As the final group stage match day in European competition came to an end, our Aussies in the Europa League rejoiced while those in the Champions League head back to the drawing board. Elsewhere our Aussies in India stole the show while there are some more worries for Robbie Kruse in Germany.
In Germany Mat Leckie played 80 minutes for Hertha Berlin who lost 2-1 to Stuttgart. Hertha are keeping up the chase for the top four and are only two points away from their goal. Robbie Kruse was absent from Vfl Bochum's 3-1 loss at home to St Pauli and was again absent as they lost 2-0 to Union Berlin. Kwame Yeboah was absent from Fortuna Koln's squad that drew 1-1 with SG.
In the German youth leagues Christian Theoharous played 23 minutes off the bench as Borussia Mönchengladbach II drew 2-2 with Fortuna Dusseldorf II for whom Josh Laws was absent. George Timotheou played a full match as FC Schalke defeated Westfalia Herne 3-1 at home continuing their dominance of the Oberliga Westfalen.
In the Netherlands Denis Genreau was absent while Dean Bouzanis was an unused sub as PEC Zwolle drew 0-0 with NAC Breda. Trent Sainsbury and Aziz Behich were unused subs for PSV as they beat Heracles Almelo 4-0. Ajdin Hrustic was absent from FC Groningen's squad that fell to defeat at home losing 2-1 to FC Emmen.
In the Dutch youth leagues Sebastian Pasquali was an unused sub as Jong Ajax beat Almere City 3-2. Dylan Ryan and Luca Da Silva were absent from Jong Willem's squad that defeated Jong Dordrecht 4-0 for whom Quivi Fowler was also absent. John Iredale sadly broke a bone in his right foot and will be absent for the rest of the season for Jong Heerenveen. They lost 2-0 to FC Emmen U21s this week. Daniel Bouman returned from injury for Jong Groningen and played the second half as his side lost 1-0. Daniel Baggio was absent from Sparta Rotterdam U19s squad that lost 4-1 to PSV U-19. Thomas Prinsen was absent from Jong Almere City's squad that defeated Kozakken boys 2-1.
In Denmark Mustafa Amini played a full game as AGF lost 1-0 away from home against Nordsjælland. Awer Mabil played 71 minutes as his FC Midtjylland side defeated Horsens 3-1 away from home. Midtjylland remain second in the Danish league three points behind Kobenhavn.
In Austria Jimmy Jeggo was on the scoresheet for Austria Wien as they put six goals past a hapless Rapid Wien. James Holland played a full match as LASK Linz defeated Mattersburg 2-1.
35‘ | TOOOOOOOOOOOOOR! Jimmy Jeggo bringt die Veilchen wieder in Führung!#faklive— FK Austria Wien (@FKAustriaWien) December 16, 2018
In Croatia Fran Karacic played a full match for NK Lokomotiv Zagreb as they drew 2-2 with HNK Gorica. Steven Lustica was absent as his Inter Zapresic were embarrassed 6-0 away to Osijek. Anthony Kalik played a full match for NK Rudes as they lost 1-0 away from home to Istra 1961.
In Serbia Andrew Marveggio was a stoppage time substitute for Macva as they drew 0-0 with Partizan. Milos Degenek played a full match as Red Star Belgrade defeated Cukaricki 2-1 away from home.
In Belgium it was two clean sheets in a week as Danny Vukovic played between the sticks for Genk as they defeated Oostende 2-0 at home.
In Switzerland Tomi Juric seems to have fallen out of favour at Luzern as he was an unused substitute in their 2-1 win over St Gallen. Liam Chipperfield played 90 minutes and got a goal and assist for FC Basel U15s as they smashed FC Aarau U15 9-0.
In Czech Republic Golgol Mebrahtu was absent from Sparta Praha's squad that drew 1-1 with Pribram.
In Italy Gabriel Cleur was an unused sub for Virtus Entella who drew 2-2 with Arezzo. Reno Piscopo played a full match for AC Renate however they went down 1-0 at home to Suditro. Giancarlo Galifuoco played a full game and got a clean sheet as FC Rieti played out a 1-0 win over Bisceglie. Daniel Alessi played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw away to Calvina, his Sasso Marconi sit in 11th spot in the Serie D Group D ladder.
In Turkey Erdeniz Yildiz was absent from the Göztepe U21s squad that drew 3-3 with Bursaspor U21.