Marcel de Jong scored a late insurance goal to help Augsburg to a massive three points in Germany. Goal.com recaps that and more Canadians Abroad weekend action.
Marcel de Jong hit for an 83rd minute goal to help FC Augsburg win 3-0 over Stuttgart on Saturday, boosting the team closer to safety in the Bundesliga.
The Canadian international made an immediate impact in the match, subbing in just a minute before scoring his goal and tying up the three points for his team.
The victory puts Augsburg on 30 points, the same number as 15th place Fortuna Düsseldorf. Due to tie breakers, Augsburg still occupies the Bundesliga's relegation playoff spot, but the team has three more matches to improve its standing and earn automatic safety.
Occean features in deadlock
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Olivier Occean was a second half substitute for Eintracht Frankfurt in a 0-0 draw at Mainz 05. The big striker entered the match in the 64th minute mark as Eintracht was looking to inject some offence into the ultimately scoreless affair.
Eintracht remains outside the top four in the league standings, which also means that the club is an outsider for one of Germany's Champions League berths. In fifth place, Eintracht currently occupies a Europa League spot.
De Guzman's Jahn Regensburg relegated
Down a rung in the 2. Bundesliga, SSV Jahn Regensburg booked its place into the third division with a 1-0 loss at Union Berlin on Friday.
Julian de Guzman, who joined the beleaguered club on a short-term deal at the beginning of the year, was a full participant in the match. He played 90 minutes in central midfield for the 12th consecutive game.
Eintracht Braunschweig earns promotion
At the opposite end of the table, Eintracht Braunschweig officially grabbed the 2. Bundesliga's second promotion berth with a 1-0 win at FC Ingolstadt. The club joins Hertha BSC as new entrants into the Bundesliga.
However, 22-year-old striker Randy Edwini-Bonsu was neither on the pitch nor on the bench for Braunschweig, and word is that the pacy attacker will be on the look out for a new club this summer.
McKenna, Friend on opposite ends of draw
Still in the hunt for a promotion into the German top flight, FC Köln battled to a 1-1 draw with visiting 1860 Munich over the weekend.
Defender Kevin McKenna put in a 90 minute shift for Köln, which currently sits just one point out of the 2. Bundesliga's promotion playoff spot. On the opposing side, big striker Rob Friend subbed in at the beginning of the second half for 1860.
PSV keeps pace in Eredivisie
Meanwhile in Holland, Atiba Hutchinson played his customary 90 minutes for PSV Eindhoven as the Dutch giant cruised to a 5-2 victory over Groningen.
Unfortunately for PSV, it remains four points behind league-leading Ajax, which also grabbed a win over the weekend. Hutchinson's club is in second place with just two matches remaining.
QPR drops down
Over in England's Premier League, Queens Park Rangers and Reading played to a 0-0 draw on Sunday, a result that sent both clubs down to the Championship.
Junior Hoilett made a brief appearance late in the game, subbing on with 22 minutes left for QPR. However, his presence failed to spark the London club's attack, echoing Hoilett's disappointing season.
Jackson not in 18 for Norwich
Also having a disappointing campaign in the Premier League is Simeon Jackson, who was left off Norwich City's game day squad for Saturday's 1-0 loss at Stoke.
Fortunately for Norwich, the club is six points ahead of the relegation zone.
10-man Burnley holds off Wolves
In the English second tier, David Edgar played the full match for Burnley as the club earned a 2-1 road win at Wolverhampton.
Burnley was reduced to ten men in the 64th minute, which led to an inevitable goal by the hosts just before the final whistle. However, Burnley was able to minimize the late-game charge and protect its lead, moving up to 58 points in the process.
Hume, Doncaster wrap up League One title
Iain Hume was in the starting lineup and played 76 minutes as Doncaster Rovers defeated home side Brentford 1-0. The win sealed the English League One title for Rovers, and with it a move up to the Championship.
Haber features in Stevenage finale
Marcus Haber played the full 90 minutes for Stevenage as the club fell 2-0 to visiting MK Dons on the final matchday of the League One campaign.
Stevenage ends the season in 18th place, while Haber finishes with seven goals in 42 total appearances (33 starts).
Ross County wins with Hainault in tow
Across the border in Scotland, André Hainault made just his second start for Ross County since joining the club in Jaunary, and the defender earned rave reviews as he helped his side earn a 1-0 victory over Dundee United on Friday.
Ross County is currently two points out of a Europa League berth.
Ricketts gets half in Norway
In Eliteserien action, Tosaint Ricketts started and played the first 45 minutes for Sandnes Ulf in a 1-0 victory at Rosenborg.
The win boosts Sandnes Ulf up to tenth in the standings, although the Norwegian top flight is still in early days.
Vålerenga wins with Hirschfeld on the bench
Elsewhere in Norway, Lars Hirschfeld continued in his new role as backup for Vålerenga as the club bested Aalesund by a 2-1 scoreline.
The 34-year-old Canadian goalkeeper will remain as the club's No.2 for the foreseeable future.
Stama takes the reins in Sweden
One goalkeeper earning playing time in northern Europe this past weekend was Kenny Stamatopoulos, who stepped in between the posts for AIK in a wild 3-3 draw versus Halmstad BK.
Stamatopoulos had been serving as a backup, but an injury to AIK's No.1 will likely see the 33-year-old getting more action in the near future.
AIK is 11th in the Allsvenskan after six rounds of play.
Cavallini goes 90
On the other side of the globe, youngster Lucas Cavallini played the full match for Juventud de Las Piedras, which prevailed 3-2 over Cerro Largo in the Uruguayan Primera Division.
The result allowed Juventud to leapfrog its opponent on the table, as Cavallini's side now sits in 11th.