|By SHAM MAJID
Mile Jedinak's late goal propelled Crystal Palace into the English Premier League play-offs as the Eagles snatched a 3-2 win against Peterborough United on Saturday.
The Eagles looked set to slip out of the play-off spots but Jedinak struck in the 89th minute when he majestically headed home a Stephen Dobbie cross to snap Palace's long winless drought.
In the process, Peterborough were relegated to League One, while Palace claimed their first win in nine encounters. They will now face bitter rivals Brighton in a two-legged semi-final next week.
In the English Premier League, Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer had a day to forget on Saturday, conceding four goals in his side's 4-2 capitulation at the hands of Reading.
With virtually nothing left to play for, Fulham churned out a typically end-of-season display, and the Australian custodian was left badly exposed by his defence as an already-relegated Reading side ran riot at Craven Cottage.
Over in Germany, Robbie Kruse could not prevent Fortuna Dusseldorf from crashing to a morale-sapping 3-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday - a result that dragged them closer to the dreaded drop.
The Australian attacker, who is reportedly set to join Champions League-bound Bayer Leverkusen next season, played from start to finish in what was a thoroughly disappointing afternoon for Dusseldorf.
In Russia, Luke Wilkshere put in a commendable shift in defence as he helped Dinamo Moscow claim a 2-1 win against Krylya Sovetov on Sunday.
Over in Asia, Guizhou Renhe's Jonas Salley was part of the side that drew 2-2 with Suwon Bluewings in their AFC Champions League Group clash last Tuesday. Nevertheless, the Chinese Super League outfit crashed out of the group-stages, finishing third.
Across the Atlantic, Tim Cahill nodded home the rebound in the 80th minute as the New York Red Bulls beat the Columbus Crew 1-0 on Saturday.
The former Everton midfielder demonstrated his deadly instincts in front of goal when he pounced on the loose ball after Andy Gruenebaum foiled an initial effort from Jonathan Steele.
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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 the full 90 minutes as Austria Vienna cruised to a 3-1 victory over Ried on Saturday.
Rostyn Griffiths (Guangzhou R&F) – Guangzhou R&F will face off with Jiangsu Sainty on Monday.
Michael Marrone (Shanghai Shenxhin) – Did not play against compatriot Ryan McGowan's Shandong Luneng side in his sid'es 3-2 loss on Saturday.
Matt McKay (Changchun Yatai) – Registered 90 minutes under his belt as his team were beaten 2-0 by Beijing Guoan on Sunday.
Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng) – Played from start to finish as his team earned a brilliant 3-2 away win against Shanghai Shenxin on Saturday.
Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda) – Played the full 90 minutes as Tianjin Teda crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Guangzhou Evergrande on Sunday.
Jonas Salley (Guizhou Renhe) – Played the full 90 minutes in his side's 2-2 draw with Suwon Bluewings in their AFC Champions League Group H fixture last Tuesday, a result that saw the Chinese outfit eliminated from the group-stages. Salley missed a great opportunity in the second half after he headed an effort over the bar. Guizhou Renhe finished the group-stages in third place. Salley also lasted the whole 90 minutes as his team earned a 2-1 win against Dalian Aerbin on Sunday.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Was an unused substitute as Brondby were held to a 0-0 draw by Copenhagen on Sunday.
Adam Federici (Reading) – Injured and did not feature as an already-relegated Reading outfit earned a 4-2 away win against Fulham on Saturday.
Brad Jones (Liverpool FC) – Sat on the bench as Liverpool and Everton laboured to a dull 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) –Appeared as a 79th-minute substitute as Aston Villa beat Norwich City 2-1 on Saturday to steer further away from the relegation zone.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Continues to be on the sidelines and missed his team's 2-1 victory against Norwich City on Saturday.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Had a bad day at the office as Fulham slumped to a 4-2 home defeat to Reading at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn Rovers) – Did not feature in the squad that drew 1-1 with Birmingham City in their final match of the campaign.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Hassled and harried the Millwall midfield throughout the encounter but could not inspire his side to a win against compatriot Shane Lowry's team last Tuesday. The combative defensive midfielder then grabbed an 89th-minute winner for his side against Peterborough United on Saturday, sending their opponents down to League One. The Australian was also booked in the 72nd minute.
Patrick Kisnorbo (Ipswich Town) – Headed a corner over the bar early on in the encounter but was part of the central defence that conceded twice as Burnley beat the Tractors Boys 2-0 on Saturday.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Started his side's final league fixture of the season against Charlton Athletic on Saturday before being replaced in the 86th minute as an already-relegated City were hammered 4-1.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) – The defender marshalled his backline effectively for 90 minutes as Millwall scrapped to a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace last Tuesday. Lowry also featured for the Lions against Derby County on Saturday, and saw his 35-yard striker fly over the bar in the 70th minute. Millwall slumped to a 1-0 defeat, although they preserved their Championship status.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Registered 90 minutes under his belt on Saturday as Middlesbrough concluded their campaign with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) – Played the full 90 minutes as the Teesiders lost 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Played the full 90 minutes as Fortuna Dusseldorf were comprehensively beaten 3-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, sending them closer to the relegation zone.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Started the clash against Hannover but was withdrawn from the fray in the 54th minute as both sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw on Saturday.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Warmed the bench for 90 minutes as Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in their Champions League semi-final second-leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu last Tuesday. Dortmund, however, qualified for the Champions League final after defeating the Spanish giants 4-3 on aggregate. Langerak again sat on the bench on Saturday as Dortmund and Bayern Munich's dress rehearsal for their upcoming Champions League final encounter ended in a 1-1 draw.
Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund II) – Was an unused substitute as Borussia Dortmund II earned a 1-1 draw with Babelsberg last Tuesday. Amini again did not come off the bench in his team's 2-2 draw with Heidenheim on Saturday.
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Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Played from start to finish as FSV Frankfurt were thrashed 4-1 by Kaiserslautern on Sunday.
Apostolis Giannou (PAOK Thessaloniki) – PAOK will play against Atromitos on May 15.
Giannis Simosis (Kerkyra) – Kerkyra have concluded their league campaign.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht FC) – Ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht FC) – Appeared as a 61st-minute substitute as Utrecht earned a comprehensive 4-2 away win over Heerenveen on Sunday.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht FC) – Did not play in his side's 4-2 victory over Heerenveen on Sunday.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Did not feature in the squad that drew 1-1 with Twente Enschede on Sunday.
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Was not part of the squad that slipped to a 2-0 loss to Parma on Sunday.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Sassuolo will play against Padova on Monday, but Valeri is injured.
Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Played the full 90 minutes and earned a caution in the 66th minute as Nagoya Grampus lost 2-1 to Kawasaki Frontale on Friday. Nagoya will face Vegalta Sendai on Monday.
Robert Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Watched proceedings from the bench for 90 minutes as Chunnam Dragons claimed a 1-0 win against Gyeongnam on Sunday.
Luke Devere (Gyeongnam) – Injured and did not feature as his team suffered a 2-1 loss to Jeju United last Wednesday. Devere again did not play over the weekend, as Gyeongnam suffered a 1-0 home loss to Chunnam Dragons on Sunday.
Nathan Burns (Incheon United) – Injured and did not play in his side's 1-0 defeat to Suwon Bluewings on Sunday.
Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – Warmed the bench for 90 minutes as Jeju United earned a 2-1 win against Gyeongnam last Wednesday. Madaschi was again stuck on the bench on Sunday, as Jeju United beat Ulsan 2-0.
Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) – Did not play in his side's 0-0 draw with Guangzhou Evergrande during their AFC Champions League Group F fixture last Wednesday. The Korean giants progressed to the last 16 of the competition. Wilkinson also did not feature in his team's 1-0 win against Seoul on Sunday.
Brendan Hamill (Seongnam) – Did not feature in Seongnam's 1-0 loss to Pohang Steelers on Sunday.
Eddie Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) – Did not feature against compatriot Jonas Salley and Guizhou Renhe during his team's 2-2 draw with the Chinese side in their AFC Champions League Group H fixture last Tuesday. Suwon finished bottom of the standings. Bosnar was reinstated into the line-up for his side's clash with Incheon United on Sunday and played the full 90 minutes, as Suwon claimed a 1-0 victory.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Injured and did not feature in his side's 1-0 defeat to Academica on Sunday.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Details of starting line-ups unavailable as Al Arabi were gunned down 1-0 by Umm Salal in the Prince Cup on Sunday.
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Injured and missed his team's 3-1 loss to Sepahan in their AFC Champions League Group C encounter last Wednesday. Al Gharafa finished the group-stages in second place, progressing to the last 16 of the competition. Details of starting line-ups unavailable as Al Gharafa drew 0-0 with Al Kharitiyath in their Prince Cup clash on Sunday, before losing 5-3 on penalty kicks.
Harry Kewell (Al Gharafa) – Did not feature in Al Gharafa's 3-1 defeat to Sepahan last Wednesday. Details of starting line-ups unavailable as Al Gharafa drew 0-0 with Al Kharitiyath in their Prince Cup clash on Sunday, before losing 5-3 on penalty kicks.
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Details of starting line-ups unavailable as Umm Salal beat Al Arabi 1-0 in the Prince Cup on Sunday.
Luke Wilkshere (Dinamo Moscow) – Played the full 90 minutes as Dinamo Moscow earned a 2-1 win against Krylya Sovetov on Sunday.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Played from start to finish as Hearts strolled to a 3-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday.
Tom Rogic (Celtic) – Replaced Kris Commons in the 69th minute as Celtic and Ross County shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Kerem Bulut (Akhisar Belediyespor) – Appeared as a 66th-minute substitute as Akhisar Belediyespor were beaten 4-3 by Antalyaspor in a pulsating encounter on Sunday.
Aziz Behich (Bursaspor) – Did not play in Bursaspor's 4-2 victory against Orduspor on Sunday.
Ersan Gulum (Besiktas) – Entered the fray in the 90th minute as his team claimed a 2-1 win against Eskisehirspor on Sunday.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Played the full 90 minutes against Esteghlal as his side slumped to a 1-0 defeat in their AFC Champions League Group D fixture last Tuesday. Al Ain crashed out of the group-stages of the tournament, finishing third. Details of starting line-ups unavailable as Al Ain lost 2-1 to Al Ahli in their Presidents Cup tie on Sunday.
Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – Starting line-ups unavailable as Bani Yas lost 1-0 to Najran during their GCC Champions League clash last Wednesday.
Dino Djulbic (Al Wahda) – Al Wahda will play against Al Shabab in the Presidents Cup on Monday.
Richard Porta (Dubai) – Dubai will play against Al Wasl on Thursday.
Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) – Headed in a rebound in the 80th minute as the New York Red Bulls earned a hard-fought 1-0 win against the Columbus Crew on Saturday.
Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) – Appeared as a 74th-minute substitute as the Seattle Sounders drew 2-2 with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.