Aussies Abroad: Behich survives the drop in Turkey

The weekend's Aussies Abroad action saw Socceroos fullback Aziz Behich's Kayserispor survive the drop by the narrowest margins as the Turkish SuperLig season came to a close. 

There was a massive sigh of relief for Behich and his Kayserispor as they confirmed their survival on Saturday.

The Socceroos defender put in a full shift for his side as they went down 2-1 to Fenerbahce, who fired in two goals in stoppage time to reverse the scoreline in their favour.

However, the defeat did not affect Kayserispor’s league standing who finished the season in 17th after their relegation rivals, Ankaragucu, dropped down a division after they lost their must-win encounter against Alanyaspor.


Behich will depart his loan club on positive terms, returning to Istanbul Basaksehir in the coming weeks.

Jackson Irvine played the final 20 minutes while Martin Boyle was an unused substitute for Hibernian as they rounded out their Scottish Premiership campaign with a 0-0 stalemate against Celtic on Saturday.

The match saw the Aussie duo enjoy a well-earned rest after Hibs had already tied up third position thanks to their midweek victory against Aberdeen.

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Their sights will now be set on their Scottish Cup final next weekend where they will be going head to head against St. Johnstone.

In the J.League, Mitch Langerak was between the sticks for Nagoya Grampus as they comfortably saw off Shimizu S-Pulse 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.

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A routine victory and a 12th clean sheet of the campaign for the Aussie shot stopper was the perfect way to respond after their midweek defeat to Kashima.

Heading to the Bundesliga where Ajdin Hrustic entered the action in the 64th minute for Eintracht Frankfurt as they went down 4-3 to bottom of the table Schalke on Saturday.

The surprise defeat places their UEFA Champions League aspirations in jeopardy as they sit one place out of the qualification spots ahead of the final matchday next weekend.

Mathew Leckie played his first full game of the season for Hertha Berlin as they shared the points in a 0-0 draw with Koln.

In Bundesliga 2., Brandon Borello was substituted on with 20 minutes remaining in Fortuna Dusseldorf's 3-0 victory over Erzgeberge Aue.

In Serbia, Milos Degenek put in a full shift in the heart of defence for Crvena Zvezda as they put five unanswered goals past Backa Backa Palanka on Friday night.

They finish their season at home to Metalac on Wednesday prior to their Cup showdown with rivals Partizan Belgrade a week later.

Finally in Denmark, two Aussies featured as AGF Aarhus defeated Nordsjaelland 3-1, with Zach Duncan and Daniel Arzani both introduced off the bench.