Monday 18 December 2017 / 08:32 AM

DOWN UNDER REPORT: FOOTBALL

Commentary Box Sports brings you a wrap of last week’s action involving Aussies and Kiwis playing over in Europe.

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While competitions in England have finished up for the season, a handful of Aussies and Kiwis continued to ply their trade in other European matches last week, while the New Zealand All Whites saw game time in Ireland.

Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan played for Genk in a 3-1 Belgian Pro League loss, while Tomi Juric won the game for his FC Luzern side in Switzerland, scoring in the 1-0 win over third-placed Lugano.

Meanwhile 25-year-old Ryan is being widely tipped to join the Premier League next season, with newly-promoted Brighton having signed him according to reports.

Ryan inked a six-year deal with La Liga giants Valencia back in 2015, but is currently on loan at Genk in Belgium and would struggle to become the first-choice option at Valencia anytime in the near future.

In the Irish Premier Division, Melbourne-born Mark Griffin was a starter for Drogheda as they drew 0-0 with his former club, Bohemians.

Staying in Ireland and the All Whites played two warm-up matches ahead of starting their Confederations Cup campaign, going down 1-0 to Northern Ireland before beating Irish second-division club side Cabinteely 5-2 in Dublin.

Leeds United big man Chris Wood bagged a double in that match, while Kosta Barbarouses, Shane Smeltz and Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith also scored for New Zealand.

[YouTube – Valencia CF]

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Corey Rosser

One of CBS’s newest contributors, Te Aroha product Corey is the New Zealand correspondent for NRL.com, the editor for the excellent new site Kiwi League Central, and a guru of the local Auckland rugby league scene.

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