Australians abroad: Kennedy strikes in Japan, Rukavytsya helps Hertha Berlin to vital win

Socceroo Joshua Kennedy scored a fine header to help Nagoya Grampus get the better of Albirex Niigata 2-1 in Japan's J-League on Sunday.

The Australian striker took his season tally to three goals with a header in the 67th minute from Keiji Tamada's left-wing cross.

Kennedy also played a part in Mu Kanazaki's opener, winning the ball and allowing his team-mate to run in on goal.

In Germany's Bundesliga, Nikita Rukavytsya had a lively game, providing an assist and playing a role in the second goal as struggling Hertha Berlin claimed an important 3-1 win at Mainz.

Rukavytsya set up the opener on 41 minutes after racing forward only to see his initial shot saved, but the ball rolled towards him on the ground, and he centred for Anis Ben-Hatira to make it 1-0.

England
Tim Cahill (Everton): Started and played 58 minutes in his side's 2-0 win at Swansea. Wasn't overly effective.
Vince Grella (Blackburn): Not in the squad for the 2-1 loss at Bolton.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa): Started but was replaced after 52 minutes following a poor showing where he found the going tough in the 3-0 loss at Arsenal.
Brad Jones (Liverpool): Not in the squad for the 2-1 loss to Wigan.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham): Scheduled to play Manchester United on Monday.
Ryan Williams (Fulham): Same as above.
Adam Federici (Reading): Played a full game in the 3-1 win over Blackpool.
Richard Garcia (Hull City): Not in the squad for the 2-2 draw with Leicester.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace): Substituted at half-time after suffering a groin strain as Palace lost 3-2 at Derby County.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City): Started and played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough.
Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds United): Out injured (knee) for the 1-0 win at Millwall.
Shane Lowry (Millwall): Returned after an ankle injury but was an unused sub in the loss to Leeds.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough): Out injured (knee) for the 1-1 draw with Bristol City.
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough): Out injured (ankle) for the 1-1 draw with Bristol City.
Dean Bouzanis (Oldham): Was an unused substitute in the 1-0 victory over Bournemouth.
Alex Cisak (Oldham): Played a full game and kept a clean sheet in the win over Bournemouth.
James Wesolowski (Oldham): Out injured (shoulder) and missed the Bournemouth win.

Germany

STAR OF THE WEEKEND
Joshua Kennedy



By his own admission, he had an "average" game in the ACL in midweek but found his goalscoring touch back in the J-League


Mitchell Langerak 
(Borussia Dortmund): Was an unused sub in the 6-1 win at Koln on Sunday.
Mathew Leckie (Borussia Monchengladbach): Came on as an 83rd-minute substitute in the 2-1 loss to Hoffenheim.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf): Out injured (calf) for the 1-1 draw with Eintracht Braunschweig.

Netherlands
Jason Davidson
(Heracles): Made his first-team debut, playing a full game at the back, in the 3-1 win over Utrecht.
Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar): Put in a full shift in the 1-0 victory over RKC Waalwijk.
Tommy Oar
(FC Utrecht): Was an 83rd-minute substitute in the loss to Heracles.
Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht): Wasn't in the squad for the loss to Heracles.
Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht): Was an unused sub in the loss to Heracles and tweeted "frustrated" after the game.

Italy
Carl Valeri
(Sassuolo): Played 62 minutes in the 1-0 win over Empoli. The result moves promotion hopefuls Sassuolo back into second spot on the table.

Russia
Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow): Returned to play a full game in the 3-1 loss to Spartak Moscow.

Turkey
Kerem Bulut
(Eskisehirspor): Was not in the squad for the 2-0 loss to Gaziantepspor.
James Troisi (Kayserispor): Played a full game in the 1-0 loss to Karabukspor.

Scotland
Ryan McGowan (Hearts): Put in a full shift at right-back and assisted the opening goal with a nice cross in the 2-1 loss to St Johnstone.
Aaron Mooy (St Mirren): Was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw at Dunfermline.

Denmark
Nathan Coe (SonderjyskE): Played a full game in the 2-1 win over AaB.
Brent McGrath (Brondby): Out injured (hand) for the 2-1 win over Lyngby.

Switzerland

Scott Chipperfield (FC Basel): Out injured (groin) for the 5-0 victory over Servette.

Austria
James Holland (Austria Vienna): Was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw with Sturm Graz.

Japan
Alex Brosque (Shimizu S-Pulse): Put in a full shift in the 2-1 loss to Kashiwa Reysol.
Jade North (Consadole Sapporo): Played a full game and picked up a booking in the 2-1 loss to Urawa Reds.
Matt Spiranovic (Urawa Reds): Was absent following his midweek J-League Cup red card, as his side defeated Sapporo 2-1.

Korea
Eddy Bosnar (Suwon Bluewings): Played a full game in the 2-1 loss away to Jeju United.
Nathan Burns (Incheon United): Still out injured and missed the 2-1 win over Daejeon.
Robbie Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons): Put in a full shift in the 3-1 triumph over Gyeongnam.
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam FC): Played a full game in the loss to Chunnam.
Matt McKay (Busan I'Park): Started and played 73 minutes in the 2-1 loss to Gwangju.
Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United): Out injured (thigh) for the 2-1 win over Suwon.
Sasa Ognenovski (Seongnam Ilhwa): Absent for the 2-1 win over Gangwon.
Matt Simon (Chunnam Dragons): Absent for the 3-1 win over Gyeongnam.

China
Dino Djulbic (Guizhou Renhe): Played a full game in the goalless draw at Shanghai Shenxin.
Joel Griffiths (Shanghai Shenhua): Played just over an hour in the 1-0 victory over Guangzhou Fuli.
Rostyn Griffiths (Guangzhou Fuli): Was a 74th-minute substitute in the loss to Shenhua.
Mile Sterjovski (Dalian Aerbin): Put in a full shift in the 3-3 draw with Shandong Luneng.
Milan Susak (Tianjin Teda): Was an unused substitute in the goalless draw with Jiangsu Sainty.

UAE
Mark Bresciano (Al Nasr): Absent for the 3-3 draw with Al Ahli.
Lucas Neill (Al Jazira): Put in a full shift in the 1-0 win over Ajman.

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