|By SHAM MAJID
Tim Cahill was the pick of the bunch of the Australians over the weekend, as his brace ensured the New York Red Bulls came away with a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday.
The former Everton midfielder drew first blood for the Red Bulls in the 39th minute when he slotted in an effort into the bottom left-corner after a magnificent dummy from Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
Henry again turned provider in the 89th minute when his whipped cross was met by a brilliant Cahill header, helping the Red Bulls claim all three points.
Over in England, Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was beaten in the 16th minute when Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar side-footed an effort past him to earn a 1-0 win for the Toffees.
The veteran Australian goalkeeper then had to be alert to palm away a Marouane Fellaini volley in the second half before he produced a brilliant stop when forward Ross Barkley was sent through on goal in injury time.
In the Championship, forward Scott McDonald finally broke his goal drought when his 87th-minute header earned Middlesbrough a comeback 2-2 draw against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
McDonald, who emerged as a 54th-minute substitute, had earlier seen his two efforts thwarted by Charlton custodian Ben Hamer.
While McDonald celebrated the Teesiders' fightback from two goals down, Boro defender Rhys Williams endured a torrid afternoon against the Addicks after he netted an unfortunate own-goal in the 17th minute. Williams struggled to deal with the craft and trickery of the Charlton attack throughout the 90 minutes.
Two Australians came face-to-face in the Bundesliga in Germany on Saturday as Fortuna Dusseldorf entertained Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Dortmund reserve goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak earned a rare start in goal, while attacker Robbie Kruse was among the starters for Dusseldorf.
Langerak was forced into making his first real save in the 64th minute when he foiled an effort from Axel Bellinghausen.
Nevertheless, the shotstopper could not keep a clean sheet when Adam Bodzek scored an 88th-minute header, but Dortmund held on to claim a 2-1 win.
In Asia, both Ryan McGowan and Erik Paartalu scored, for Shandong Luneng and Tianjin Teda respectively. Paartalu grabbed an impressive double in his side's 3-2 win over Wuhan Zall.
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Robbie Kruse is brought down by Kevin Grosskreutz, with the attacker on the losing end of the match between his Fortuna Dusseldorf and Australian counterpart Mitch Langerak's Borussia Dortmund.
James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Played from start to finish and was booked in the 59th minute as Austria Vienna earned a comfortable 2-0 away win against Admira on Sunday.
Rostyn Griffiths (Guangzhou R&F) – Started the match against Guangzhou Evergrande before being withdrawn in the 27th minute due to injury as Evergrande beat R&F on Saturday.
Michael Marrone (Shanghai Shenxhin) – Shanghai Shenxhin will tackle Shandong Luneng next Saturday.
Matt McKay (Changchun Yatai) – Started the encounter against Jiangsu Sainty before being substituted in the 62nd minute as his side drew 0-0 on Saturday.
Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng) – Scored in the 32nd minute as his side battled to a 3-3 draw with Hangzhou on Saturday. McGowan played the full 90 minutes.
Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda) – Scored in the 45th and 61st minutes as Tianjin Teda earned a hard-fought 3-2 win against Wuhan Zall on Saturday. The midfielder played the entire match.
Jonas Salley (Guizhou Renhe) – Played from start to finish as Guizhou Renhe earned a 1-1 away draw against Kashiwa Reysol in their AFC Champions League Group H encounter last Tuesday. Guizhou will face off with South Korean outfit Suwon Bluewings in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Did not feature in his side's 2-2 draw with Silkeborg during their Superliga clash last Sunday. McGrath then entered the fray as an 84th-minute substitute in his team's 2-1 win against OB on Sunday.
Adam Federici (Reading) – Was forced to watch from the sidelines due to injury as Reading were relegated from the English Premier League after a 0-0 draw against QPR on Sunday.
Brad Jones (Liverpool FC) – Was an unused substitute as Liverpool thrashed Newcastle United 6-0 at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Aston Villa smashed Sunderland 6-1 at Villa Park on Monday, but Holman could not get off the bench.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Herd remains on the sidelines for Villa.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Played from start to finish as his rearguard was breached once during Fulham's 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn Rovers) – Was an unused substitute as Blackburn Rovers steered clear of the relegation zone by claiming a precious 2-1 away win against Millwall on Tuesday. The goalkeeper again warmed the bench during his side's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Returned to the starting XI against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and nearly gave his side the lead on the hour mark, but his effort from a corner-kick clipped the top of the bar. Jedinak registered 90 minutes under his belt as Crystal Palace drew 1-1 against Blackburn.
Patrick Kisnorbo (Ipswich Town) – Did not come off the bench as Ipswich Town beat Birmingham City 3-1 on Saturday.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Played the full 90 minutes as already-relegated Bristol City were gunned down 3-1 at home by Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Did not play in his side's 2-1 home loss to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday. Lowry again missed out on his side’s clash with Nottingham Forest on Saturday due to suspension. Millwall lost the match 1-0.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Entered the fray as a 54th-minute substitute against Charlton Athletic and grabbed a late equalizer in the 87th minute as Middlesbrough fought back from two goals down to play out an entertaining 2-2 draw with the Addicks on Saturday.
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) – Scored an embarrassing own goal in the 17th minute when he guided the ball past his own goalkeeper Jason Steele. He played from start to finish in their eventual 2-2 draw on Saturday.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Played the full match against compatriot Mitchell Langerak's Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and was cautioned in the 40th minute as Fortuna Dusseldorf lost 2-1 at home, sliding perilously close to the relegation zone.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Did not feature in Mainz's 0-0 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Watched from the bench as Borussia Dortmund romped to an absolutely magnificent 4-1 win against Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first-leg clash at the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday. Langerak then made a rare start against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday but could not keep a clean sheet when he was beaten by an Adam Bodzek header in the 88th minute. Dortmund claimed a 2-1 victory.
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Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Started the match against Dynamo Dresden on Saturday before being withdrawn in the 74th minute as FSV Frankfurt claimed a 3-1 win.
Apostolis Giannou (PAOK Thessaloniki) – Did not play in his side’s 2-0 victory over PAS Giannina on Monday. Giannou again did not feature in PAOK's 2-0 Cup defeat to Asteras Tripolis on Saturday. His team lost 3-2 on aggregate.
Giannis Simosis (Kerkyra) – Was neither a starter nor a substitute in his team's 2-1 defeat to Panthrakikos last Monday.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht FC) – Ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht FC) – Did not play in his side's 2-1 away win against PEC Zwolle on Sunday.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht FC) – Appeared as a 73rd-minute substitute during Utrecht's 2-1 win over PEC Zwolle.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Did not feature in his team's 6-0 thrashing by Feyenoord on Sunday.
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Was neither a starter nor a substitute in his team's 1-1 draw with Bologna on Saturday.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Injured and missed Sassuolo's 2-1 defeat to Modena on Saturday.
Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Did not feature in his side's 1-0 J-League Cup defeat to Kashima Antlers on Wednesday. Kennedy then played the full 90 minutes of Nagoya Grampus' 1-1 draw with Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday.
Robert Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Was an unused substitute as Chunnam Dragons drew 0-0 with Seongnam on Saturday.
Luke Devere (Gyeongnam) – Gyeongnam will face Jeju United on Wednesday.
Nathan Burns (Incheon United) – Starting line-ups unavailable as Incheon United played out a 2-2 draw with Ulsan on Sunday.
Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – Marshalled the backline effectively for 90 minutes as Jeju United earned a 1-1 draw with Daegu on Saturday.
Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) – Was neither a starter nor a substitute in his team's comfortable 2-0 win against Thailand's Muangthong United in their AFC Champions League Group F tie on Wednesday. Wilkinson again did not play in his side's 1-1 draw with Pohang Steelers on Saturday.
Brendan Hamill (Seongnam) – Did not play in Seongnam's 0-0 draw with Chunnam Dragons on Saturday.
Eddie Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) – Played from start to finish but could not prevent the Suwon Bluewings from slipping to a 1-0 home defeat against the Central Coast Mariners in their AFC Champions League Group H fixture on Tuesday. Suwon will tackle Guizhou Renhe in the Asian Champions League next Tuesday.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Was missing from the squad that lost 2-0 to powerhouse Porto on Saturday.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Grabbed a 23rd-minute goal and completed the full 90 minutes as Al Arabi claimed a 2-1 win against Al Mu'aidar last Monday (April 22).
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Was sidelined by injury and missed his team's 2-2 draw with Al Ahli in their AFC Champions League Group C meeting on Tuesday. Al Gharafa will face Sepahan in their next AFC Asian Champions League match next Wednesday.
Harry Kewell (Al Gharafa) – Did not play in Al Gharafa's 2-2 draw with Al Ahli during their AFC Champions League Group C encounter on Tuesday. His team will meet Sepahan in their next AFC Champions League match next Wednesday
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Umm Salal have concluded their Stars League campaign.
Luke Wilkshere (Dinamo Moscow) – Played from start to finish as Dinamo Moscow earned a 3-1 win against Mordovia Saransk on Saturday.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Registered 90 minutes under his belt as Hearts sank to a 1-0 loss to Dundee on Saturday.
Tom Rogic (Celtic) – Started the encounter against Motherwell on Sunday before being withdrawn in the 73rd minute as newly-crowned Scottish Premier League champions Celtic slumped to a 3-1 loss.
Kerem Bulut (Akhisar Belediyespor) – Made an 82nd-minute substitute appearance as Akhisar Belediyespor drew 1-1 with Bursaspor on Saturday.
Aziz Behich (Bursaspor) – Did not feature in his team's 1-1 draw with Akhisar Belediyespor on Saturday.
Ersan Gulum (Besiktas) – Did not play in Besiktas' 2-0 victory over Orduspor on Saturday.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – The forward completed the full 90 minutes as Al Ain suffered a 2-0 loss to Al Hilal in their AFC Champions League Group D clash on Wednesday. Brosque passed up a great chance in the 53rd minute when he smashed his effort over the crossbar when presented with a one-on-one opportunity against goalkeeper Abdullah Mohammed. Brosque did not play in his side's 1-0 defeat to Al Shaab in their Pro-League encounter on Saturday.
Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – Played a full game as Bani Yas drew 1-1 with Muharraq before losing 4-3 on penalties in their GCC Champions League tie on Tuesday. Former Crystal Palace midfielder Carle then emerged as a 75th-minute substitute as Bani Yas drew 2-2 with Al Dhafra on Saturday.
Dino Djulbic (Al Wahda) – Played from start to finish as Al Wahda slumped to a 4-3 home defeat to Ajman in their Pro-League fixture on Friday.
Richard Porta (Dubai) – Did not feature in Dubai's 1-1 draw with Al Jazira on Saturday.
Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) – Scored twice as the New York Red Bulls claimed a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on Saturday.
Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) – Seattle Sounders will travel to face the Philadelphia Union next Saturday.
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.