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Canadians Abroad Recap: Rough weekend for German-based Canucks

Canadians Abroad Recap: Rough weekend for German-based Canucks

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The four Canadians in Germany's top two tiers all suffered less-than-stellar results over the weekend. recaps that plus more.

Eintracht gets blanked by Bayern

Olivier Occean has scored one Bundesliga goal for Eintracht Frankfurt, despite starting regularly as the lone striker atop a 4-5-1 formation. This was okay while Eintracht was winning, but since a torrid start to the 2012-13 campaign, the points have proven harder to come by in recent weeks.

As a result, Eintracht mixed things up for a massive road match at league-leading Bayern Munich, including leaving Occean on the bench to start the game (he played the final 32 minutes). The change-up ultimately proved unsuccessful as Bayern came away a 2-0 victor, further cementing its spot at the top of the table.

Eintracht is still in a strong position in third place, although the team will need to find some goalscoring somewhere if it wants to remain in the upper echelons of the league.

Augsburg falls again

Another Canadian who usually starts regularly in the Bundesliga is Marcel de Jong, who instead watched from the bench on Saturday as his club FC Augsburg dropped a 3-1 decision to high-powered Borussia Dortmund.

De Jong had been the choice left back for Augsburg, which has accumulated just six points from the first 11 games and looks like an early candidate for relegation. Only time will tell if the 26-year-old will be able to reclaim the starting spot.

McKenna goes 90 in Köln draw

Central defender Kevin McKenna patrolled the back line for FC Köln on Friday in a scoreless draw with bottom-feeding MSV Duisburg, keeping Köln in the bottom half of the 2.Bundesliga standings.

The match against last place Duisburg represented a big opportunity for Köln to make a move in a competitive midtable section of the league, but an uninspired offensive performance kept the status quo for the club, which sits in 12th place.

Edwini-Bonsu makes rare appearance for Braunschweig

Striker Randy Edwini-Bonsu was an 83rd minute substitute as his team Eintracht Braunschweig looked for a late injection of attacking power in hopes of breaking a 1-1 deadlock with home side Erzgebirge Aue. The strategy was ultimately fruitless as the score remained the same at the final whistle despite the addition of Edwini-Bonsu.

The 22-year-old has struggled for playing time with the high-flying Braunschweig club, which is currently perched atop the 2.Bundesliga with 31 points. Friday's cameo was just his third league appearance this season, none of which have been starts.

Hutchinson, PSV win big again

It's becoming a routine for PSV Eindhoven to win by big margin these days. That didn't change over the weekend, as the surging club easily dispatched Heerenveen by a 5-1 scoreline, giving PSV its seventh consecutive victory in the Eredivisie.

More importantly, the win - in which Atiba Hutchinson played his customary 90 minutes - allowed PSV to finally usurp top spot in the league from FC Twente, which the Eindhoven giant has been chasing for weeks.

Jackson sits out Norwich scoreless draw

Simeon Jackson remained nailed to the bench despite his team not being able to find the net against Reading on Saturday. Fortunately for the Canaries, Reading was equally as inept going forward and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.

Norwich is currently in 15th in the Premiership.

Swansea salvages a point at Southampton

Jonathan de Guzman started and played 86 minutes in the midfield for Swansea City in a 1-1 draw at Southampton that was helped along by a late equalizer by the Swans.

The draw broke a lengthy losing streak for Southampton.

Hoilett, QPR continue woeful streak

Struggling Queens Park Rangers were shut out by host Stoke City on Saturday, adding to the misery that has been QPR's season so far.

Junior Hoilett played the full 90 for QPR, which remains dead last in the EPL on just four points from 11 matches.

Burnley suffers late-game collapse in road loss

In Championship action over the weekend, David Edgar's club Burnley did will to equalize at the 80th minute after losing for much of the match, but the side gave up an 87th minute dagger to allow Ipswich Town to claim a 2-1 victory.

Edgar, who has seemingly lost his starting spot since returning from international duty last month, watched the loss from the bench.

Ricketts gets first start for Vålerenga

After debuting for Norwegian team Vålerenga last week, striker Tosaint Ricketts got his first call to the starting lineup in a match on Sunday versus Lillestrom. Unfortunately for Ricketts, who went 60 minutes, his day was tarnished as Lillestrom claimed a 2-1 win.

Fellow Canuck and regular starting goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld was not dressed for Vålerenga, which has one more game left on its 2012 Tippeligaen schedule.

Borjan returns, earns clean sheet

Goalkeeper Milan Borjan returned to the Sivasspor starting lineup on Friday after missing the previous couple of weeks with a minor knee injury, and he didn't seem to miss a beat in helping his club to a 1-0 win over Eskişehirspor.

Sivasspor is currently in 10th place on the Turkish Super Lig's table, although the club is only two points out of fourth in the ultra-competitive league.

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