Aussies Abroad: Jeggo's side held, Nabbout falls short

James Jeggo’s Austria Vienna kept themselves in the hunt for a place in the Europa League playoffs with a 2-2 home draw against SKN St. Poelten.

Brazilian striker Luan opened the scoring for the fifth-placed visitors on 57 minutes. Alon Turgeman hit back for the sixth-placed side two minutes later and then the Israeli forward fired the Violets into the lead on 70 minutes.

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Caltex Socceroo Jeggo was replaced by coach Thomas Letsch on 75 minutes, before midfielder Michael Ambichi grabbed an equaliser for St. Poelten two minutes later to seal a share of the points in the Austrian Bundesliga.

The two teams face off again, this time in St. Poelten, on Sunday in the race for a Europa League spot.

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, Alex Gersbach played 90 minutes as already-relegated NAC Breda lost 4-0 at home to third-placed Feyenoord.

Jeremiah St Juste and Dylan Vente were on target in the first half and Jens Toornstra added a double after the interval for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side, who will play in the Europa League next season. Ruud Brood’s Breda remain bottom of the Eredivisie with two matches left to play. 

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Andrew Nabbout's Urawa Red Diamonds can still qualify from their AFC Champions League group
Andrew Nabbout's Urawa Red Diamonds can still qualify from their AFC Champions League group

Andrew Nabbout came on as a substitute but it was not enough to save Urawa Red Diamonds from slipping to a 2-1 defeat against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the AFC Champions League. 

Brazilian winger Ricardo Lopes put the Korea Republic side ahead on 12 minutes and Kim Shin-wook doubled the hosts’ advantage on 48 minutes. 

Shinzo Koroki pulled a goal back for the Japanese outfit on 58 minutes before Nabbout was introduced for Yuki Muto on 64 minutes.

The 26-year-old was unable to save the day at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium as the Reds fell three points behind second-placed Beijing Guoan, who beat Buriram United of Thailand 2-0. Two games remain for each team in Group G.

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Goalkeeper Mitch Langerak is still recovering from a concussion suffered two weeks ago, but saw his Nagoya Grampus side come back with ten men to draw 2-2 at Oita Trinita in Group C of the J.League Cup. 

Takashi Kanai’s opener was cancelled out by Kazushi Mitsuhira and Yusuke Goto put the home side ahead. Kazuhiko Chiba was dismissed on 53 minutes but Shuhei Akasaki’s 83rd-minute strike sealed a point for third-placed Nagoya.

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