Aussies Abroad: O’Neill debuts and Souttar takes on Tottenham

As we all lose track of the days in the lead up to New Year’s Eve, a scattering of Socceroos had no time for a Christmas hangover as they took to the pitch throughout Europe and Asia.

With the J.League coming to a close and the likes of the Greek Super League and Bundesliga taking a brief winter interval, a number of Aussies enjoyed some well-earned time off during the festive period.

For others, it was straight back to business on Boxing Day.

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After playing 13 league games for Korean powerhouse Pohang Steelers, Brandon O’Neill confirmed a transfer to Thai Premier League outfit Buriram United in early December.

He made his first appearance for the club on Saturday, playing 90 minutes as they enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Chonburi FC.

Buriram sit in fourth spot with 16 matches played.

Harry Souttar continued to star in the heart of defence for Stoke City as the English Championship side were knocked out of the EFL Cup Quarter Finals by Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur on Christmas Eve.

Three days later the colossal centre-half helped keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Coventry as he was nominated as Stoke's player of the year so far in the UK press. 

Martin Boyle played 90 minutes as Hibernian suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers.

The Socceroos forward so nearly inflicted an early blow to Steven Gerrard’s side inside the first minute as he stretched for an effort that narrowly evaded the back post.

Over in Belgium, Danny Vuković took to the pitch for Genk as they were held to a 1-1 stalemate by 15th-placed Waasland-Beveren.

Danny Vukovic has reclaimed Genk's number one jersey as he returned from a long-term injury in 2020.

In Turkey, Aziz Behich’s Kayserispor continue to struggle as they squandered a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 to Gençlerbirligi.

The Socceroos fullback played 90 minutes and picked up a booking midway through the second half.

Craig Goodwin played a full match for Abha as they were defeated 1-0 by Al Wahda, a side including fellow Aussie Dimi Petratos, in the Saudi Pro League. 

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Mitchell Duke started for Al-Taawoun as they were defeated by the same scoreline. 

Tom Rogic and Riley McGree were both unused substitutes for Celtic and Birmingham respectively.