Australians Abroad: Schwarzer debuts, Holland wins

The veteran goalkeeper tasted elite European football for the first time in the twilight of his career, while a Socceroo midfielder and his Austrian club finished strongly

Mark Schwarzer became the oldest debutant in UEFA Champions League history when he started in goal for Chelsea on Wednesday, as the Blues beat Steaua Bucuresti 1-0 to secure first place in Group E. It was a quiet night between the sticks for the 41-year-old, although he did well to force Gabriel Iancu to shoot wide when clean through on goal in what was one of the visitors' few chances at Stamford Bridge.

Also on Wednesday, James Holland played a full game as his Austria Wien ended their first Champions League campaign on a high note, beating Zenit St Petersburg 4-1 at home, although it was not enough for them to qualify for the Europa League, with Porto taking third in Group G.

Tom Rogic was not in the matchday squad as Celtic were thumped 6-1 at Barcelona, while Mitch Langerak was on the bench as Borussia Dortmund defeated Marseille 2-1 away from home to book top spot in Group F.

On Tuesday, Robbie Kruse came on in the 46th minute for Bayer Leverkusen as they defeated Real Sociedad 1-0 away from home. The Socceroos forward performed well at the Anoeta Stadium, but ended the game with an injury scare after going down under a heavy tackle.

On Monday, Ben Halloran started and played until the final minutes of Fortuna Dusseldorf's 1-0 win away to Kaiserslautern in the 2. Bundesliga.

TOR! | Halloran celebrates a Fortuna goal

Also on Monday, Brett Holman was on the score sheet as Al Nasr defeated Al Fujairah 3-2 in the United Arab Emirates President's Cup, while Milan Susak completed 90 minutes in Al Wasl's 2-1 extra-time win over Ajman.

A day later, Alex Brosque started for Al Ain in their 4-1 President's Cup win over Sharjah, while Sasa Ognenovski played the full game in Umm Salal's 2-0 loss at home to Qatar SC in the Qatar Stars League.

Notching a win | Holland and co. taste victory on the big stage

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