Sunday 24 September 2017 / 06:00 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.

Football

It didn’t take him long. Chris Wood is already proving his worth to Burnley after becoming their record signing earlier this month, coming off the bench to nail a dramatic right-footed equaliser in the 92nd minute to secure a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

The All Whites striker had been introduced to the game in the 57th minute and showed class to spot the opportunity and execute with both accuracy and power into the corner of the net.

Wood is now tasked with helping his national side get past the Solomon Islands in their FIFA World Cup Qualifier this Friday night in Auckland.

In other Premier League action for our men abroad, Socceroos Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan both played the full 90 for Huddersfield and Brighton respectively, with both of their matches ending as 0-0 stalemates.

It was Brighton’s second clean sheet in four days, having earlier got past Barnet 1-0, with Ryan sitting on the bench for that game.

A level down in the Championship and Melbourne’s Bailey Wright helped Bristol City to a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, while James Meredith was on hand as his Millwall side hammered Norwich City 4-0.

In the UEFA Champions League qualifying, Tom Rogic came off the bench for Celtic in a 4-3 to loss to Astana, but the renowned Scottish heavyweights still advanced to the group stage on an 8-4 aggregate.

In the Netherlands, Aussie keeper Brad Jones was in the nets for Feyenoord as they won 5-0 over Willem II, while Kiwi lad Ryan Thomas was awarded Man of the Match honours for PEC Zwolle as they powered past FC Twente 2-0. Fellow All White Marco Rojas’ SC Heerenveen earned their first victory of the season.

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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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