draw with Stuttgart on Saturday.

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


In his eight appearances with Dubai, Porta has scored eight goals to make him one of the most valuable players in the league. After an unsuccessful stint at Al Wasl last season, Porta seems to have found the right club for him in the UAE as his goal scoring is as hot as the Dubai sun.


Kilkenny is playing for one of the worst sides in the English Championship, and is only being used as a substitute. The 1-0 loss to Huddersfield Town on Saturday was their fifth in a row and Kilkenny could be in for a season of pain at City.

2. Bundesliga

Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Came on in the 73rd minute as his side had a 2-1 win on Saturday over MSV Duisburg.


Apostolis (Paul) Giannou (PAOK) – Had a 2-1 win against Panionios on Sunday and Giannou came on in the 77th minute.


Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – Played the full 90 minutes in Friday's 5-1 smashing of Willem II.

Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Also had a full game on the pitch during the win. Utrecht move to fourth with the win.

Michael Zullo (Utrecht) – Watched the win from the bench.

Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – On the wrong end of a 4-0 score line against PSV on Friday. Davidson watched from the bench.


Mark Griffin (Dundalk) – Played 90 minutes of the 2-0 win against Waterford United on Friday.  


James Troisi
(Atalanta) – His side won 2-1 over Sampdoria on Saturday, but Troisi watched the win from the bench.

Serie B

Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – An eventful game for Valeri saw him receive a yellow card and score in the 3-1 win over Ternana on Tuesday. 


No games in the J-League this weekend mean Josh Kennedy and Jade North will hope to play on Wednesday.


Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) – The Bluewings drew 1-1 with Seoul on Sunday and Bosnar played a full match in defence. The draw leaves them third.

Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – Enjoyed a 2-0 win over Luke DeVere's Gyeongnam on Saturday. Madaschi played the full 90.

Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Did not play in the 1-0 win over Daegu on Sunday. 

Matt Simon (Chunnam Dragons) – Was not in the squad the win on Sunday.  

Matt McKay (Busan I'Park) – Played the 90 minutes in the 3-0 loss to Alex Wilkinson's Jeonbuk Motors on Sunday.  

Brendan Hamill (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) – His side had a 2-1 loss to Incheon United on Saturday and Hamill was not in the squad.

Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) – Played 90 minutes of the 3-0 win over Busan I'Park on Sunday.

Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam) – Did not play in the 2-0 loss to Adrian Madaschi's Jeju on Saturday.


Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Stayed on the bench for the 2-1 win over Sporting CP on Sunday.


Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Played 90 minutes in his team's 2-2 draw with Al Sailiya on Thursday.

Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Had 90 minutes in the midfield during the 1-0 loss to Lekhwiya on Thursday.

Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – His side had a 3-2 win over Al Wakrah on Friday which leaves them second after six matches played.  


Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Played 90 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Krasnodar on Sunday.


Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Hearts lost 1-0 to bottom side Dundee on Saturday and McGowan played 90 minutes.  

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Did not play in the loss.


Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) – Did not play in the 2-1 loss to Jagodina on Saturday.


Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Part of the side who lost 5-0 to AAlex Brosque's Al Ain on Saturday. Neill was on the pitch for 90 minutes and received a yellow card.  

Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Scored in first half injury time of the 5-0 win over Al Wasl on Saturday. The win moves Al Ain to second.  

Richard Porta (Dubai) – His incredible run of form continues. Porta scored again in the 1-1 draw with Al Ahli on Saturday.


Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls) – Had a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their conference semi-final with DC United on Saturday and played all 90 minutes.  They host United in the return leg on Wednesday.

Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) – Not in the squad for the scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake on Friday.  They travel to Real on Thursday for the second leg.

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