Two English giants stood in the way of our Caltex Socceroos in the UEFA Champions League this morning.
Milos Degenek faced one of European football's elite strike forces in a clash with Liverpool at Anfield, while Aziz Behich and Trent Sainsbury’s PSV Eindhoven mustered a bout of late drama to hold Tottenham Hotspur.
Meanwhile, yesterday morning, an Australian player laid down a statement of intent in Scotland. It’s all here in Aussies Abroad!
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Luuk de Jong sparked new life into PSV Eindhoven’s European campaign, as the Dutchman struck a late equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
Caltex Socceroos defenders Trent Sainsbury and Aziz Behich were unused substitutes as PSV registered their first point of this season’s competition - moving them level with Spurs in Group B.
Rising star Hirving Lozano opened the scoring before Lucas Moura and Harry Kane put the visitors 2-1 up.
However, Spurs were reduced to 10 players following Hugo Lloris’ dismissal, leaving de Jong to poke in poacher’s effort on the cusp of stoppage time.
Elsewhere, a brace from Mohamed Salah and goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane saw Liverpool defeat Milos Degenek’s Red Star Belgrade 4-0.
Degenek played the full match for the Serbian champions, who remain on one point in Group C.
SCOTLAND: Bozanic snatches a beauty
Oliver Bozanic has found first team minutes hard to come by since joining Heart of Midlothian.
But after a man of the match performance against Aberdeen on the weekend, the Australian midfielder issued another statement to manager Craig Levein with a magnificent free kick in Hearts’ 3-0 victory over Dundee yesterday morning.
WATCH BOZANIC'S FIRST GOAL FOR HEARTS IN THE HIGHLIGHTS BELOW
Bozanic went on to complete his second full 90-minute league performance for Hearts after his debut goal, as the Edinburgh club pushed six points clear of Celtic and Kilmarnock at the top. Teammate Ben Garuccio came on in the 73rd minute.
ENGLAND: Luongo, Queens Park Rangers continue revival
Queens Park Rangers' Championship renaissance continues and Caltex Socceroo Massimo Luongo is right at the forefront.
Luongo played the full 90 minutes in the Londoners’ 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday yesterday morning and was involved in the opening goal for Tomer Hemed. Rangers are now up to 13th in the table.
James Meredith played the first half of Millwall’s 2-1 defeat of Wigan yesterday morning, while Mile Jedinak was an unused substitute for Aston Villa in their 2-1 loss to Norwich.
In yesterday’s League One fixtures, Kenny Dougall was withdrawn through injury early on in Barnsley’s 3-1 loss to Shrewsbury Town and Ryan McGowan played a full match in Bradford City’s 4-2 loss to Coventry.
There was disappointment for Jackson Irvine this morning. The Australian midfielder played the full match for Hull City as the Tigers went down 1-0 to Bristol City thanks to an injury-time winner.
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The Socceroos made it back-to-back wins at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™ after their thrilling 3-2 win over Syria in Al Ain on Wednesday morning (AEDT). Tom Rogic scored a stoppage-time winner to ensure second spot in Group B for Graham Arnold’s side, after earlier goals f