|By KIERAN JONES
Australians played against some of Europe's biggest clubs in the weekend's action in what was a good week for our overseas players.
Mark Schwarzer was the hero for Fulham as they drew with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in a 3-3 thriller.
Arsenal were awarded a penalty in injury time, but Schwarzer guessed the right way and was able to stop Mikel Arteta's shot with his left hand.
The heroics were extra special for Schwarzer, coming against the club which were close to signing him in the 2010 transfer window, only for a move to break down.
It was also a big weekend for Brett Holman's Aston Villa as they faced Manchester United.
Holman came on in the 80th minute but could not stop his side from relinquishing a 2-0 lead to go down 3-2 at home.
Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones was another to face a big test as the Reds came up against Chelsea, drawing 1-1 on Sunday.
Adam Federici was given his chance in goal for Reading after rival shot-stopper Alex McCarthy sustained a shoulder injury during the week.
Reading drew 0-0 with Norwich City on Saturday and Federici would be happy to have kept a clean sheet, having started the season as No.1 only to lose his place due to poor form.
In Germany's Bundesliga, Robbie Kruse scored for the first time this season as Fortuna Dusseldorf drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim on Friday.
Joel Griffiths, Milan Susak and Daniel Mullen are all finished for the year as the Chinese Super League came to an end.
Djulbic's Renhe finished the highest on the table out all the Australians in fourth, one place ahead of Mullen's Dalian Aerbin.
Also finishing the season were Tim Cahill in the United States' Major League Soccer, while Mark Griffin's season in Ireland's Premier League is also over.
Korea's K-League season is coming to a close, and with five games to go Alex Wilkinson's Jeonbuk Motors sit in second after 1-1 draw with Eddy Bosnar's Suwon Bluewings on Sunday. They are four points behind league leaders Seoul.
Adrian Madaschi's Jeju United are a further nine points behind in third after 1-1 draw with Pohang Steelers on Sunday.
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James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Substituted in the 75th minute of his side's 3-0 win over Wacker Innsbruck on Saturday. Received a yellow card in the win.
Dino Djulbic (Guizhou Renhe) – Came on in the 56th minute of the first leg of the FA Cup final against Guangzhou on Saturday, which ended in a 1-1 draw. The only Australian in action in China over the weekend
Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Scored in the 89th minute in Wednesday's 3-0 DBU Cup triumph over Silkeborg and came on in the 73rd minute of the 2-1 Superliga win against the same opponent on Sunday.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Came on in the 80th minute of the 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Saturday.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Was not in the squad on Saturday.
Brad Jones (Liverpool) – Played the 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. Jones also played a full game as a young Reds side lost 1-0 to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League last Thursday.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Was the hero in Fulham's 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Saturday after he saved a penalty in injury time.
Adam Federici (Reading) – Was given a spot in the first team for Saturday's 0-0 draw with Norwich City.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Played 70 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Charlton Athletic on Sunday. City are rooted to the bottom of the table with 11 points after 16 games.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Two wins for Jedinak's side last week take Palace to the top of the table. First came a 5-0 rout over Ipswich Town on Tuesday, followed by a 2-1 win over Peterborough United on Saturday. Jedinak played 90 minutes in both games.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) - Played the full 90 minutes against Derby County in a 2-1 win on Saturday and was also on for the entire game in the 0-0 draw with Watford on Tuesday.
Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – On the bench for the 1-0 loss to Burnley on Tuesday as well as the 6-1 loss to Watford on Saturday.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn) – Was not in the squad for either the 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town on Tuesday or the 1-1 draw with Blackburn on Saturday.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) - Came off in the 84th minute of his side's 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday and then played 90 minutes in the 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Friday.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Düsseldorf) – Was on the scoresheet in the fourth minute as his side drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim on Friday, helping Dusseldorf claim their first point since September 28.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Mainz defeated Nuremburg 2-1 on Friday and Rukavytsya played 60 minutes.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Watched both the 2-2 Champions League draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday and the 3-1 win over Augsburg on Saturday from the bench.
Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Away on Australia Under-19 duty.
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Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Came off the bench in the 74th minute as his side went down 1-0 to 1860 Munich.
Apostolis (Paul) Giannou (PAOK) – Watched from the bench as PAOK beat Platanias 2-0 on Sunday.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – Missed Utrecht's 4-0 loss to RKC Waalwijk on Saturday due to a knee injury.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Was substituted in the 82nd minute after having little influence in his side's loss.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht) – Came on for Oar in a rare appearance on Saturday, and one he would rather forget.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Was brought on in the 75th minute of the 3-2 loss to NEC on Saturday.
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Atalanta pulled off a memorable 3-2 win over Inter Milan on Sunday but Troisi watched the game from the bench.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Came off in the 69th minute in a 1-0 loss to Hellas Verona last Monday and did not play in the 2-0 triumph against Novara on Saturday.
Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Did not play in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Tokyo.
Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) – Not in the squad for the 3-0 loss to Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Wednesday.
Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) - Watched from the bench in the 1-1 draw with Jeonbuk Motors on Sunday.
Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – Jeju ad a 1-1 draw with Pohang Steelers on Sunday and Madaschi played all 90 minutes, which leaves United in third coming towards season's end.
Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Played his first game in almost a month as Chunnam held Incheon United to a scoreless draw on Sunday.
Matt Simon (Chunnam Dragons) – Was not in the squad that drew on Sunday.
Matt McKay (Busan I'Park) – Was industrious for 90 minutes in midfield in a 0-0 draw with Gyeongnam on Sunday.
Brendan Hamill (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) - Did not play in the 1-1 draw with Daejeon Citizen on Sunday.
Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) – Played 90 in the 1-1 draw with Eddy Bosnar's Suwon Bluewings on Sunday. The draw means Jeonbuk sit in second.
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam) – Did not play in the draw with Matt McKay's Busan I'Park on Sunday.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Setubal play Maritimo on Monday.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Was not in the side for the 2-0 victory over Al Kharitiyath on Friday.
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Not in the squad for his side's 4-3 win over Al Rayyan on Wednesday.
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) - Did not play in the 0-0 draw with Al Sadd on Thursday.
Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Pulled a hamstring and only spent 17 minutes on the pitch in Saturday's 2-0 win over Alaniya.
Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Played the 90 minutes as Hearts drew 1-1 with Inverness on Saturday.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Came on in the 46th minute of the draw.
Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) – Came on in the 79th minute as Red Star went down 1-0 to OFK Beograd on Sunday.
Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Played a full match as his side had a scoreless draw with Al Jazira on Friday.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Played 72 minutes before being substituted in the 3-2 triumph over Al Shabab on Thursday.
Richard Porta (Dubai Club) - Scored his seventh league goal in as many games and the winner in Dubai Club's 1-0 victory over Ajman.
Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls) – Went down 1-0 to DC United on Thursday and Cahill had 90 minutes on the park.
Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) - Came on in the 73rd minute of Thursday's 1-0 defeat of Real Salt Lake.