As football leagues the world over gear up for the opening of their seasons, there were loads of Aussies in action over the weekend.
As football leagues the world over gear up for the opening of their seasons, there were loads of Aussies in overnight action. Here-s our wrap of how our Aussies abroad have performed for their overseas clubs.
Socceroos Mark Schwarzer-s hopes of displacing Petr Cech as the No.1 goalkeeper at Chelsea have taken a hit, after he conceded an embarrassing goal that gifted Roma the lead in the Blues final pre-season match. Schwarzer failed to control a back pass, which skewed off his boot and onto the post to allow Roma to easily open the scoring. Fortunately for Schwarzer, Chelsea went on to win the game in Washington D.C. 2-1 but the incident doesn't bode well for Schwarzer-s bid for game time with his new club.
A player that will seemingly challenge Schwarzer for the No.1 Socceroos jersey for the World Cup in Brazil, Mitch Langerak, had more success overnight. The former Melbourne Victory keeper played a full game and kept a clean sheet for Borussia Dortmund, as his side swept to a 4-0 win over FC Augsburg on the opening day of the Bundesliga. The Aussie was largely untroubled throughout the contest but the fact he has started the first game of the season is an exciting development, having spent the majority of last season, including the UEFA Champions League final on the bench.
Jackson Irvine played a full game for Celtic in central midfield as his side defeated Liverpool 1-0 in a friendly in Dublin. Compatriot Tom Rogic was not in the Scottish champion-s squad, while Brad Jones was an unused substitute for Liverpool. Irvine has been linked with a move to Kilmarnock recently with their Manager Allan Johnstone this week stating “"Jackson Irvine is definitely one we are interested in but nothing has been sorted out yet.”
Mile Jedinak started in Crystal Palace-s club friendly with Lazio, which they lost 1-0. Jedinak played 69-minutes as he tries to recapture the form that helped promote the Eagles to the English Premier League since returning from injury. Crystal Palace host Tottenham in their return to the English top-flight and the 29-year-old could be the only Aussie to get a start in the opening round of the EPL next weekend.
Millwall defender Shane Lowry was unfortunate to score an own-goal, which gave Ipswich Town the lead in their second matchday clash in the English Championship. Scott McDonald entered the fray in the 72nd minute but was unable to pull a goal back for his new club, who eventually succumbed to a 3-0 away defeat.
Rhys Williams faired a little better, managing to keep a clean sheet in Middlesbrough-s 1-0 win against Charlton Athletic. The defender picked up a yellow card and was substituted with three minutes remaining as his side picked up their first points of the new Championship season.
Josh Kennedy has continued his strong goal scoring form for Nagoya Grampus, netting just after the hour mark in his side-s 2-0 win over the Urawa Red Diamonds in the J-League. The Aussie talisman has now notched five goals from his last five games to help his Japan side move up to ninth in the league.
Elsewhere in Asia, Alex Wilkinson played a full match and also found his name on the scoresheet in Jeonbuk-s 2-2 draw with league leaders Ulsan Hyundai in the K-League. The defender scored just before the break to give his side a 2-0 advantage but they were pegged back in the second half to remain third.