Socceroos Watch: Trent Sainsbury's nightmare Champions League debut

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It was a night to forget for the Australian defender

As fellow Socceroos defender Milos Degenek oversaw his side's stunning victory over Liverpool, Trent Sainsbury's first taste of Champions League football wasn't quite so palatable.

Brought on as a substitute for PSV in the 82nd minute after Harry Kane had equalised for Tottenham, the Australian was left helpless in the 89th minute with a Kane header hitting his leg to leave Jeroen Zoet stranded in goal.

That moment would prove decisive as Spurs held on for a crucial three points which all but ends PSV's hopes of progression to the knockout stages.

Sainsbury admitting post-match that it's a game he'll always have very mixed feelings about.

"Bitter sweet, my first game in the Champions League and then double deflection it goes in last minute off me for the winner," Sainsbury told Optus Sport.

"I'll give the old Balotelli line, 'Why me?'"

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Fellow Australian Aziz Behich was an unused sub on the night with both he and Sainsbury still working to earn their place in the starting side after off-season moves to the Dutch champions.

While European success has so far escaped PSV, they are flying in the Eredivisie and currently sit five points clear at the top of the table.

Sainsbury's early time with the club has also had its highlights with the Socceroo scoring in a Cup win against Excelsior in September.

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