Commentary Box Sports brings you a wrap of last week’s action involving Aussies and Kiwis playing over in Europe.
In the Premier League, New Zealand and Australian defenders Winston Reid and Brad Smith faced each other when Bournemouth hosted West Ham.
Reid played the full match, and while Smith didn’t get on the field for Bournemouth, he had the last laugh with his side getting up for a 3-2 victory.
Meanwhile Reid is set to receive a bumper payday from West Ham, with a new contract rumoured to be worth $123,000 (NZD) a week on the table.
Winston Reid’s current contract contains a £15m buy-out clause. West Ham looking to double his wages in a new deal. [C&H] pic.twitter.com/HbSsYMItL1
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) 13 March 2017
Down in the second-tier Championship, Bailey Wright scored Bristol City’s equaliser in an eventual 1-all draw against Norwich.
On loan from Manchester City, Socceroo Aaron Mooy set up Huddersfield Town’s goal in a 1-0 win against Aston Villa.
Sydney-born Massimo Luongo and All Whites marksman Chris Wood faced off when Queen’s Park Rangers and Leeds United played out a 0-0 draw, while Jackson Irvine scored a screamer from outside the box to equalise for Burton Albion in a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.
In the Dutch Eredivisie, New Zealand representative Ryan Thomas took the field for PEC Zwolle in a 2-0 loss to Willem II.
In Europa League action, Aussie shot-stopper Mathew Ryan blocked a penalty as his Genk side beat Gent 5-2, with the gutsy away win putting Genk to within touching distance of the competition’s quarter-finals.