Socceroos Tom Rogic and James Holland have seen their club sides bow out of the UEFA Champions League on the back of this morning’s results.
Socceroos Tom Rogic and James Holland have seen their club sides bow out of the UEFA Champions League on the back of this morning-s results. Meanwhile Mitch Langerak-s Borussia Dormund are in a strong position to progress to the round of 16 following their victory over Napoli.
Rogic was a second half substitute in Celtic-s disappointing home loss to Milan. The 20-year-old had made a sparkling contribution off the bench in Australia-s international win against Costa Rica last week but was not able to inspire a comeback from the Scottish champions. Rogic entered the fray with his side down 3-0, which would prove to be the final scoreline. The result leaves the Hoops at the bottom of Group H with just one game remaining in the group stage.
Midfielder James Holland played a full match in FK Austria Wien-s 1-1 draw away to FC Porto. In a tough group that also features Atletico Madrid and FC Zenit, the Austrian side netted their first goal of the group stage and were valiant in picking up a point at Estádio do Dragão. Austria had also picked up a point in Russia on matchday two but their poor showing at home means they are also unable to progress in Europe-s glamour tournament.
There was better fortunes for Langerak-s Borussia Dortmund side, which secured a much-needed 3-1 home win over Napoli. While the 25-year-old didn-t see any action, the result means last year-s finalists fate is in their own hands as they had been in danger of being eliminated. The German side-s progress in the tournament would not be without Langerak-s contribution as he had previously kept a cleansheet in their win over Olympique Marseille.
While Rogic and Holland will no doubt be disappointed to see their side drop out of Europe-s elite competition, the experience will no doubt be invaluable, with world football-s biggest stage now less than seven months away.