Australians Abroad: Robbie Kruse announces Leverkusen arrival

The former Melbourne Victory man went some way to making a name for himself at his new club, bagging a brace on his first league start for the BayArena outfit


Mile Jedinak was unable to prevent Crystal Palace from going down 2-0 at home to Swansea City, leaving the promoted side second from bottom on the Premier League table.

In the Championship, Scott McDonald netted his first strike for Millwall, enough to secure a 1-0 win away to local rivals Charlton.

And in the Scottish Premier League, Dylan McGowan's Hearts went down 2-1 away to Ross County, while Jackson Irvine and Kilmarnock earned a point in a 1-1 draw away to Partick Thistle.

Big winner - Robbie Kruse

Robbie Kruse marked his first start for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga with his first two league goals for the club and provided an assist, sending Sami Hyypia's team on their way to a 4-1 win away to Mainz.

 In the doghouse - Rhys Williams

Middlesbrough captain Rhys Williams is set for a short spell on the sidelines after being sent off for a professional foul late in his team's 3-3 draw at home to Bournemouth, although the skipper's sacrifice may have prevented his team from an embarrassing defeat, having recovered from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 with seven minutes to go.


James Holland was one of nine players to receive yellow cards in Austria Wien's ill-tempered 2-1 win away to Sturm Graz, a game which - unsurprisingly - saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Mat Ryan, now coached by former goalkeeper Michel Preud'homme, kept a clean sheet in Club Brugge's 4-0 win at home to Anderlecht.

In Germany's second tier, Mathew Leckie claimed a brace and Nikita Rukavytsya also scored as FSV Frankfurt romped past visiting Ingolstadt 4-1.

In the Eredivisie, Tommy Oar was withdrawn on the hour mark as Utrecht went down 1-0 away to Feyenoord. Jason Davidson's Heracles were on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat at home to Twente.

Oliver Bozanic's FC Luzern registered a 1-0 win away to Swiss Super League leaders Young Boys, while Dario Vidosic and FC Sion suffered a 3-1 loss at home to Basel.

Luke Wilkshire collected a yellow card as his Dinamo Moscow side went down 3-1 at home to Lokomotiv Moscow.


Three Australians were involved in a goal-fest in the Chinese Super League, Jonas Salley's Guizhou Renhe beating the Guangzhou R&F of Eddy Bosnar and Royston Griffiths 5-3 on the road.

Michael Marrone's Shanghai Shenxin defeated Qingdao Jonoon 1-0 at home, while neither Daniel McBreen nor Bernie Ibini could find the back of the net, as their Shanghai SIPG side went down 1-0 to the visiting Shandong Luneng, who numbered Ryan McGowan among their ranks.

Erik Paartalu's Tianjin Teda saw off Beijing Guoan 1-0 and Daniel Mullen was unable to prevent Dalian Aerbin going down 2-0 at Changchun Yatai.

It was a bad round for both of the Australians in the J-League, as Lucas Neill's Omiya Adrija were beaten 2-0 at home by Vegalta Sendai, while Josh Kennedy and Nagoya Grampus also lost at home to Tokyo FC by the same scoreline.

Alex Wilkinson's Jeonbuk Motors managed a 1-0 win at Busan I'Park in the K-League's Championship playoff series, while in the relegation round, Robbie Cornthwaite came off the bench in the Chunnam Dragons' 2-2 draw at home to Daejon.

Mark Bresciano's Al Gharafa drew 0-0 at home to Al Khor in Qatari Stars League, while in the United Arab Emirates Pro League, Brett Holman's Al Nasr recorded a 2-1 win over the Al Shaab team of Billy Celeski, who was substituted in the 19th minute.

Alex Brosque came on in the second half of Al Ain's 2-1 win over Ajman.

North America

Andy Rose came off just past the hour mark in the Seattle Sounders' 1-1 draw at LA Galaxy, while Tim Cahill and David Carney played the full 90 minutes of New York Red Bulls' 1-0 win at home to Dallas.

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], Tom Rogic [Celtic]

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