It was a positive week for our Aussies Abroad with many coming face to face in the bright lights of Europe and the UK. Oliver Bozanic is in the middle of a relegation scrap while four Socceroos are shaping up for a title fight.
In the UEFA Champions League Milos Degenek's Red Star Belgrade were knocked out after a 1-0 loss to Olympiacos with the Aussie playing 90 minutes. They finished last in the group.
Scenes in Athens! 🔴— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) December 12, 2019
A late, late winner from the penalty spot qualifies Olympiakos for the #EuropaLeague Round of 32!
Heartbreak for Milos Degenek's Crvena zvezda 💔#OptusSport #UCL pic.twitter.com/2aEYUYgf4R
In the UEFA Europa League James Holland played 90 minutes as LASK finished top of the group after a 3-0 win over Sporting Lisbon. Aziz Behich was unused for Basaksehir as they beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1, topping their group as well.
In the German Bundesliga Mathew Leckie and Brandon Borrello's clubs faced off, but the match lacked any Australian flavour. Leckie was absent due to injury for Hertha Berlin who defeated Freiburg 1-0 with Borrello on the bench.
Joshua Laws was on the bench for Fortuna Dusseldorf II as they lost 3-2 to Alemannia Aachen.
In Denmark a quartet of Aussies faced off against each other. Awer Mabil scored his fifth of the season for FC Midtjylland but the home side were shocked by AGF, losing 3-1 at home. Mustafa Amini and Zach Duncan played 90 minutes while Alex Gersbach was absent.
In Austria Jimmy Jeggo was a 68th minute substitute for Austria Wien in a 1-1 draw with Wolfsberg. James Holland was rested for LASK in their 3-3 draw at home to Sturm Graz.
In the Netherlands Ajdin Hrustic played 90 minutes for FC Groningen as they drew 1-1 away from home to Ado Den Haag. Dylan Ryan meanwhile was an unused sub as Willem II recorded a 2-1 in away to Heerenveen.
In the Dutch second division Declan Lambert played 13 minutes off the bench while Ryan Lambert was absent as Den Bosch beat NAC Breda 2-1. Daniel Bouman was an unused sub for SC Cambuur in their 4-2 win away to FC Dordrecht.
In Croatia Fran Karacic was absent from NK Lokomotiv Zagreb's 1-0 derby loss to Dinamo Zagreb Anthony Kalik was unused for Hajduk Split in a 2-1 win at home to Istra 1961.
In Portugal Anthony Carter stole the show with a brace for Academico Viseu as they beat Cove Piedade 4-1.
In Serbia Milos Degenek came on for 10 minutes in Red Star's 3-1 win at home to Cukaricki.
In Israel Trent Sainsbury and Nikita Rukavytsya both played 90 minutes as Maccabi Haifa drew 0-0 with Hapoel Raanana. They remain three points behind Maccabi Tel Aviv in the race for the title.