While the Wanderers were losing heavily in Saitama in the ACL, there were mixed fortunes for three national team players in Japanese League Cup action overnight.
In his first club appearance since November, Nathan Burns was sacrificed early in FC Tokyo's clash with Iwata.
When Tokyo goalkeeper Takuo Okubo was sent off after 20 minutes, the Caltex Socceroos striker was replaced to allow the reserve goalkeeper to take the field.
Ten-man Tokyo went on to lose 3-1.
Burns' international team-mate Milos Degenek was an unused substitute as Yokohama F-M easily accounted for Niigata 4-1.
Meantime, Mitch Duke was unable to prevent his Shimizu side from defeat to Sendai.
The former Central Coast Mariners striker played 90 minutes in the 3-1 away loss.
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