Mat Ryan became the first Australian goalkeeper to play in Spain’s La Liga while Massimo Luongo’s QPR and Tom Rogic’s Celtic enjoyed impressive victories overnight.
Ryan backed up his impressive performance mid-week against Monaco with a clean-sheet as Valencia were held to a 0-0 draw away to Rayo Vallecano on the opening day of La Liga.
In Scotland, Tom Rogic was a standout as Celtic downed Ryan McGowan’s Dundee United 3-1, with the playmaker named player of the match on the Bhoys’ official website.
Jackson Irvine played a full match as Ross County thrashed Kilmarnock 4-0, while Scott McDonald’s Motherwell were downed 2-1 by St Johnstone.
In the Premier League, Mile Jedinak replaced Yohan Cabaye in the 82nd minute as Crystal Palace downed Aston Villa 2-1, while Adam Federici was an unused substitute in AFC Bournemouth’s thrilling 4-3 win over West Ham.
Massimo Luongo set up a goal as Queens Park Rangers defeated Rotherham United 4-2 in the Championship.
Bailey Wright played 90 minutes but was unable to prevent Preston North End’s 2-1 loss at home to Ipswich Town.
Jason Davidson played a full match as Huddersfield Town secured a 1-1 draw away to Fulham FC. Adam Taggart wasn’t in the squad for the Cottagers.
In League one, James Meredith played 90 minutes as Bradford City played out a 0-0 draw away to Barnsley FC.
Shane Cansdell-Sherriff also played a full match as Burton Albion overcame Peterborough United 2-1 at home.
Fresh from his call-up to the Socceroos, shot-stopper Alex Cisak helped Leyton Orient to a thrilling 3-2 win away to Newport County in League Two.
In Germany, Robbie Kruse’s comeback from injury continued with the Socceroos attacker coming on for the final 15 minutes as Bayer Leverkusen defeated Hannover 96 1-0.
James Holland played a full match for MSV Duisburg but it wasn’t enough as they succumbed to a 2-0 loss away to Karlsruher SC.
In Holland, Rostyn Griffiths played 90 minutes as Roda JC downed De Graafschap 1-0. Daniel De Silva and Tomi Juric were not included in the matchday squad.
Nathan Burns played 72 minutes as FC Tokyo secured a 0-0 draw away to Nagoya Grampus in the J-League, while Mitch Duke’s Shimizu S-Pulse suffered a 1-0 loss to Gamba Osaka.
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