AUSSIES ABROAD: It was a great weekend for Australia's young brigade with Mitchell Langerak, Nikita Rukavytsya, Michael Zullo and Nathan Burns providing the highlights.
In Germany's Bundesliga, Mitchell Langerak made his first-team debut for Borussia Dortmund and put in a fine performance as BVB defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Aussie goalkeeper drew praise for Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, particularly after a superb 75th-minute save low to his right to deny Bayern's Mario Gomez.
Dortmund are now 12 points clear at the top in the Bundesliga.
In Germany's 2.Bundesliga, Nikita Rukavytsya scored one goal and provided the assist for another as Hertha BSC thrashed Alemmania Aachen 5-0 on Saturday.
Rukavytsya's 33rd-minute corner provided the assist for Adrian Ramos to make it 2-0, before the Aussie got on the scoresheet early in the second-half with a fine solo goal.
The Socceroo claimed the ball in his own half before running all the way into the box before shooting past Aachen 'keeper David Hohs to make it 4-0 on 56 minutes.
Hertha are now five points clear at the top in the 2.Bundesliga.
In Greece's Super League, Socceroo Nathan Burns returned to the AEK Athens side in style, scoring early in the second-half as they won 3-2 at Ergotelis on Sunday.
The Australian slid the ball home from close range on 49 minutes in his first start since February 5 as AEK strengthened their grip on third spot.
In Holland's Eredivisie, ex-Brisbane Roar winger Michael Zullo made his first-team debut for FC Utrecht as an 81st-minute substitute in their 1-1 draw at NEC Nijmegen.
Zullo, who has had his first season in the Netherlands ruined by abdominal and hernia injuries, recently returned to fitness and was given his chance at NEC.
Meanwhile, fellow Aussies Adam Sarota and Tommy Oar were unused subs.
Elsewhere, Brett Holman returned to the AZ Alkmaar starting line-up, after missing out last weekend due to personal reasons, playing 65 minutes in a 2-1 win over FC Twente on Sunday.
In Holland's Eerste Divisie, James Holland put in a full shift in midfield as Sparta Rotterdam slumped to a 5-2 loss at Helmond Sport on Friday.
In England's Premier League, Mark Schwarzer put in a solid performance, including crucial late saves to deny Carlos Tevez and Aleksandar Kolarov, as Fulham drew 1-1 at Manchester City on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Tim Cahill shock off an ankle complaint to be a 73rd-minute substitute in Everton's 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, while David Carney was left on the bench for the second consecutive game as Blackpool lost 4-0 at Wolverhampton.
Meanwhile, Vince Grella made his first start for Blackburn since September as Rovers lost 4-1 at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Grella was replaced on 63 minutes, Brett Emerton played a full game, while Chris Herd was an unused sub for Villa.
In Italy's Serie A, Mark Bresciano was an unused substitute as Lazio slipped down to fourth following a 1-0 loss at Cagliari on Sunday.
In Italy's Serie B, Carl Valeri started and played 64 minutes as Sassuolo lost 1-0 at Atalanta Bergamo on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Adrian Madaschi put in a full shift as struggling Portogruaro lost 1-0 at home to Torino on Saturday.
In Turkey's Super Lig, Harry Kewell was out injured while Lucas Neill was suspended as Galatasaray slumped to a 3-1 loss at Istanbul BB on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Mile Jedinak did not play as Genclerbirligi won 4-2 at Ankaragucu on Saturday, while James Troisi didn't get a run as Kayserispor drew 3-3 at Trabzonspor on Sunday.
In Germany's 2.Bundesliga, Dario Vidosic played a full game in attack as bottom-placed Arminia Bielefeld conceded late to draw 1-1 with SC Paderborn 07 on Saturday.
In Portugal's Liga de Honra, Jason Davidson put in a full shift as struggling Sporting Covilha slumped to their third consecutive defeat, 1-0 to Santa Clara on Sunday.
In Switzerland's Super League, ex-Socceroo Scott Chipperfield was a 74th-minute substitute as FC Basel won 1-0 at FC Luzern on Sunday.
In Poland's Ekstraklasa, Australian-born defender Ante Rozic played a full game as Arka Gdynia lost 1-0 at home to Wisla Krakow on Friday.
In Scotland's Premier League, Danny Invincibile made his St Johnstone debut as a 64th-minute substitute after joining the club on a short-team deal as they lost 4-0 at Rangers on Sunday.
Elsewhere in the SPL, Aaron Mooy was an unused sub as St Mirren lost 2-0 at Kilmarnock on Saturday.
In England's Championship, Scott McDonald had an early effort saved as Middlesbrough lost 3-0 at home to leaders QPR on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Neil Kilkenny put in a full shift as Leeds United slipped to a 3-0 loss at Swansea City, while youngster Bailey Wright was an unused sub as struggling Preston lost 2-1 at home to Burnley on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Shane Lowry was suspended for Sheffield United's 1-0 home loss to Derby County, while Adam Federici's knee injury ruled him out of Reading's 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace.
In England's League One, James Wesolowski was a 90th-minute sub as Peterborough won 5-0 at Oldham on Saturday.
In England's League Two, young Australian goalkeeper Alex Cisak made a string of fine saves as Accrington Stanley defeated Torquay 1-0 on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Jamie Young put in a full shift as Aldershot lost 2-1 at home to Port Vale, while Shane Cansdell-Sherriff played a full game as Shrewsbury drew 0-0 with Gillingham on Saturday.
In Scotland's First Division, Ryan McGowan was an unused substitute as Partick Thistle drew 0-0 at Ross County on Saturday.
In Scotland's Second Division, Matthew Park and Dylan McGowan both played full games as East Fife lost 1-0 at home to Airdrie on Saturday.
In Japan's Super Cup, Joshua Kennedy missed his spotkick but Nagoya Grampus still win 3-1 on penalties over Kashima Antlers after a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
In India's I-League, Tolgay Ozbey started as East Bengal's winless run extended to four games after a 1-1 draw at Indian Arrows.