|By SHAM MAJID
James Holland flew the Australian flag for overseas footballers this weekend as he helped Austria Vienna inch closer to the Bundesliga crown with a sterling display in midfield.
Having put in a solid shift during his side's easy 3-1 win against Ried in midweek to claim a place in May 30's Austrian Cup final, Holland then played from start to finish as Vienna recorded a 3-0 league victory over Wacker Innsbruck on Sunday.
They are now perched at the top of the Bundesliga standings, six points ahead of nearest rivals Salzburg with three games to play.
In England, Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was the victim of a Daniel Sturridge hat-trick as Liverpool coasted to a 3-1 win against the London club on Sunday.
Schwarzer, in possibly one of his last matches for the club, could not ensure Fulham's final home game of the season ended on a high, with boos ringing out from the Craven Cottage faithful.
In the Championship, Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak could not inspire his side to victory against Brighton in their first-leg semi-final play-off match, as both sides battled to a 0-0 draw.
Jedinak's tenaciousness in midfield again came to the fore when he was booked in the 39th minute. Palace take on their bitter rivals on Tuesday in the second leg.
In Germany, Robbie Kruse could not prevent Fortuna Dusseldorf from slipping to a 2-1 loss to Nurnberg on Saturday - a result that saw them edge perilously close to the relegation zone.
In neighbouring Holland, Jason Davidson endured a nightmare return to the Heracles Almelo line-up as he received his marching orders in the 71st minute as his team were thrashed 3-0 by Utrecht on Sunday.
In the Serie A, Atalanta attacker James Troisi earned a rare cameo appearance as a substitute, getting a run-out in the 54th minute in his team's eventual 2-1 loss to Udinese on Sunday.
Over in Asia, Joshua Kennedy converted a 50th-minute penalty on Saturday against Yokohama F. Marinos, but his Nagoya Grampus outfit slumped to a 2-1 defeat.
And across the Atlantic, New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill played from start to finish as his side beat Montreal Impact 2-1 last Thursday.
Cahill, who was spotted at Everton's Goodison Park on Sunday in what was manager David Moyes' last home match, featured until half-time in Saturday's 1-1 draw with New England Revolution.
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Mile Jedinak marshals his Palace troops in the scoreless first leg of his side's Championship playoff with Brighton. Palace face their rivals in the second leg on Monday.
James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Was a solid presence in midfield as Austria Vienna registered a 3-1 away win against Ried during their Cup encounter last Thursday. Holland again played the full 90 minutes during his side’s convincing 3-0 win against Wacker Innsbruck on Sunday. Holland was booked in the 69th minute.
Rostyn Griffiths (Guangzhou R&F) – Started the encounter against Beijing Guoan but was replaced in the 22nd minute as Guangzhou R&F claimed a 2-1 win over their counterparts on Friday.
Michael Marrone (Shanghai Shenxhin) – Did not play in his team’s 2-1 victory against Dalian Aerbin on Saturday.
Matt McKay (Changchun Yatai) – Started and finished the encounter against Guizhou Renhe on Sunday. Changchun Yatai lost 1-0 to their rivals.
Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng) – Shandong Luneng will face off with Qingdao Jonoon on Tuesday.
Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda) – Played the full 90 minutes as Tianjin Teda were held to a 1-1 draw by Jiangsu Sainty on Saturday.
Jonas Salley (Guizhou Renhe) – Played from start to finish against compatriot Matt McKay's Changchun Yatai outfit. Guizhou Renhe claimed a 1-0 win on Sunday.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Entered the fray as an 81st-minute substitute as Brondby drew 1-1 with AaB on Sunday.
Adam Federici (Reading) – Reading will take on Manchester City on Tuesday.
Brad Jones (Liverpool FC) – Warmed the bench as Liverpool strolled to a 3-1 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) –Was an unused substitute as Aston Villa slumped to a 2-1 home loss to Chelsea at Villa Park on Saturday.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Continues to recover from an injury and did not feature in his team's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Saw his rearguard breached three times by hat-trick hero Daniel Sturridge, as Liverpool coasted to a 3-1 victory against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Blackburn Rovers [Sebastian Usai], Ipswich Town [Patrick Kisnorbo], Bristol City [Neil Kilkenny], Millwall [Shane Lowry] and Middlesbrough [Scott McDonald and Rhys Williams] have concluded their npower Championship campaigns.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Played from start to finish in his side's 0-0 first-leg semi-final play-off clash against Brighton on Friday. Crystal Palace captain Jedinak earned a caution in the 39th minute. Palace will tackle Brighton in the second-leg on Monday.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Played from the first whistle but was withdrawn from the fray in the 66th minute as Fortuna Dusseldorf suffered a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Nurnberg on Saturday. Kruse was also booked in the 51st minute.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Did not feature in his side's 4-2 home loss to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Warmed the bench for 90 minutes as Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund II) – Warmed the bench for 90 minutes as Borussia Dortmund II earned a thrilling 4-3 win against Rot-Weiss Erfurt last Tuesday. Amini was again stuck on the bench for 90 minutes as his team drew 2-2 with Hallescher FC on Saturday.
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Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Started the fixture against Bochum but was replaced at half-time as FSV earned a hard-fought 2-1 win against their counterparts on Sunday.
Apostolis Giannou (PAOK Thessaloniki) – PAOK will play against Atromitos on Wednesday.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht FC) – Out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht FC) – Played the full 90 minutes in his team's easy 3-0 win against Heracles Almelo on Sunday.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht FC) – Did not feature in Utrecht's 3-0 victory against Heracles Almelo on Sunday.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Was sent off in the 71st minute as Heracles slumped to a 3-0 loss to Utrecht on Sunday.
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Watched proceedings from the bench for 90 minutes as Atalanta were beaten 1-0 at home to table-toppers Juventus last Wednesday. Troisi then appeared as a 54th-minute substitute during his side's 2-1 defeat to Udinese on Sunday.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Sidelined by injury and did not play in his team's 1-1 draw with Padova last Monday. Valeri again did not feature during Sassuolo's 2-2 draw with Virtus Lanciano on Saturday.
Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Played from start to finish as Nagoya Grampus crashed to a 2-0 home defeat to Vegalta Sendai last Monday. Kennedy then found the back of the net by lashing home a penalty in the 50th minute as his side were gunned down 2-1 by Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday.
Robert Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Starting line-ups unavailable as Chunnam Dragons played out a 0-0 draw after extra time in their FA Cup clash with Gangneung City last Wednesday. Chunnam then beat their counterparts 10-9 on penalty kicks. Cornthwaite then watched proceedings from the bench for 90 minutes as his team drew 2-2 with Jeonbuk Motors on Saturday.
Luke Devere (Gyeongnam) – Starting line-ups unavailable as earned a 2-0 victory over Ulsan Dolphins in their FA Cup fixture last Wednesday. Freshly returned from injury, Devere was an unused substitute as Gyeongnam earned a 3-1 win over Daegu on Sunday.
Nathan Burns (Incheon United) – Starting line-ups unavailable as Incheon United recorded a convincing 4-1 win against Jeonbuk in their FA Cup tie last Wednesday. Burns did not feature in his team's 0-0 draw against Jeju United on Sunday.
Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – Starting line-ups unavailable as Jeju United beat Konkuk University 2-1 in their FA Cup meeting last Wednesday. Madaschi also did not make the squad for the 0-0 draw against Incheon United on Sunday.
Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) – Starting line-ups unavailable as Jeonbuk Motors secured a 2-0 win against Yongin City in their FA Cup encounter last Wednesday. Like compatriot Robert Cornthwaite, Wilkinson also sat on the bench for 90 minutes as his team played out a 2-2 draw against Chunnam Dragons on Saturday.
Brendan Hamill (Seongnam) – Starting line-ups unavailable as Seongnam earned a thrilling extra-time 4-2 victory over Dong Eui University in their FA Cup match last Wednesday. Hamill was neither a starter nor a substitute during his side's 2-1 loss to Gangwon on Sunday.
Eddie Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) - Starting line-ups unavailable as Suwon Bluewings ran out as 2-1 winners against Anyang in their FA Cup contest last Wednesday. Bosnar then played in central defence for the full 90 minutes as his team suffered a 1-0 loss to Ulsan on Saturday.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Injured to missed out as Vitoria Setubal were beaten 2-1 by Moreirense on Saturday. With one match to go, struggling Setubal are three spots above the relegation zone with a two-point buffer.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Al Arabi have finished their league season.
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Injured, but Al Gharafa will face off with Al Shabab in their AFC Champions League Round of 16 first-leg encounter on Tuesday.
Harry Kewell (Al Gharafa) – Al Gharafa will play Al Shabab in their AFC Champions League Round of 16 first-leg encounter on Tuesday.
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Starting line-ups unavailable as Umm Salal were gunned down 1-0 by Al Sadd during their Prince Cup clash last Wednesday.
Luke Wilkshere (Dinamo Moscow) – Played from start to finish as Dinamo Moscow drew 1-1 with Krasnodar on Saturday. Wilkshere received a caution in the 35th minute.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Was an unused substitute as Hearts were stunned 2-1 by city rivals Hibernian on Sunday.
Tom Rogic (Celtic) – Did not feature in Celtic's 4-0 thumping of St Johnstone on Saturday.
Kerem Bulut (Akhisar Belediyespor) – Akhisar Belediyespor will face Mersin Idmanyurdu on Monday.
Aziz Behich (Bursaspor) – Bursaspor will play Eskisehirspor on Monday.
Ersan Gulum (Besiktas) – Was an unused substitute as Besiktas earned a 3-0 victory over Genclerbirligi on Saturday.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Did not feature in his team's 2-2 draw with Bani Yas on Sunday.
Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – Starting line-ups unavailable as Bani Yas beat Najran in their GCC Champions League second-leg tie last Wednesday. Bani Yas earned a 2-1 aggregate win. Carle then played the full 90 minutes of his side' 2-2 draw with Al Ain on Sunday.
Dino Djulbic (Al Wahda) – Starting line-ups unavailable as Al Wahda sank to a 2-0 defeat to Al Shabab in their Presidents Cup match last Monday. Djulbic played in central defence for the full 90 minutes as his team claimed a 2-1 victory against Al Dhafra in their Pro-League meeting last Thursday.
Richard Porta (Dubai) – Came off the bench in the 62nd minute as Dubai lost 3-1 to Al Wasl in their Pro-League clash last Thursday.
Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) – Played the full 90 minutes as the New York Red Bulls earned a 2-1 win against Montreal Impact last Thursday. The former Everton midfielder started the clash against New England Revolution last Saturday, but he was withdrawn from the fray at half-time as both sides played out a 1-1 draw.
Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) – Was an unused substitute as the Seattle Sounders beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in a last-gasp win last Thursday. Rose did not feature in his team's 4-0 thrashing of the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.