Aussies Abroad: Milestone moment for Leckie in Bundesliga

Mathew Leckie has reached an impressive milestone after again featuring for Hertha Berlin as they continued their strong start to the season in the Bundesliga.

The Caltex Socceroos winger came off the bench for the last 28 minutes as Hertha drew 1-1 with Freiburg in Berlin.

Leckie’s cameo off the bench chalked up his 100th appearance in Germany’s top flight, a sensational feat for the 27-year-old flyer.

And there could have been even more reason to celebrate for Leckie and Hertha late on.

The home side were awarded a penalty with three minutes left, only for the VAR to overturn the decision, much to the frustration to the majority of the 53,000-strong crowd in the stadium.

Ondrej Duda had earlier fired the home side into a seventh-minute lead before Robin Koch equalized for Freiburg nine minutes before the break.

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Hertha remains in sixth spot on the Bundesliga table having suffered just one defeat in the opening eight rounds.

After missing the first month of the season through injury, Leckie has now been involved in Hertha’s last three matches and is close to forcing his way back into Pal Dardal’s starting side.

And it could be next weekend, with Hertha on the road against league-leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Elsewhere in Germany, fellow Aussie winger Robbie Kruse played another 90 minutes for Bochum in the 2.Bundesliga.

In a tight affair against Hamburg, neither side was able to find a breakthrough as it ended goalless, to keep Bochum in seventh spot on the ladder.

Kruse
Robbie Kruse

In Denmark, Mustafa Amini continues to impress for AGF, who drew 2-2 with AAB overnight.

AGF led twice in the match but were pegged back on both occasions to settle for a point, which sees them move to sixth spot in the Danish league.

And Alex Gersbach’s Rosenborg remain on top of the table in Norway despite being held to a 0-0 draw at Lillestrom.

Gersbach, who came off the bench for the Caltex Socceroos against Kuwait last week, watched from the bench in this one, with his side two points clear of Brann after 26 rounds.

The top two sides meet in a potential championship-deciding deciding clash next weekend.

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