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Aussies win in continental play and English League Cup

West Brom celebrate Jason Davidson's penalty winner
West Brom celebrate Jason Davidson's penalty winner
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Two Aussies advanced in the Europa League, while plenty were in action in the English League Cup and others were scoring goals in Aussies Abroad action in the last midweek section of August.

The highlights were the players advancing in Europe, with Thursday being a big day as Luke Wilkshire and Mat Ryan saw their teams advance to the group stages of the Europa League.

Luke Wilkshire played the entire match in Feyenoord's 4-3 victory over Zorya Lugansk which put Feyenoord through 5-4 on aggregate which made Wilkshire's assist that led to an equalizer in the first leg absolutely crucial.

Ryan proved to be vital yet again for Brugge as he was able to keep a clean sheet in their win against Grasshoppers, with the Belgian side managing a 1-0 victory for a 3-1 aggregate win.

The news wasn't as good for Trent Sainsbury as his PEC Zwolle fell to a 3-1 loss to AC Sparta Praha falling to a 2-4 aggregate loss with Sainsbury playing a full 90 after coming in for the suspended Joost Broserse.

The North American Champions League also saw another Australian play a vital role as Tim Cahill played for 88 minutes and set up New York Red Bull's opening goal in the 11th minute as he headed back for Saer Sene to send the ball in to the back of the net.

Three Australians advanced in the English League Cup on Wednesday as Shane Lowry, James Meridith and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff played the full 90 as their team managed shocks.

Lowry's third division Leyton Orient upset Premier League side, and his former employer, Aston Villa in a 1-0 win, Meridth's third division Bradford City continued second division Leeds United's horror run in a 2-1 win and Cansdell-Sherriff's fourth division Burton Albion stunned Premier League newcomers QPR.

Meredith played a significant part in the match for Bradford City, after being fouled for Luke Murphy's second yellow card, he also put in the assist for the winner crossing in for James Hanson to head home the winner.

On Tuesday Bradden Inman was vital for Crew Alexandra as they fell in extra-time 3-2 to Bolton as he had a role in both goals, scoring the opener and putting in the assist for the second to send the match to extra-time.

For Jason Davidson his fledgling career at West Brom continued to be impressive as he hit the winning penalty in their victory over Oxford United.