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Australians Abroad round-up: Lowry assists, Leckie scores

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

After a win for the national side in Wednesday's friendly against South Korea, Australians had mixed results from matches over the weekend.

China's FA Cup final featured Guizhou Renhe's Dino Djulbic, but the Australian could do little to stem the tide as his side lost 4-2 to Guangzhou Evergrande in the second leg.

It was always going to be hard for Djulbic's men to win the final after drawing 1-1 in the first leg at home, and Guizhou were completely outplayed on Saturday.

There were some more positive results in Europe for Australians, as Shane Lowry's Millwall defeated his former club Leeds United 1-0 on Sunday.

Lowry's precise cross picked out Chris Wood for the goal, which topped off an eventful game for the Western Australian, who went close to giving a penalty earlier in the second half.

Aston Villa could do with a good centre half at the moment, as Brett Holman's side were completely outclassed by Manchester City, going down 5-0 on Saturday.

Liverpool may have recorded a win, but it looks as though Brad Jones' run as first-choice goalkeeper is over after Pepe Reina played 90 minutes in the 3-0 win over Wigan on Saturday.

There have been reports in the last few days that Reina is set to move to Arsenal in the January transfer window, so Jones could get another chance soon.

Mile Jedinak's Crystal Palace defeated Derby County 3-0 and sit top of the Championship after Saturday's win. Jedinak played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in the win.

Mathew Leckie capped off a week to remember when he scored for FSV Frankfurt in their 2-1 loss to Dynamo Dresden on Friday after debuting for the national side on Wednesday.

While he may not have been able to play due to a hamstring injury, Luke Wilkshire's Dinamo Moscow side were certainly in the news on Saturday.

Dinamo were holding a 1-0 lead before the game was suspended in the 36th minute after their goalkeeper Anton Shunin was the target of a firecracker thrown on to the pitch.

The goalkeeper suffered an eye injury as a result of the incident, and an investigation this week will determine disciplinary action and a result of the game. 



James Holland (Austria Vienna) - Had 90 minutes for Australia against South Korea on Wednesday in the 2-1 win, but missed Saturday's 3-0 win over Weiner Neustadt.


Dino Djulbic (Guizhou Renhe) - Played 90 minutes in the 4-2 loss to Guangzhou Evergrande on Saturday in the FA Cup. The loss in the second leg meant Djulbic's side went down 5-3 on aggregate in the final.


Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Came on in the 87th minute of the 2-2 draw with Esbjerg on Sunday.


Premier League

Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – A day Holman would like to forget. He came on in the 62nd minute, but could not stop the bleeding as Manchester City won 5-0 on Saturday.  

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

Brad Jones (Liverpool) - Watched the 3-0 triumph over Wigan on Saturday from the bench.

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Played a full 90 minutes in the international against South Korea, but had a reversal of fortunes in the 3-1 loss to Sunderland on Sunday.

Adam Federici (Reading) – Was picked again for Reading in their 2-1 win over Everton on Saturday.


Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) - Was substituted in injury time after a productive day in midfield in the 1-1 draw with Blackpool on Saturday.

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Palace sit first in the Championship after a 3-0 win over Derby County on Saturday. Jedinak played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in the victory.

Shane Lowry (Millwall) - Played the full 90 against Leeds United in a 1-0 win on Sunday and was credited with the assist in the only goal of the match. It was a superb cross from Lowry which set up Chris Wood's 85th minute goal.

Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – Watched from the bench in his side's 1-0 loss to Millwall on Sunday.

Sebastian Usai (Blackburn) – Was not in the squad the 4-1 win over Peterborough United on Saturday. 

Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) - Had another 90 minutes on the park but could not influence the result as Middlesbrough went down to Cardiff City on Saturday.



Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Fortuna's mediocre form continued on Sunday, going down to Werder Bremen 2-1. Kruse played a full game.  

Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) After scoring in the 2-1 win over South Korea on Wednesday, Rukavytsya came down to earth with a thud watching from the bench as Mainz lost to Hamburg 1-0 on Saturday.

Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) - On the bench again as his side had a 3-1 win over Greuther Furth on Saturday.

Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Played the second half of the reserve side's 1-0 win over Hallescher FC on Saturday.  


Leckie made his international debut for Australia in the 2-1 win over South Korea on Wednesday and he capped off a good week by scoring for his club side on Friday in their 2-1 loss. The young attacker may have started both games on the bench but his efforts on the pitch are worth celebrating.


Holman came on in the 62nd minute against Manchester City when the score was 2-0, but in his 30 minutes on the pitch Aston Villa conceded three times and Holman looked overwhelmed in midfield. Aston Villa sit 18th on nine points after 12 games and Holman and his team will need to work hard to save their season.

2. Bundesliga

Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – After coming on in the 88th minute of the win over South Korea, Leckie scored in the 64th minute of the 2-1 loss to Dyanmo Dresden on Friday.


Apostolis (Paul) Giannou (PAOK) – Received a yellow card after coming on in the 65th minute of the 2-0 loss to Greek giants Panathinaikos on Sunday.


Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – Missed the 1-1 draw with Twente on Sunday with a knee injury.

Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Played 90 minutes in both the 2-1 win over South Korea and the 1-1 draw with Twente on Sunday.   

Michael Zullo (Utrecht) – Had another chance to prove himself in his third appearance of the season, coming on in the 64th minute of the draw for some much-needed game time.

Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Davidson's side enjoyed a 5-1 win over Roda JC on Sunday, but he watched from the bench.


Serie A

James Troisi (Atalanta) – Troisi was an unused substitute as his side lost 4-1 to a rampant Fiorentina side on Sunday.

Serie B

Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Featured in the national team's win on Wednesday, playing 57 minutes, but was not in the squad for Sassuolo in their 1-1 draw with Brescia on Sunday. 


Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Did not play in Saturday's 2-0 win against Jubilo Iwata.  

Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) – Not in the squad for the 3-2 loss to Sagan Tosu on Saturday.   


Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) - A costly 3-2 loss to Pohang Steelers on Saturday leaves Jeonbuk 10 points adrift of leaders Seoul. Wilkinson played 90 minutes in the loss.   

Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) - Suwon face Luke DeVere's Gyeongnam on Wednesday.

Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam) – Went down 3-0 to Seoul on Sunday but DeVere was not in the squad.

Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – Had a 2-1 win over Matt McKay's Busan I'Park on Sunday and Madaschi playe all 90 minutes.  

Matt McKay (Busan I'Park) – Was not in the squad for the loss to Jeju United on Sunday. 

Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – After scoring for Australia in their victory over South Korea on Wednesday, Cornthwaite's club side had the weekend off.  They face Gangwon on Wednesday.

Matt Simon (Chunnam Dragons) – His side play on Wednesday.      

Brendan Hamill (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) - Did not play in the eventful 4-3 loss to Gwangju on Saturday. 


Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Watched from the bench as his side lost to Vitoria Guimaraes 5-3 on penalties in the fourth round of the Taca de Portugal on Sunday.


Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Did not play in the 3-0 loss to El Jaish on Sunday.

Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Did not play in Tuesday's Stars Cup 3-0 win over Al Khor.     

Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) - The only Australian to record a victory in Qatar over the weekend, a 3-2 triumph over Al Sailiya on Sunday.


Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Wilkshire missed Saturday's game against Zenit, in which Dinamo were leading 1-0 before the game was suspended due to crowd violence after a firecracker was thrown on to the pitch near goalkeeper Anton Shunin.  


Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Played 90 minutes for Australia against South Korea and another full match in the 1-0 win over Saint Mirren on Saturday.  

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Was not in the squad for Saturday's win.


Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) – Played eight minutes for the Socceroos in the friendly win but stayed on the bench in the 3-2 win against Partizan on Saturday.


Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Played 90 minutes for Australia in their win over South Korea and another 90 on Sunday in the surprise 2-1 loss to Dibba Al Fujairah.  

Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – His 88 minutes for Australia on Wednesday was followed by a 19-minute stint in the second half of the 6-0 drubbing of Al Ittihad Kalba on Sunday.

Richard Porta (Dubai) - Played a full match in the 1-1 draw with Al Dhafra on Sunday.


Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) - Came on in the 74th minute of the 3-0 loss to LA Galaxy last Sunday, and faces a tough task in the second leg if Seattle is to overcome the deficit.

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