Australians Abroad: Herd, Kruse & Jedinak beaten

The Aussie trio tasted defeat after earning league starts at their respective clubs in a tough weekend of European action

Chris Herd started as his Aston Villa team went down 2-1 away to Stoke City in the English Premier League, while Mile Jedinak played a full game in Crystal Palace's 3-0 defeat at home to Newcastle United.

In the Championship, Scott McDonald was withdrawn just before the hour mark of Millwall's 2-0 loss at home to Middlesbrough.

In Scotland, Dylan McGowan played as his Hearts team lost 2-0 at Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, and Jackson Irvine completed Kilmarnock's 2-1 win at home to Partick Thistle.


Robbie Kruse started and came off with 12 minutes to go as Bayer Leverkusen lost 1-0 at Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.

A tier below, Mathew Leckie scored and Nikita Rukavytsya came off the bench in FSV Frankfurt's 2-2 draw at home to 1860 Munich, while Ben Halloran also started as Fortuna Dusseldorf lost 3-2 at home to Cologne.

Mat Ryan played as Club Brugge won 3-1 away to Gent in the Belgian Pro League, despite finishing the match with 10 men.

Both of Utrecht's Australians started their Eredivisie match away to Go Ahead Eagles. Tommy Oar supplied the assist as the visitors took the lead, only to lose 2-1. Jason Davidson completed 90 minutes in Heracles' 2-2 draw at home to Vitesse.

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In the United Arab Emirates, Billy Celeski played the full game in Al Shaab's 2-1 home win over Dubai. Alex Brosque completed 90 minutes as Al Ain drew 1-1 at home to Al Sharjah. Milan Susak could not prevent Al Wasl from going down 2-1 at Emirates. And Brett Holman was on the scoresheet as Al Nasr won 2-1 at home to Ajman.

On the bench

Brad Jones (Liverpool), Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Carl Valeri (Sassuolo), Adam Federici (Reading)

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