AUSSIES ABROAD: It was a good weekend for Aussies finding the back of the net with Brett Holman, Richard Garcia, Scott McDonald and Mile Jedinak all among the scorers.
Socceroos forward Holman produced a particularly enterprising display for AZ Alkmaar in their 3-1 win over ADO Den Haag in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday, scoring a goal and providing an assist.
The Australian was busy throughout, playing in the hole between attack and midfield.
In the 30th minute, Holman was in the thick of the action playing a neat ball down the left flank for Rasmus Elm to cross for Pontus Wernbloom who fired over from the centre of the box.
On 44 minutes, AZ went ahead when Simon Poulsen worked a nice one-two with Holman before cutting the ball inside for Kolbeinn Sigthorsson to finish off.
Eight minutes into the second-half, Poulsen and Holman combined again in a carbon copy of the set-up for the opener, but this time the cut-back flashed across goal without anyone to tap it home.
But the Socceroo wouldn't be denied when he scored on 60 minutes to double AZ's advantage.
Hector Moreno set up Holman who coolly slotted a low shot past Den Haag keeper Gino Coutinho.
Den Haag pulled one back through Timothy Derijck on 67 minutes, but Holman helped settle the match on 86 minutes.
The Australia international got in behind the Den Haag defence before playing a central ball for Nick Van der Helden to easily convert to seal the win.
The result extends AZ's unbeaten run to five games and firms up their grip on fourth spot.
In England's Premier League, Brett Emerton put in a full shift for Blackburn but lacked impact as they slumped to a 2-0 loss at Tim Cahill's Everton on Saturday. Cahill was absent due to injury.
In England's Championship, Richard Garcia had to be stretchered off with a knee injury but that was after scoring in promotion-chasing Hull City's 3-1 victory over Doncaster on Saturday.
Garcia struck on nine minutes with a simple close-range finish but had to be replaced before the break with a worrying knee problem.
Elsewhere, Scott McDonald made it two goals in two games for Middlesbrough with a late header which earned his side a 1-1 draw against Barnsley on Saturday.
McDonald, along with fellow Aussie Rhys Williams, played the full 90 minutes in the game.
Meanwhile, Neil Kilkenny started and played 56 minutes as Leeds drew 2-2 with Watford, while Shane Lowry played 75 minutes as Sheffield United edged closer to the drop after a 3-1 loss to Preston, who left Aussie Bailey Wright on the bench.
In Italy's Serie A, Mark Bresciano started and played 75 minutes as Lazio won 4-1 at Catania on Sunday, to firm up their grip on fourth spot.
In Italy's Serie B, Adrian Madaschi played a full game in defence as struggling Portogruaro slipped to a 2-1 home defeat to bottom-club Triestina on Saturday. Portogruaro are 20th.
Elsewhere, Socceroo Carl Valeri was absent as Sassuolo drew 1-1 with Varese on Saturday.
In Germany's Bundesliga, Mitchell Langerak was an unused substitute as Borussia Dortmund defeated SC Freiburg 3-0 on Sunday, to all but clinch the title as they moved eight points clear.
In Germany's 2.Bundesliga, Nikita Rukavytsya provided two assists after coming off the bench on 22 minutes to help Hertha BSC win 4-0 over VfL Osnabruck on Saturday.
Hertha are now one win away from clinching promotion back to the Bundesliga.
Elsewhere, Dario Vidosic wasn't in the Arminia Bielefeld side which drew 3-3 with Rot-Weiss Oberhausen on Sunday.
In Holland's Eredivisie, Tommy Oar played a full game while Michael Zullo was a half-time substitute as FC Utrecht lost 3-0 at Heerenveen on Saturday.
Adam Sarota was an unused substitute for Utrecht, who slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat.
In Turkey's Super Lig, Mile Jedinak scored his third goal in three league matches with a wonderful free-kick which helped Genclerbirligi come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Besiktas on Friday.
Jedinak struck on 62 minutes with a superb curling free-kick into the top corner.
Elsewhere, James Troisi played a full game as Kayserispor lost 3-1 at home to Konyaspor on Sunday.
In Russia's Premier League, Socceroo Luke Wilkshire put in a full shift as Dinamo Moscow drew 0-0 at Terek Grozny on Saturday.
In Greece's Super League, Nathan Burns did not play as AEK Athens drew 0-0 with Iraklis on the final day of the season on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Paul Giannou was an unused substitute as Kavala drew 0-0 with Atromitos on Sunday.
In Portugal's Liga de Honra, Jason Davidson played a full game as Sporting Covilha claimed a 1-1 draw at Penafiel on Sunday.
In Denmark's Superliga, Socceroo Brent McGrath started up front for Brondby but only lasted 31 minutes as they lost 2-1 at home to AaB Aalborg on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Nathan Coe put in a full shift as SonderjyskE drew 1-1 at Horsens on Sunday.
In Switzerland's Super League, Scott Chipperfield was a 66th-minute substitute as FC Basel drew 2-2 with Grasshoppers on Sunday. Basel's league lead is now down to only three points.
In Sweden's Allsvenskan, Ante Covic was an unused sub as IF Elfsborg drew 2-2 with AIK Stockholm on Sunday.
In the Scottish Cup semi-finals, Danny Invincibile played a full game but had an early chance brilliantly saved before St Johnstone lost 3-0 to Motherwell on Saturday.
In Scotland's Premier League, Ryan McGowan was a 64th-minute substitute as Hearts drew 1-1 at Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Aaron Mooy put in an impressive full shift, providing an assist, as St Mirren lost 2-1 at Rangers on Saturday.
In Ireland's Premier Division, Aussie goalkeeper Chris O'Connor played a full game as Bohemians drew 1-1 with Shamrock Rovers.
In England's League One, James Wesolowski started and played 63 minutes as Peterborough kept alive their automatic promotion hopes with a 2-1 win over Plymouth on Saturday.
In England's League Two, Alex Cisak kept another clean sheet as Accrington Stanley drew 0-0 with Oxford United on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff put in a full shift helping Shrewsbury defeat Stockport 2-0, Jamie Young played a full game as Aldershot drew 2-2 at Stevenage, while Daniel Leach played the full 90 as Barnet lost 2-0 at Bury.
In China's Super League, Dino Djulbic scored the opening goal of Shaanxi Chanba's 3-2 win over Henan Construction on Saturday. Ex-Gold Coast defender Djulbic played a full game in the win.
Elsewhere, Joel Griffiths was replaced late as Beijing Guoan drew 2-2 at Guangzhou on Sunday, while Alex Wilkinson played a full game and Bruce Djite was a 57th-minute sub as Jiangsu Sainty lost 1-0 at home to Liaoning Whowin.
Meanwhile, Adam Griffiths put in a full shift as Hangzhou Greentown defeated Qingdao Jonoon 1-0 on Friday, while Adam Kwasnik played most of Chengdu Blades' 1-1 draw with Changchun Yatai.
In Korea's K-League, Sasa Ognenovski's Seongnam Ilhwa lost 2-1 at Incheon United, Iain Fyfe's Busan drew 2-2 with Daegu, while Rob Cornthwaite's Chunnam Dragons defeated Luke DeVere's Gyeongnam 2-1.