Aussies Abroad: Nabbout makes his J-League debut

Caltex Socceroos attacker Andrew Nabbout as made his debut for Urawa Reds in the J-League.

The ex-Newcastle Jets star come on for the last 20 minutes as his new club lost 2-1 to Jubilo Iwata.

Despite taking an eighth-minute lead through Shinzo Koroki, the Reds conceded late in each half to go down for their third defeat in the opening five games of the campaign.

One of the strongest clubs in Japan, Urawa is still searching for their first win of the new season.

With his first minutes under his belt, Nabbout will now hope to force his way into the starting XI as he looks to stake his claim for a spot in Bert van Marwijk’s squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Nabbout joined the J-League giants last month after an incredible run of form with the Hunter club, which also earned the 25-year-old his first Caltex Socceroos caps in the recent friendlies against Norway and Colombia.

Elsewhere, Robbie Kruse continued his excellent form in Germany’s second tier, with his Bochum too good for Eintracht Braunschweiger winning 2-0.

Kruse played 75 minutes for the hosts, who moved up to eighth spot on the 2.Bundesliga ladder with the convincing win.

Robbie Kruse
Robbie Kruse

In the Netherlands, Brad Jones celebrated his recent outing with the Caltex Socceroos with a big win for Feyenoord in the Eredivisie overnight.

Jones had little to do as the champions crushed Excelsior 5-0 in Rotterdam.

But there was disappointment for fellow Aussie Ajdin Hrustic, who played 88 minutes as his FC Groningen were edged out 2-1 by high-flying Ajax.