Aussies abroad: Ryan, Luongo star, Cahill's Cup thriller

Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan had an impressive performance for Valencia in a 3-1 UEFA Champions League qualifying playoff victory at home to Monaco, while QPR's Massimo Luongo caught the eye and Tim Cahill had Chinese Cup success.

Los Che now have a strong chance of reaching the 2015-16 group stage after the Australia international denied Monaco's Bernardo Silva and Mario Pasalic with fantastic saves, impressing Socceroos team-mate Trent Sainsbury in particular. 

Valencia added a third goal late on as they secured a convincing win. Algeria international Sofiane Feghouli put the Spanish side in control of the tie when he found the net from close range with just four minutes left.

Earlier, Rodrigo de Paul and Daniel Parejo netted for the hosts, with Mario Pasalic replying for the Ligue 1 side early in the second half.

Also in Champions League playoff first-leg action, Tom Rogic – recalled to the latest Socceroos squad by Ange Postecoglou – was an unused substitute as Celtic defeated Malmo 3-2 at home.

A night earlier, Robbie Kruse came on in the 93rd minute of Bayer Leverkusen's 1-0 loss away to Lazio, while Club Brugge – without injured Socceroo forward Bernie Ibini – lost 3-1 at Manchester United.

In the Championship on Wednesday, Massimo Luongo capped an impressive performance by setting up the winning goal in Queens Park Rangers' 3-2 victory away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

A day earlier Bailey Wright played the full game and Neil Kilkenny came on in the 71st minute as Preston North End drew 0-0 away to Rotherham United.

Jason Davidson also completed 90 minutes for Huddersfield Town, who drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion.

A tier below in League One, James Meredith and newcomer Brad Jones were both unused substitutes in Bradford City's 2-1 loss at home to Gillingham.

Down in League Two, Alex Cisak celebrated his Socceroos call-up by keeping a clean sheet in Leyton Orient's 3-0 win at home to Stevenage Borough.

In China on Wednesday, Tim Cahill helped Shanghai Shenhua defeat cross-city rivals Shanghai SIPG 5-4 on penalties following a thrilling 3-3 derby draw in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Alex Wilkinson was also in mid-week action, helping Jeonbuk Motors to record a 2-1 victory at home to Jeonnam in the K-League Classic.