|By SHAM MAJID
Tim Cahill once again demonstrated his deadly poaching instincts in front of goal this weekend as a trademark header handed the New York Red Bulls a 1-0 win over Los Angeles in injury time on Sunday.
With the game set to peter out into a goalless draw, former Lyon midfielder Juninho's free-kick was majestically met by Cahill, who out-jumped his markers to head home the winner.
His 91st-minute goal culminated in his fourth goal of the season - all of which have come within the last five matches.
Over in England, veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer produced a sparkling display in what could prove to be his final appearance for Fulham as the Cottagers romped to a 3-0 win against Swansea City on Sunday.
Schwarzer produced a stunning save to foil an Ashley Williams header at the back post before denying the likes of Pablo Hernandez, Wayne Routledge, Chico Flores and Jonathan De Guzman.
Chris Herd finally recovered from a long-term foot injury to take his place among the substitutes bench in his side's final league outing against Wigan Athletic on Sunday. The defender though, did not enter the field of play.
In the Championship, Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak led his team to the play-off final after the Eagles swept aside Brighton 2-0 in their second-leg semi-final play-off clash.
Palace will now face off with Watford City on May 27, with the winners earning a ticket back to the English Premier League.
In Germany, Robbie Kruse and Fortuna Dusseldorf suffered relegation heartbreak as a crushing 3-0 loss to Hannover saw them plunging back to the second tier of German football.
Kruse, a 68th-minute substitute, could not save Dusseldorf from being gunned down 3-0 and it is likely to have been the Australian winger's final match for the club.
Over in Asia, Mark Bresciano found the back of the net for Al Gharafa although his side eventually suffered a 2-1 loss to Al Shabab in their AFC Champions League Round of 16 first-leg encounter last Tuesday.
Former Liverpool forward Djibril Cisse's header across goal was forced over the line by Bresciano, who made his long-awaited return from a groin injury.
His former Socceroos colleague Harry Kewell has been released by Al Gharafa after his six-week contract expired and Bresciano returned. Kewell has now returned to England.
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Mile Jedinak in action in the second leg of his side's Championship playoff with Brighton. Palace face Watford in the final.
James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Played the entire 90 minutes as Austria Vienna strolled to a 3-1 win against Wiener Neustadt on Sunday.
Rostyn Griffiths (Guangzhou R&F) – Did not play against compatriot Jonas Salley as Guangzhou R&F slumped to a 3-2 defeat to Guizhou Renhe on Saturday. It spelled the end for coach Sergio Farias.
Michael Marrone (Shanghai Shenxin) – Did not feature in Shanghai Shenxin's 0-0 draw with Qingdao Jonoon on Saturday.
Matt McKay (Changchun Yatai) – Registered the full 90 minutes under his belt as Changchun Yatai played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Dalian Aerbin on Saturday.
Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng) – Played from start to finish as Shandong Luneng claimed a convincing 3-0 victory over Qingdao Jonoon last Tuesday. McGowan again marshalled his backline admirably from start to finish as his team beat Shanghai SIPG 1-0 on Saturday.
Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda) – Played the full 90 minutes as Tianjin Teda earned a 2-2 with Beijing Guoan on Saturday.
Jonas Salley (Guizhou Renhe) – Played the full 90 minutes as his team eked out a 3-2 win against Guangzhou R&F on Saturday.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Appeared as a 76th-minute substitute for Danish veteran midfielder Dennis Rommedhal as Brondby thrashed Nordsjaelland 4-0 in their Superliga encounter last Friday. McGrath was then absent as Brondby defeated Horsens 1-0 on Monday.
Adam Federici (Reading) – Injured and watched from the sidelines as Reading were brushed aside 2-0 by Manchester City last Tuesday. Federici also missed Reading's 4-2 defeat to West Ham United in their final English Premier League match of the season on Sunday, with the relegation already confirmed.
Brad Jones (Liverpool FC) – Warmed the bench as Liverpool wrapped up their season with a 1-0 win against relegated QPR at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds finished seventh on the table.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Missed his side's 2-2 draw with Wigan on Sunday, with Villa completing their campaign in 15th.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Finally returned from injury but did not appear from among the substitutes as Aston Villa finished their league campaign with a 2-2 draw against Wigan on Sunday.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Kept a clean sheet as Fulham claimed a 3-0 away win against Swansea City on Sunday, with Fulham finishing 12th. Doubt on his future at the club is growing.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Marshalled the midfield commendably from start to finish as Crystal Palace earned a 2-0 second-leg semi-final play-off victory against Brighton last Monday. The Eagles will now tackle Watford in the play-off final on May 27.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Came off the bench in the 68th minute as Fortuna Dusseldorf crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Hannover, condemning them to relegation to the second division.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Did not feature in the squad that drew 2-2 with Stuttgart on Saturday.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Watched proceedings from the bench for 90 minutes as Borussia Dortmund sank to a surprising 2-1 home defeat to Hoffenheim on Saturday. Dortmund finishing runners-up in the league.
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Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund II) – Was an unused substitute as Borussia Dortmund II earned a 1-0 away victory against Stuttgart II on Saturday.
Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Started the encounter against Eintracht Braunschweig before being replaced in the 68th minute as both sides drew 2-2 on Sunday. FSV finished their campaign in fourth - just four points from a promotion playoff - but Leckie will return to parent club Borussia Monchengladbach.
Apostolis Giannou (PAOK Thessaloniki) – Did not feature as PAOK were gunned down 2-1 by Atromitos in their Super League clash on Wednesday. Giannou again did not play in his team's 1-0 loss to PAS Giannina on Sunday.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht FC) – Ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht FC) – Started the match against Heerenveen before being withdrawn from the fray in the 66th minute as his team earned a 1-0 win. Oar then played the full 90 minutes as Utrecht beat Heerenveen 2-1 to progress to the final of the Europa League playoffs, where they will meet FC Twente.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht FC) – Did not play in Utrecht's 1-0 away win against Heerenveen last Thursday. Zullo also did not feature in Utrecht's 2-1 win against the same team on Sunday.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Heracles have concluded their Eredivisie campaign, having finished in 12th position.
James Troisi (Atalanta) – Was not part of the squad that drew 2-2 with Chievo Verona on Sunday. Atalanta finished 15th on the Serie A table at season's end.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Injured and did not feature as Sassuolo beat Livorno 1-0 on Saturday, but his side are Serie B champions and will play in the top flight next season.
Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – Played from start to finish as Nagoya Grampus were comprehensively beaten 3-1 by Kashima Antlers on Saturday.
Robert Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons) – Chunnam Dragons will play against Suwon Bluewings next Sunday.
Luke Devere (Gyeongnam) – Played from start to finish as Gyeongnam slumped to a 2-0 loss to Seongnam on Sunday.
Nathan Burns (Incheon United) – Did not feature in Incheon's 1-0 win against Gangwon on Sunday.
Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – Was neither a starter nor a substitute as Jeju United earned a 2-1 victory against Suwon Bluewings on Saturday.
Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors) – Was stuck on the bench for 90 minutes as Jeonbuk Motors slumped to a 2-0 loss to Kashiwa Reysol in their AFC Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash last Wednesday. Jeonbuk will meet Kashiwa in their second-leg match on Wednesday.
Brendan Hamill (Seongnam) – Did not play in his team's 2-0 victory over Gyeongnam on Sunday.
Eddie Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings) – Remained on the bench as Suwon Bluewings lost 2-1 at home to Jeju United on Saturday.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Injured and did not feature in the squad that lost 1-0 to Sporting Braga on Sunday.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Al Arabi have finished their league season.
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Netted for Al Gharafa in the 42nd minute and was replaced in the 86th as his side slumped to a 2-1 home defeat against Al Shabab in their AFC Champions League Round of 16 first-leg encounter last Tuesday.
Harry Kewell (Al Gharafa) – Kewell's six-week contract with Al Gharafa expired and he has returned to England.
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Umm Salal have concluded their league campaign.
Luke Wilkshere (Dinamo Moscow) – Received a caution in the 39th minute before being replaced in the 62nd minute as Dinamo Moscow were gunned down 1-0 by Alaniya on Sunday.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Played the full 90 minutes as Hearts concluded their Scottish Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Aberdeen on Saturday. The financially stricken club finished third from bottom, but comfortably avoided relegation.
Tom Rogic (Celtic) – Came off the bench in the 68th minute as champions Celtic walloped First Division-bound Dundee United 4-0 in their final league match of the season.
Kerem Bulut (Akhisar Belediyespor) – Came off the bench in the 73rd minute as Akhisar Belediyespor beat Mersin Idmanyurdu 1-0 last Monday. Bulut again entered the fray as a 62nd-minute substitute as his team earned a 2-0 away win against Orduspor on Saturday. Akhisar Belediyespor finished their Super Lig campaign in 14th.
Aziz Behich (Bursaspor) – Did not feature as Bursaspor battled to a 0-0 draw with Eskisehirspor last Monday. Behich also did not play in his side's 2-2 draw with Genclerbirligi on Sunday, which ensured Bursaspor finished fourth on the table - winning a Europa League place.
Ersan Gulum (Besiktas) – Remained on the bench as Besiktas lost 2-0 to Kayserispor on Sunday, with Besiktas finishing their season in third and gaining an Europa League place.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Did not feature in his team's disappointing 2-0 loss to Al Wahda on Saturday.
Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – Details of starting line-ups unavailable as Bani Yas drew 1-1 with Al Khor in their GCC Champions League encounter last Friday. They will face Al Jazira in their Pro-League match on Monday.
Dino Djulbic (Al Wahda) – Played the entire 90 minutes as Al Wahda recorded a 2-0 win against Al Ain on Saturday.
Richard Porta (Dubai) – Was not in the squad that sank to a 2-0 loss to Al Shabab on Saturday.
Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) – Grabbed the only goal of the match as the New York Red Bulls earned a last-minute 1-0 win against Los Angeles on Sunday.
Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) – Did not play in Seattle Sounders' 4-2 victory against FC Dallas on Saturday.