Aussies abroad: Burns on target, Sainsbury wins

Socceroo attacker Nathan Burns is warming up nicely for this month’s vital FIFA World Cup qualifiers, scoring for his club side FC Tokyo overnight.

Burns sparked his side’s come-from-behind 3-1 win over Binh Duong in the AFC Champions League with an excellent equaliser just after half-time.

A cross from the left was nodded down into Burns path and he allowed the ball to bounce before volleying it past the keeper from close range.

It was an important goal and win for the J-League club after they lost their opening group game last week.

Australian defender Trent Sainsbury’s Jiangsu Suning are in the same ACL group and held on for a 3-2 win over Jeonbuk Motors.

Sainsbury played a full game for the Chinese club, while fellow Aussie Erik Paartalu came off the bench midway through the second half for Jeonbuk.

In Europe, Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak got through 90 minutes as Crystal Palace drew 2-2 at Sunderland in the EPL this morning.

North of the border and midfielder Jackson Irvine helped Ross County to a 2-0 win at Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership.

Attacker Mathew Leckie also played a full match in Germany as his side fought at a 1-1 draw with FC Koln in the Bundesliga.

Socceroos flyer Mat Leckie on the ball for FC Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga.

In League One, Left-back James Meredith got through a full match as Bradford City lost 2-1 against Colchester, while Bradden Inman also played 90 as Crewe drew 1-1 at Southend United.

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff was also in action as his Burton Albion pulled off a massive 1-0 away win against Sheffield United, while in League Two Alex Cisak’s Leyton Orient drew 2-2 with Carlisle United.

Young attacker Chris Ikonomidis played the last 20 minutes for Salernitana, who drew 2-2 with Virtus Entella in Serie B, while ex-Mariner midfielder Anthony Kalik came off the bench midway through the second half for Hajduk Split in Croatia.