Socceroos defender Jason Davidson has made his Premier League debut, coming on as a substitute in West Bromwich's goalless draw with Southampton. The 23-year-old played the final half-hour at St. Mary's and looked right at home in England's top-flight as the Baggies picked up their second point of the season.
Davidson becomes the 49th Aussie to play in England's top tier and follows in the footsteps of his father, Alan, who played for Nottingham Forest in the 1980's - the first Australian father-and-son combination to do so. The former Heracles defender could be in line for an extended run in Alan Irvine's side, with first-choice left-back Sebastien Pocognoli having come off injured.
Mile Jedinak played the 90-minutes and created an assist to get Crystal Palace back in the contest at home against West Ham. The Socceroos' skipper set-up Marouane Chamakh who blazed home a delightful goal but the manager-less Eagles slumped to their second straight defeat to start the season.
Chris Herd and Curtis Good were not a part of their respective squads as Aston Villa and Newcastle also played out a goalless draw. Meanwhile Adam Federici and Ryan Edwards were on the wrong end of a 4-0 loss for Reading in the Championship.
Brad Smith celebrated his call up to the national team with a win, the left-back making a comeback from injury to help Swindon Town to a 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra. The 20-year-old, on loan from Liverpool, looks set to make his international debut in next month's friendlies. Teammate and compatriot Massimo Luongo didn't play but has also been included in Ange Postecoglou's squad.
Over the moon to be called up for the Australia senior squad, thanks for the messages cant wait to meet up with the lads now #socceroos— brad smith (@bradsmith_94) August 21, 2014
Mitch Langerak was in goals for Borussia Dortmund on the Bundesliga's opening day. Unfortunately it was an unhappy start to the campaign for his side, going down 2-0 at home to Robbie Kruse's Bayer Leverkusen. The Socceroos keeper also recorded the dubious honour of conceding the league's fastest ever goal, with Leverkusen opening the scoring after just nine seconds. Kruse was absent as he seeks to regain match fitness in his comeback from surgery but is another player that will look to play a part in Australia's upcoming internationals.
Josh Kennedy, Alex Wilkinson and Ryan McGowan all saw weekend action in Asia as their respective leagues continue their seasons. Kennedy's Nagoya Grampus picked up a point in Japan, while McGowan's Shandong outfit also recorded a draw in China. Wilkinson's Jeonbuk slumped to a 2-1 home defeat but they still retain top spot in the K-League.