|By SHAM MAJID
Harry Kewell registered his first goal for his new club Al Gharafa in just his second appearance, helping his team beat Qatar SC 2-0 last Thursday.
The former Leeds United and Liverpool attacker found the back of the net in the 45th minute before making way for ex-Reds colleague Djibril Cisse after 70 minutes as he gradually continues to ease his way into full fitness.
Veteran Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer endured a tough week as he saw his rearguard breached four times as Fulham succumbed to 3-0 and 1-0 defeats to Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.
Neil Kilkenny was forced to stomach his side's relegation from the Championship after Bristol City dropped to League One following a depressing 1-0 home loss to Birmingham City last Tuesday. The former Leeds player completed 90 minutes against the Blues.
Over in Germany, Nikita Rukavytsya earned a rare start for Mainz and played for 81 minutes as his side were comprehensively beaten 2-0 by Champions League semi-finalists Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Both Michael Zullo and Tommy Oar also played the full 90 minutes as Utrecht earned a 3-0 victory over NAC Breda on Sunday. Zullo celebrated his recent contract extension by helping his team to a clean sheet against their opponents.
Over in Russia, Luke Wilkshere starred for 120 minutes in Dinamo Moscow’s 1-0 cup clash defeat against Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday. The Socceroos defender again started the league tie against Anzhi on Sunday but was withdrawn from the fray after 65 minutes.
In Asia, forward Joshua Kennedy celebrated his return from injury with a goal but could not prevent Nagoya Grampus from losing 3-1 to Tokyo on Saturday. Kennedy got his name onto the goal scoring sheet in the 30th minute and was also booked on 81 minutes.
Across the Atlantic, Tim Cahill slotted a pass for Dax McCarty to score the New York Red Bulls' opening goal in the fourth minute as his side New England 4-1 on Saturday. But the former Everton man limped off with an injury after 61 minutes.
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Nikita Rukavytsya won a long-awaited return to the starting XI with FC Mainz, but could not inspire his side to victory over Borussia Dortmund.
James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Played the full 90 minutes as his side earned a hard-fought 2-1 away win in their cup tie against Wolfsberger on Thursday. Holland also played from start to finish as Austria Vienna drew 2-2 with Rapid Vienna on Sunday.
Rostyn Griffiths (Guangzhou R&F) – Did not feature in his side's 2-0 away win against Wuhan Zall on Saturday.
Michael Marrone (Shanghai Shenxhin) – Marshalled the backline effectively for 90 minutes as Shanghai Shenxhin beat Hangzhou 2-1 on Sunday.
Matt McKay (Changchun Yatai) – Played the full 90 minutes as Changchun Yatai suffered a humiliating 6-1 mauling by Guangzhou Evergrande on Saturday.
Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng) – Played from start to finish and was booked in the 93rd minute as Shandong Luneng earned a 3-1 victory over Liaoning Whowin on Saturday.
Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda) – Registered 90 minutes under his belt as Tianjin Teda suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to Shanghai SIPG on Saturday.
Jonas Salley (Guizhou Renhe) – Completed the full 90 minutes as Guizhou Renhe drew 1-1 with Beijing Guoan on Friday.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Remained on the bench as an unused substitute as Brondby were beaten 3-1 by Esbjerg in their DBU Pokalen clash on Friday. Esbjerg claimed a 4-2 aggregate win over Brondby.
Adam Federici (Reading) – Was ruled out of Saturday's encounter with Norwich City due to an ankle injury as the Canaries earned a vital 2-1 win against Reading, with the Royals moving a step closer to relegation.
Brad Jones (Liverpool FC) – Sat on the bench for 90 minutes as Liverpool equalized in injury-time to deny Chelsea a win in a 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Aston Villa were comprehensively outplayed in a 3-0 loss at Old Trafford against Manchester United on Monday, with the Red Devils sealing the Premier League title as a result. Holman did not get off the bench.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Was not in the squad against United.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Was beaten by a David Luiz rocket in the 30th minute before further goals from Chelsea captain John Terry in both halves condemned Fulham to a 3-0 defeat to the Blues at Craven Cottage last Wednesday. The Australian goalkeeper was then left stranded in the 43rd minute on Saturday, when German defender Per Mertesacker nodded home to allow Arsenal to steal a 1-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn Rovers) – Remained on the bench for 90 minutes as Blackburn Rovers earned a 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town last Tuesday. The goalkeeper was again an unused substitute during Blackburn's 4-0 thrashing by Watford on Saturday.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Suspended and did not feature in his side's disappointing 3-0 loss to Ipswich Town last Tuesday. Jedinak also did not play on Saturday as Crystal Palace played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Saturday.
Patrick Kisnorbo (Ipswich Town) – Replaced Carlos Edwards on 80 minutes as Ipswich Town recorded a comfortable 3-0 win against Crystal Palace last Tuesday. Kisnorbo also appeared as a 68th-minute substitute in his team's 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Started the encounter against Birmingham City before being withdrawn after 89 minutes as the Robins were relegated to League One following a 1-0 home defeat last Tuesday. Kilkenny played from start to finish on Friday as Bristol City drew 0-0 with Hull City.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Defended stoutly from start to finish and picked up a caution after 69 minutes as his side earned a 1-0 win against Watford City on Tuesday. Lowry did not play in Millwall's 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Nearly scored against Nottingham Forest when his left-footed strike was foiled by goalkeeper Karl Darlow, but he then earned the ire of the Middlesbrough faithful when he failed to finish off a chance when Darlow was caught out on the edge of his box. McDonald also should have converted during Saturday’s clash with Bolton Wanderers with his 23rd-minute header six yards from goal. But the attacker provided the assist for Middlesbrough's equaliser in the 56th minute when he crossed from the left for Kieron Dyer to head home. The Teesiders eventually lost 2-1 against the Trotters.
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) –Was part of the Middlesbrough defence that kept a clean sheet against Nottingham Forest as the Teesiders earned a slender 1-0 win. Williams was also yellow carded in the 11th minute. Williams again had 90 minutes in Middlesbrough's 2-1 loss to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Missed Fortuna Dusseldorf's 2-1 defeat to Hamburg on Saturday.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Made a rare start against Borussia Dortmund before being withdrawn from the fray in the 81st minute as his team were beaten 2-0 at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Watched proceedings from the bench as Borussia Dortmund earned a comprehensive 2-0 win against Mainz at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.
Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund II) – Played the full 90 minutes as Borussia Dortmund II drew 0-0 with Kickers Offenbach on Thursday. Amini also played from start to finish in his team's 2-0 loss to Hansa Rostock on Saturday, earning a caution in the 85th minute.
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Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Started the match against 1860 Munich before being replaced in the 81st minute as FSV Frankfurt earned a 2-1 away win on Saturday.
Apostolis Giannou (PAOK Thessaloniki) – Did not feature in his team's 2-1 cup win against Asteras Tripolis on Thursday. PAOK will play against Pas Giannina on Monday.
Giannis Simosis (Kerkyra) –Did not play in Kerkyra's 1-0 defeat to Pas Giannina in their Super League clash last Monday. Kerkyra will face off with Panthrakikos on Monday.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht FC) – Ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht FC) – Played the full 90 minutes as he helped Utrecht carve out a comprehensive 3-0 victory over NAC Breda on Sunday.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht FC) – Finally made a long-awaited start in defence and registered 90 minutes in his team's easy 3-0 win against NAC Breda on Sunday.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Did not feature in his team's 4-0 victory over Waalwijk on Saturday.
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Did not come off the bench as Atalanta were held to a 1-1 draw by Genoa on Saturday.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Continues to be sidelined by injury and missed Sassuolo's 2-0 win against Reggina in their Serie B meeting on Wednesday. Was again missing on the pitch for his side's 2-1 win against Bari on Saturday.
Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Scored in the 30th minute before being shown a yellow card in the 81st minute, as Nagoya Grampus were beaten 3-1 by Tokyo on Saturday.
Robert Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Came off the bench in the 88th minute as Chunnam Dragons played out a 0-0 draw with Incheon United last Tuesday. Cornthwaite then reclaimed his spot and played the full 90 minutes as his side drew 2-2 with Busan I’Park on Sunday.
Luke Devere (Gyeongnam) – Continues to battle injury and did not feature in Gyeongnam's 1-1 draw with Gangwon on Sunday.
Nathan Burns (Incheon United) – Was missing from the squad that laboured to a 0-0 draw against Chunnam Dragons last Tuesday. Burns again did not play in Incheon United's 3-1 win over Jeonbuk Motors on Saturday.
Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – Played from start to finish in Jeju United's 1-0 defeat to Pohang Steelers on Saturday.
Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) – Did not feature in his team's 2-0 home win against Daegu last Wednesday. Wilkinson again played no part in his side’s 3-1 loss to Incheon United on Saturday.
Brendan Hamill (Seongnam) – Did not play in Seongnam's 2-1 victory over Seoul last Wednesday. Hamill was neither a starter nor a substitute in his team's 1-0 away win against Ulsan on Sunday.
Eddie Bosnar (Suwon Bluebirds) –The defender was missing from the squad that slumped to a 2-1 loss to Busan I'Park last Wednesday. Bosnar then came on as an 89th-minute substitute during his team's 4-1 away win against Daejeon Citizen on Saturday.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Was an unused substitute in his side's 1-0 win against Estoril on Sunday.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Played the full 90 minutes as Al Arabi lost 2-1 to Al Wakrah on Thursday.
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Did not feature against Qatar SC on Thursday due to an injury.
Harry Kewell (Al Gharafa) – Opened his side's account with a 45th-minute goal before being replaced by former Liverpool teammate Djibril Cisse in the 70th minute as Al Gharafa claimed a 2-0 win over Qatar SC on Thursday.
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Started the tie against Al Khor and was replaced in injury time as Umm Salal won 1-0 on Thursday.
Luke Wilkshere (Dinamo Moscow) – Played all 120 minutes of Dinamo Moscow's cup tie against Anzhi Makhachkala as his side eventually lost 1-0 in extra time during their clash on Thursday. Full-back Wilkshere earned a booking in the 105th minute. The former Middlesbrough defender again started the league fixture against Anzhi on Sunday but was replaced after 65 minutes, not before being yellow carded again - this time in the 27th minute.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) –Made an 89th-minute cameo appearance as Hearts beat Kilmarnock 1-0 on Saturday.
Tom Rogic (Celtic) – Watched proceedings from the bench as Celtic clinched the Scottish Premier League title with a dazzling 4-1 win against Inverness on Sunday.
Kerem Bulut (Akhisar Belediyespor) – Came off the bench in the 88th minute as Akhisar Belediyespor thrashed giants Besiktas 4-1 on Saturday.
Aziz Behich (Bursaspor) – Did not feature in his team's 1-0 away victory over Antalyaspor on Sunday.
Ersan Gulum (Besiktas) – Marshalled the backline effectively as Besiktas claimed a 1-0 win against Antalyaspor in their Super League fixture last Tuesday. Gulum went into the referee's book on 61 minutes. He then played the full 90 minutes in his team's 4-1 loss to Akhisar Belediyespor on Saturday. Gulum again picked up a caution, this time in the 68th minute.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Did not feature in Al Ain's 3-0 win over Dubai on Thursday.
Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – Remained as an unused substitute as Bani Yas were hammered 4-1 by Al Ahli in their Pro-League match on Tuesday. Carle then played from start to finish in his side's 3-3 draw with Ajman on Saturday.
Dino Djulbic (Al Wahda) – Played the full 90 minutes in Al Wahda's 1-0 home loss to Al Nasr on Monday. Djulbic again registered 90 minutes under his belt as his side were beaten 2-0 by Al Ahli on Saturday.
Richard Porta (Dubai) – Started the Pro-League encounter against Al Dhafra before being withdrawn from the fray in the 55th minute as both sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw on Monday. Porta did not play in Dubai's 3-0 defeat to Al Ain on Thursday.
Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) – Was booked in the 45th minute before making way in the 77th minute as the New York Red Bulls slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Kansas City on Wednesday. The former Everton midfielder then provided a fourth-minute assist for Dax McCarty to slot home as his side beat New England 4-1 on Saturday. Cahill had to be withdrawn from the match in the 61st minute after suffering an injury.
Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) – Did not play in his team's 1-0 win against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.