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Aussies Abroad involved in big matches on Saturday

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It was a big Saturday for Australians playing abroad, with goals, and assists but as most of the leagues reach crunch time, a number of big results.

Perhaps the biggest result was on Saturday when Crystal Palace, captained by Mile Jedinak, took a huge step towards safety in the English Premier League, as they managed a 1-0 win over league leaders Chelsea. That win now sees Palace five points clear of Cardiff City, in 18th place.

Jason Davidson was vital in Heracles Almelo’s Eredivisie win over NEC Nijmegen, scoring a 79th minute equalizer for his side, that saw a frantic and entertaining finish.

In Greece Apostolis Giannou got things moving for Paninios as he scored the opening goal just six minutes in to their match against Tripoli.

Mark Bresciano set up the game winner for Qatar’s Al Gharafa in the 47th minute, pushing his side in to the top half, and finally avoiding the slim threat of relegation.

There could yet be one Australian picking up a title overseas, with Matthew Foschini playing a full match for Salgaocar FC in the I-League, but their result on Saturday, a 2-1 loss to Rangdajied United saw them drop to a four point gap on league leading Bengaluru FC.

With the Scottish League title already wrapped up by Celtic, Jackson Irvine helped Kilmarnock avoid any threat of relegation as he provided the assist for Rory McKenzie’s equalizer in the 66th minute, before a 96th minute winner guaranteed Killie safety.

The news wasn’t good for Australians in a relegation fight in the English Championship as Shane Lowry and Scott McDonald both played the full 90 for Millwall, but their 2-2 draw with Blackburn, sees the club still two points away from safety, with a significantly poorer goal difference.

Neil Kilkenny could be going in the other direction after he played 66 minutes in a 1-0 win for League One side, Preston North End, who sit in a playoff spot, that will take some unseating.

Another relegation threatened Australian, Bradden Inman, may have played 90 minutes for Crewe Alexandria, in League One but the 2-1 result is horrific for the club as they fall back in to the relegation places, in a tight fight for survival in England’s third tier.

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