Two Caltex Socceroos defenders are gearing up for two huge Cup finals in their respective leagues across two separate continents tonight (Sunday).
Trent Sainsbury’s Jiangsu Suning are contesting the Chinese FA Cup final, while youngster Alex Gersbach is hoping to be a part of history with Rosenborg in the Norwegian Cup.
For Sainsbury, it’s the first leg of a two-legged final up against giants Guangzhou Evergrande.
The final pits together the top-two sides from the recently completed Chinese Super League season, with Jiangsu finishing seven points behind champions Guangzhou.
The first leg is in Guangzhou tonight before the return clash in Jiangsu a week later.
Sainsbury has enjoyed a strong first season in China, featuring in 29 games in the league and scoring two goals.
Meanwhile, Gersbach’s Rosenborg will start as strong favourites in the Norwegian Cup final against Kongsvinger.
In a dream maiden season in Europe, Gersbach has become a regular in the Rosenborg side, which won the league title by a whopping 15 points.
The club is now hoping to complete the double for a second straight season, the first time that will have ever been achieved in Norwegian football history.
And they will be expected to do just that, with opponents Kongsvinger finishing fifth in the Norwegian first division – the second tier competition in the country.
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