Aussies abroad: Smith starts for Liverpool in EPL

A couple of key Caltex Socceroos were in action in the English Premier League including a starting XI spot for defender Brad Smith as Liverpool won again.


Smith was in a fresh Liverpool line-up that notched their third win in the space of a week, accounting for AFC Bournemouth 2-1 at Vitality Stadium.

The 22-year-old was lively at left-back for the 90 minutes although was lucky not to have been judged to have hand balled in the box in the closing stages.

The Reds moved up to eighth on the EPL ladder still with a game in hand on their rivals. 

They have drawn Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals following last week's epic comeback win against Borussia Dortmund. 

Meanwhile, Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak came off at half-time as Crystal Palace held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League.

And playmaker Tom Rogic saved Celtic from elimination in extra time in the Scottish Cup, scoring in the 106th minute to make it 2-2 before missing a decisive penalty in the shootout.

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Brad Jones played a full match in goal for NEC Nijmegen as they won their third straight home game in the Eredivisie 2-1 over SC Cambuur.

In Turkey, Aziz Behich completed a full shift but couldn't stop his Bursaspor from losing 2-0 to Akhisa Belediyespor.

Anthony Kalik was substituted in the 59th minute as Hajduk Split were held to a scoreless draw by Slaven Belupo in Croatia, while Brent McGrath played a full game in the Danish second tier as his Fredericia lost 3-0 to HB Koge.


Socceroos Matt Spiranovic and Tim Cahill both started in Hangzhou Greentown's 3-0 loss to Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League.

Spiranovic completed the full 90 minutes, while Cahill was taken off with 24 minutes remaining.

Meanwhile in the Hong Kong FA Cup quarter-finals, Jared Lum couldn't stop Kitchee's elimination, with the midfielder coming off in the 83rd minute in a 2-1 loss to Southern District.