Aussies abroad: Cup heartbreak in Europe

It was a mixed night for three Aussies who played in domestic cup finals overnight, while Socceroo star Tim Cahill's team slumped to another defeat in China.

Both Aziz Behich and James Holland were on the losing side in Turkey and Austria respectively. 

It was heartbreak for Behich as his Bursaspor side lost a thriller in Turkey to giants Galatasaray.

The Socceroo left-back played 64 minutes of his side’s 3-2 defeat, with a hat-trick to Gala’s Burak Yilmaz proving the difference.

It was a similar story for Holland’s Austria Wien who lost 2-0 to Red Bull Salzburg in the OFB Cup final in Austria.

Holland, who has been nettling a knee injury, came off the bench in the 71st minute as the two sides played out a 0-0 draw in normal time.

But Salzburg scored twice in extra-time to run-out deserving 2-0 winners in what is Holland’s last game for the Austrian club.

The Socceroo midfielder has been with Austria Wien for three-and-a-half years but announced in April he would be moving on.

Asked on the weekend where he would be playing next, Holland told reporters: "I don’t know yet, I honestly don’t, before jokingly adding: "Barcelona.”

"This isn’t goodbye, but rather until next time. You always see each other twice in life, even in football.”

But there was better news for Brett Holman in the UAE.

Brett Holman

Holman played a full match as he captained Al Nasr to a dramatic win in the President’s Cup final over Al Ahli in a penalty shootout after scores were locked at 1-1 after extra-time.

“It is fantastic and amazing. You just look back the history and we never won anything and suddenly here we are with three trophies, including the prestigious President’s Cup," he told The National newspaper. 

Elsewhere, and in domestic action Cahill’s Shanghai Shenhua slumped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat away to Changchun Yatai.

Cahill played a full match but there was little he could do as the home side emerged 3-1 winners, with Shenhua dropping to 12th in the Chinese Super League.

Meanwhile, Socceroo defender Alex Wilkinson played a full match for champions Jeonbuk Motors as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Pohang Steelers to stay top in the K-League.