Sunday 22 October 2017 / 01:48 PM

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

Winston Reid started in the heart of defence for West Ham and helped them to a clean sheet in a 0-0 stalemate with West Bromwich Albion, while Chris Wood’s Burnley took on the might of Liverpool at Anfield, with both side’s trading goals in a 1-1 draw.

Earlier in the week Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo fired home a powerful effort off a corner kick to help QPR to a late comeback which secured a 2-2 draw with Millwall, leading to his coach Ian Holloway stating his belief that the 24-year-old is the best midfielder running around in the English second tier.

Fellow Aussie James Meredith lined up at wing back in that game for Millwall and again later in the week when they got up for an upset win over top-of-the-table Leeds United.

Jackson Irvine sat on the bench in two games for Hull City but failed to get game time on either occasion.

Across in the Netherlands former Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory player Marco Rojas grabbed the winning goal for his Heerenveen side as they downed Excelsior 2-1.

It was a trademark strike from the All White, showcasing close control and a composed finish around the keeper, less than five minutes after he entered the field from the bench.

Brad Jones was in the net for 10-man Feyenoord in a tough 1-0 loss to PSV, while Ryan Thomas helped PEC Zwolle to get past Heracles to now sit seventh on the Dutch Eredivisie ladder.

In Germany’s Bundesliga Matthew Leckie played the full 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin in a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim.

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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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