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The Premier League and Bundesliga are rounding to a close without a Canadian international in sight. Goal recaps that plus more Canadians Abroad weekend action.

Jackson benched as Norwich explodes

Striker Simeon Jackson remained on the bench as Norwich City put four goals past West Bromwich Albion in a 4-0 rout on Sunday at Carrow Road.

The big win assures the Canaries of another year of Premier League football, although the danger of relegation was very slim heading into the match.

Regardless, Jackson once again found himself a bit player with the Norwich side, and whispers of him moving to another team next season continue to grow louder.

Hoilett starts in QPR defeat

Though not a Canadian international, Junior Hoilett remains eligible for his birth nation and he was the lone flag bearer for the Maple Leaf in a top European league this weekend.

The 22-year-old started and played 84 minutes as his Queens Park Rangers fell 2-1 to visiting Newcastle United.

Already relegated from the EPL, QPR is simply playing out the string until it rejoins the Championship this summer. Whether Hoilett will still be an R's player at that point remains to be seen.

Ross County's European dream dead

Next door in Scotland, André Hainault went 90 minutes at centre back for Ross County in a 2-0 loss at Motherwell on Sunday. The result sees Ross County officially eliminated from contention for a Europa League berth, as the club can no longer catch third-place Inverness.

Regardless, the end of the season has been good for Hainault, as he finally forced his way into the SPL side after joining as a high profile signing back in January.

Stamatopoulos, AIK fail midtable test

Elsewhere in Northern Europe, goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos was between the posts for AIK in a 2-1 loss at Kalmar in Swedish Allsvenskan action.

AIK could have surpassed Kalmar in the standings with a victory.

Hirschfeld in reserve in Norway

Another Canadian goalkeeper in Scandinavia didn't get to play, as veteran Lars Hirschfeld acted as backup for Vålerenga in a 1-0 loss at Haugesund.

A poor start sees Vålerenga near the bottom of the Eliteserien after nine matches.

Ricketts makes cameo

Also in the Eliteserien, striker Tosaint Ricketts was a late-game entrant for Sandnes Ulf, subbing in at the 89th minute as his team played to a scoreless draw with FK Molde.

Sandnes Ulf is also off to a slow start, sitting in 14th place in the 16-team league.

Thompson's Mariehamn routed in Finland

Roger Thompson played 90 minutes and picked up a 66th minute yellow card as his club IFK Mariehamn was brushed aside 4-0 by visiting MyPa in Finland's Veikkausliiga over the weekend.

Mariehamn is in fifth after six rounds of play.

Jonke goes 90 for 10-man Jaro

Frank Jonke also saw action in Finland's top tier on Sunday, playing the full match as Jaro fought to a 2-2 draw with Honka.

Jaro had been reduced to 10 men at the 70th minute, but the club managed to hold on for the final 20 minutes for the draw.

De Jong a spectator as Augsburg slips

Down in Germany, left back Marcel de Jong watched from the bench as his side FC Augsburg was easily handled 3-0 by Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich.

Augsburg remains in the relegation playoff position with just one match remaining.

Occean an unused sub by Eintracht

Eintracht Frankfurt maintained its tenuous hold on Germany's final European berth with a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen over the weekend.

The deadlock - during which Canadian striker Olivier Occean was nailed to the bench - allowed Eintracht to stay in sixth place and hold on to the Bundesliga's last Europa League spot for the time being.

McKenna, Köln lose out on promotion

Down a rung in the 2. Bundesliga, FC Köln's slim hopes of climbing up to the top division have been officially snuffed out.

Kevin McKenna started and played 90 minutes for Köln in a 2-1 loss to already promoted Hertha BSC on Sunday, hastening the end to Köln's promotion dream.

Edwini-Bonsu nowhere to be found in Braunschweig loss

Having already earned a ticket into the Bundesliga, Eintracht Braunschweig fielded some fringe players on Sunday and got hammered 5-1 at FC St. Pauli.

More disheartening than the result is the fact that young Canadian Randy Edwini-Bonsu was not even in the 18-man Braunschweig roster despite not having seen much playing time throughout the season. His absence will only serve to amplify talk that the youngster is on his way out of the club.

Friend plays 90 minutes in 1860 defeat

One Canuck attacker that did see the field in Germany's second division over the weekend was Rob Friend, who put in a 90 minute shift for 1860 Munich in a 2-0 loss at SC Paderborn.

1860 found itself down a man after a player was shown a second yellow in the 58th minute, and the advantage proved too difficult to overcome for Friend and Co.

De Guzman a full participant in Regensburg

SSV Jahn Regensburg has known that it would be relegated from the 2. Bundesligsa to the 3. Liga for weeks, and the news continued to be negative as the club fell to its fourth consecutive loss with a 3-1 defeat to Kaiserslautern on Sunday.

Julian de Guzman started and played the entire match for Jahn Regensburg.

Hutchinson features in PSV finale

Over in the Netherlands, Atiba Hutchinson played what could be his final match for PSV Eindhoven on the weekend, as the club fell 3-1 to FC Twente to close out the 2012-13 Eredivisie campaign.

The loss followed a midweek defeat in the KNVB Beker final, giving PSV a sombre ending to an otherwise positive season in which the club qualified for the Champions League.

As for Hutchinson, it remains to be seen whether he will return to the Philips Stadion, as he is out of contract and is said looking for a move to an English side.

Nakajima-Farran scores in Alki loss

In Cyprus, Issey Nakajima-Farran scored the game's opening goal but his club Alki couldn't hold on to the lead as it fell 2-1 to Ethnikos Achna on Saturday.

Despite the result, Alki is assured of another season in the 1. Division as it is four points up on the bottom side with just one match to play in the relegation round.

Cavallini, Juventud earn big win in Uruguay

Lucas Cavallini started and played the first 64 minutes as he helped Juventus de Las Piedras pull off a big victory ovder Club Nacional in the Primera Division on Sunday night.

Juventud is in eighth on the Clausura table.



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