PSV title celebrations on hold
A fourth successive title for PSV Eindhoven and third for Jason Culina was put on hold, after they failed to beat Luke Wilkshire’s FC Twente at the Philips Stadium on Saturday.
A fourth successive title for PSV Eindhoven and third for Jason Culina was put on hold, after they failed to beat Luke Wilkshire-s FC Twente at the Philips Stadium on Saturday.
Both Culina and Wilkshire played full games for their respective sides, which was crucial for both teams. The match finished 1-1 after PSV came from behind against fourth-placed Twente, who are chasing a UEFA Cup spot of their own.
PSV are six points ahead of Ajax, whose match against FC Groningen was postponed after a fire broke out in the stadium. A point in its final game or any lost points by Ajax, will secure the title for PSV and a third straight title for the hard-working Culina since his arrival in the 2005-06 season.
Brett Holman again played a full game for NEC Nijmegen, as they won their 10th match in 12, 1-0 at home against Vitesse Arhem, to give themselves a shot at grabbing what was an unlikely UEFA Cup place.
Scott McDonald was back among the goalscorers list again, scoring Celtic-s 2nd goal, as they avenged last week-s home loss to Motherwell, with a 4-1 win at Fir Park. McDonald netted his 21st goal in the Scottish Premier League (27 overall) in the 30th minute, breaking the 1-1 deadlock, as Celtic took firm control of the match and keep their slim title hopes alive.
In the English Premier League, only three Aussies saw action, with Brett Emerton playing a full game in Blackburn Rovers 3-1 loss away at Liverpool; Mark Schwarzer a full game in Middlesbrough-s 1-1 draw away at Tottenham Hotspurs and Mark Viduka replaced after 82 minutes, as Newcastle drew 0-0 away at Portsmouth.
In Italy, Vince Grella returned to the Torino side after missing last week-s match, but was on the end of a 3-0 loss to Genoa; Mark Bresciano was replaced after 65 minutes, as Palermo won 1-0 in the Sicilian derby against Catania, while Zeljko Kalac played a full game, as AC Milan lost 3-2 away at Juventus.
Josh Kennedy set up the goal for Karlsruhe, but it wasn-t enough to stop a 2-1 defeat at home against Hansa Rostock.
With the Championship race hotting up in England, there are nervous times for several Aussies in the thick of the action. Nick Carle came on in the 85th minute, but wasn-t able to help contrive a winner for Bristol City, as they drew 0-0 at home with Wolves, while Richard Garcia was replaced in the 54th minute, as Hull City rescued a late point at home against QPR. Meanwhile in the relegation battle, Paul Henderson and Patrick Kisnorbo both played full games for Leicester City, as they drew 1-1 with bottom-placed Colchester United. Chris Coyne played a full game for Colchester. David Carney was not in the Sheffield United squad that won 2-1 away at Burnley.