Aussies Abroad: Taggart and Boyle score, Wright advances & Vukovic debuts

It has been a busy few days of midweek football throughout Europe and Asia, with a handful of Socceroos in the thick of the action involving their clubs. 

Catch up on the latest action in a special midweek edition of our Aussies Abroad wrap! 

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Starting in Japan, Adam Taggart netted his third goal for Cerezo Osaka in a 3-0 win over Nagoya Grampus. 

The Socceroos striker tucked one past fellow Aussie Mitch Langerak in the Nagoya net, capping off a victory that ensured his side advanced to the Emperor Cup semi-finals. 

The win extended Cerezo's unbeaten run to four games, and will give Taggart and his teammates plenty of confidence as they prepare to meet the same opponents in two days' time - with the stakes even higher. 

This coming Saturday, at 3:05pm AEDT, it will be Cerezo Osaka v Nagoya Grampus again, this time in the League Cup Final. 

The matchup means come Saturday night, one Aussie - either Taggart or Langerak - will be lifting silverware in Japan.  

Moving over to Scotland, two more Aussies went head-to-head this morning as Martin Boyle's Hibernian hosted Tom Rogic's Celtic. 

It was a day of mixed fortunes for both, with Boyle finding the back of the net in what would eventually be a 3-1 defeat, while Rogic put in an outstanding shift early before being withdrawn late in the first half after picking up a knock. 

The result sees Ange Postecoglou's side move within two points of Rangers at the summit of the Scottish Premiership, while after a bright start to the campaign Hibs slumped to their fourth-straight defeat. 

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Tom Rogic impressed again for Celtic, but unfortunately his night was cut short

Elsewhere in midweek English League Cup action, Bailey Wright played 90 minutes as League One outfit Sunderland overcame Championship club QPR 3-1 on penalties after playing out a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road. 

Results elsewhere meant the Black Cats will be the only non-Premier League club in the quarter-finals, with Wright set to find out on Saturday which of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, West Ham, Brentford or Leicester he will come up against. 

Harry Souttar's Stoke City were one of the clubs eliminated, as the Socceroos centre-half started in the Potters' 2-1 defeat to Brentford. 

He's been made to wait, but Danny Vukovic has finally played his first competitive minutes in Dutch football, keeping a clean sheet as NEC Nijmegen defeated Capelle 3-0 to advance in the KNVB Cup. 

There was also a successful midweek match for Jackson Irvine in Germany, as FC St. Pauli defeated Dynamo Dresden 3-2 after extra time to reach the third round of the DFB Pokal.

Finally in Belgium, Socceroos duo Trent Sainsbury and Daniel Arzani played full matches for their clubs Kortrijk and Lommel, as both advanced through to the Round of 16 after winning penalty shootouts.