Tuesday 26 September 2017 / 10:12 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

The number of Burnley fans adding Kiwi sensation Chris Wood to their Christmas card list is growing by the hour, after the towering forward’s goal lifted the Premier League newcomers to a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

A wayward back pass gifted Wood with the opportunity, and from there he produced a clever shot around the approaching keeper to find the back of the net for a result which sees them up to seventh on the table.

Wood wasn’t the only man from Down Under to see game time in the Premier League, with Mathew Ryan selected to start in the nets for Brighton Hove Albion.

The 25-year-old Socceroo was a strong performer as they downed mid-table West Bromwich Albion 3-1 at Amex Stadium.

In the English Championship, Jackson Irvine played 20 minutes for new club Hull, as they were embarrassed 5-0 against Derby County, while James Meredith started for Millwall in a 1-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Twenty-four-year old Sydney product Massimo Luongo continued his excellent start to the season with QPR, assisting the match-winner in a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town.

In Germany, Mathew Leckie earned his Hertha Berlin side a Bundesliga point with his goal in the 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen, while a level down in the second-tier, former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory man, Robbie Kruse, scored the winning goal for Bochum, as they overcame Darmstadt 2-1.

Across in Holland, Aussies Mark Birighitti and Brad Jones both saw game time for their respective sides, but it was Craig Goodwin who owned the headlines thanks to his winning goal in Sparta Rotterdam’s 1-0 result over Twente. New Zealander Ryan Thomas copped a 3-0 thrashing with PEC Zwolle against Ajax, but countryman Marco Rojas helped Heerenveen to a 2-0 upset of PSV.

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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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