There were a range of Caltex Socceroos in action across two continents, some fighting for their season and others just beginning theirs.
Mat Leckie will have to wait another week to make his return from injury as he was absent from Hertha Berlin’s gallant 1-0 defeat to Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich.
Elsewhere in Germany Robbie Kruse was also not involved as VfL Bochum succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to Holstein Kiel in the 2. Bundesliga.
Alex Gersbach got some more minutes under his belt at new club NAC Breda as he was substituted at half-time in their 0-0 draw against FC Groningen in the Eredivisie. Fellow Australian Ajdin Hrustic was an unused substitute for Groningen.
In the Premier League Aaron Mooy continued his return from injury but was unable to prevent his Huddersfield side slipping to a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United.
A red card after 20 minutes to Tommy Smith didn’t help the Terriers’ chances of moving out of the relegation zone and second half goals to Solomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez did the damage for the Tyneside club.
From Europe to Asia and J-League action kicked off on Saturday afternoon (AEDT) with two Caltex Socceroos involved.
Mitch Langerak certainly played his part despite his Nagoya Grampus side thumping Sagan Tosu 4-0, the Australian gloveman making six saves to help earn his side a resounding opening day win.
Finally, Andrew Nabbout took to the field in the 83rd minute as his Urawa Red Diamonds team played out a 0-0 draw with Vegalta Sendai.
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