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Goal Australia examines the winners and losers from the Australians in action around the football world, with Tommy Oar stealing the show in the Netherlands

Big winner - Tommy Oar

Tommy Oar takes our plaudits this week for his part in Utrecht's 2-0 win at home to AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie.

The winger set the wheels in motion for Utrecht's first goal, playing in Davy Bulthuis, who provided the assist for Steve de Ridder's 54th-minute opener.

Oar cut out the middle man for the second, breaking beyond the half-way line and driving at the AZ defence before sliding the ball through for De Ridder to net his second, as Utrecht recovered from their chastening 6-0 loss away to Twente last week.

 In the doghouse - Robbie Kruse

He didn't do anything wrong but Robbie Kruse is in the spotlight for the negative reasons this week, getting just two minutes of game-time off the bench in his Bayer Leverkusen debut, a 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Behind South Korean Heung-Min Son [pictured here] in the pecking order, the Socceroo is finding out how tough it is to break into a top-level team following his move from Fortuna Dusseldorf, something which may hurt his World Cup hopes come the end of the season.

Global wrap - you've got to get on the field to earn a mention


Mile Jedinak was Australia's only representative in the English Premier League last weekend, and was unable to prevent Crystal Palace going down 2-1 away to Stoke City.

Millwall's Shane Lowry and Scott McDonald found themselves wearing last season's Sheffield Wednesday away strip after their team's kit man forgot to pack for the trip to Hillsborough, where the Aussie duo played out the full game in a 2-2 draw.

Also in the Championship, Rhys Williams' Middlesbrough conceded late to draw 2-2 away to FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic.

Tom Rogic started for Celtic and was withdrawn with 10 minutes to go as the Scottish Premier League title holders came from 2-0 down to rescue a 2-2 draw at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Jackson Irvine, on loan at Kilmarnock from Celtic, played the full 90 minutes as his side gave up the lead to lose 2-1 at home to Hibernian.

And Dylan McGowan played the full game as his Hearts side earned a 2-1 win at home to Aberdeen.


James Holland was on the field from start to finish for Austria Wien as they thumped Wolfsberger AC 4-1 away from home, the Austrian Bundesliga champions recording their third win in succession.

Also in the Eredivisie, Jason Davidson made his second successive appearance at left-back for Heracles, as they drew 1-1 with PSV Eindhoven.

Mat Ryan was between the sticks as his Club Brugge side were held 1-1 at home to Gent in the Belgian Pro League.

Mathew Leckie scored as FSV Frankfurt drew 1-1 at home to Union Berlin in the Bundesliga 2.

Veteran Socceroo Luke Wilkshere picked up a yellow card as his Dinamo Moscow side conceded in the 93rd minute to draw 1-1 at home to Zenit St Petersburg.

And Oliver Bozanic was presented with the Swiss Super League's Player of the Month award for his flying start at Luzern, who drew 1-1 at home to Basel.


Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill came off the bench to make his debut for Omiya Ardija, picking up a yellow card and going close to scoring a headed equaliser in a 3-2 defeat at home to Kashiwa Reysol.

Also in the J-League, Josh Kennedy completed the 90 minutes but couldn't find the back of the net for Nagoya Grampus, who had to rely on an 89th-minute winner from substitute Kisho Yano to see off the visit of Cerezo Osaka.

In the K-League, Alex Wilkinson was on the score sheet as Jeonbuk Motors defeated Jeju United 3-0 away, while Robbie Cornthwaite was introduced in the 90th minute of Chunnam Dragons' 3-2 loss at home to Pohang Steelers.

Over in China, Eddy Bosnar got himself booked as his Guangzhou R&F team lost 1-0 in the derby at Guangzhou Evergrande.

Ryan McGowan fared better, seeing out the full 90 as his Shandong Luneng side saw off the visit of Hangzhou Greentown 1-0.

Erik Paartalu was subbed off with 16 minutes to go as Tianjin Teda went down by the same scoreline at Wuhan Zall.

Shanghai Shenxin's Michael Marrone, still on the comeback trail from injury, was withdrawn after 81 minutes of a 2-1 win over Guizhou Renhe.

Daniel McBreen and Bernie Ibini both played the full game and both entered the referee's notebook as their Shanghai SIPG team went down 1-0 at home to Shanghai Shenhua.

North America

Tim Cahill scored to get New York Red Bulls level at 1-1 in their match away to Chivas USA in Major League Soccer, but the visitors went on to lose the game 3-2.

On the bench -  some of the big names to miss out this week

Chris Herd [Aston Villa], Brad Jones [Liverpool], Adam Federici [Reading], Mitch Langerak [Borussia Dortmund].


On the bench in a 1-0 home loss to Liverpool, it may not be too long before we see Chris Herd in a Villa shirt again

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