Aussies Abroad: A return to action throughout Europe

The first weekend of 2021 saw our Socceroos and U-23's return to action in some important contests. 

Unfortunately for their many of their clubs, results-wise it was a round to forget. 

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Starting in Scotland, Tom Rogic was subbed on in the  84th minute as Celtic suffered a 1-0 defeat to Rangers, who extended their lead at the summit to 19 points. 

Martin Boyle's Hibernian did not fare any better as the Socceroos forward played 90 minutes in a 3-0 defeat to Livingston. 

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Martin Boyle's Hibs are currently fourth in the Scottish Premiership

Over in the English Championship, Harry Souttar played another full game for Stoke City and was booked in the 94th minute as his side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth. 

Riley McGree made his first Birmingham City appearance since December 1st, starting and playing 70 minutes as the Blues were beaten 2-0 by Blackburn Rovers.  

In League One, Kenny Dougall played 90 minutes in Blackpool's 2-1 loss to Bristol Rovers while Sunderland's Bailey Wright kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Northampton Town. 

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Bailey Wright's Sunderland are 11th in League One

The German Bundesliga returned to action as Eintracht Frankfurt upset second-placed Bayer Leverkusen 2-1, with Aussie Ajdin Hrustic an unused substitute. 

In Saudi Arabia, Mitchell Duke was introduced in the 78th minute of Al-Taawoun’s impressive 3-0 away win over high-flying Al Ahli.