German Cup success for Caltex Socceroo strikers

Mathew Leckie and Robbie Kruse both advanced in the DFB Pokal on Sunday, while it was also an impressive day for Australians in the Eredivisie.

Leckie played a full 120 minutes and converted a penalty as Ingolstadt edged past second-tier club Erzgebirge Aue 8-7 in a penalty shootout after the match finished scoreless following extra time.

In the opening competitive match of Ingolstadt's season, Leckie lined up on the left wing in a 4-3-3 formation and kept his cool with his team's third spot-kick as the Bavaria-based club advanced to the second round of Germany's cup competition.

Elsewhere, Kruse came on in the 89th minute as Bayer Leverkusen won 2-1 at fourth-tier club Hauenstein.

Robbie Kruse

In Netherlands, Brad Jones continued his perfect start to the league season, notching his third consecutive clean sheet as Feyenoord won 1-0 at Heracles to retain top spot in the table.

Jones has yet to concede in the Eredivisie since joining Feyenoord in pre-season.

Socceroos left-back Jason Davidson made his debut for FC Groningen after joining the cellar-dwellers last week, and the 25-year-old completed a full shift and set up his new team's second goal as they lost 4-3 to FC Twente.


Tough to lose that way today. 3-0 down, then for all the boys to show so much character and determination to get it back to 3-3 was a massive positive. We have to work hard and push onto next week. Happy to make my debut for @fcgroningen and to get an assist. Thank you to all the supporters for coming out today and getting behind the team especially in the 2nd half #Eredivisie #prideofthenorth

A photo posted by JASON DAVIDSON (@jasondavidson91) on Aug 21, 2016 at 7:51am PDT

Craig Goodwin started on the left wing and played 68 minutes as Sparta Rotterdam claimed a second straight win, edging out Go Ahead Eagles 1-0.


David Williams played a full game and scored for the fourth match in a row in Hungary as Haladas defeated Paksi 3-1.

Socceroos striker Tomi Juric completed 90 minutes in FC Luzern's 3-0 win over FC Thun in Switzerland, while Scott Jamieson put in a full shift as IFK Gothenburg lost 2-0 at Hammarby in Sweden.

In Denmark, Mustafa Amini was taken off in the 20th minute for tactical reasons following a red card to a team-mate as his AGF were crushed 7-0 at home by Brondby, while in Norway, Alex Gersbach played the last 14 minutes of Rosenborg's 1-1 draw at SK Brann.


Ryan McGowan completed 90 minutes in Henan Jianye's 1-0 victory over Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese Super League, while fellow Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury came off the bench in the 80th minutes as Jiangsu Suning won 2-1 over Beijing Guoan.

In the K League, Bruce Djite was a 64th-minute substitute as Suwon FC drew 0-0 at Gwangju.