Shootout agony for Caltex Socceroos in Germany

Goalkeeper Mitch Langerak makes a save against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany's League Cup.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

John Greco @Grecs7
Caltex Socceroos duo Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie have both had penalty shootout disappointment in DFB Pokal (German Cup) this morning, but there was a big win for two Aussies in the Netherlands.

Making a rare start for Bayer Leverkusen, Kruse played 74 minutes in their clash with third-tier German outfit Sportfreunde Lotte.

But despite taking the lead twice during the 120 minutes, Lotte managed to equalise both times to force the match to a shootout.

And the minnows held their nerve, prevailing 4-3 on penalties to dump Leverkusen out in the round of 32.

There was similar heartache for Leckie’s FC Ingolstadt in their clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Still without a win in the Bundesliga, Ingolstadt were hoping for a long run in the Cup but failed to take their chances as scores were tied at 0-0 after 120 minutes.

Leckie was substituted in the final minute of extra-time and had to watch as his side went down 4-1 on penalties.

Goalkeeper Mitch Langerak completed an unhappy night for Caltex Socceroos in Germany, as his Vfb Stuttgart lost 2-0 at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Despite the defeat, Langerak was excellent for the visitors, making three excellent saves during the 90 minutes.

In Netherlands, Kenneth Dougall and Craig Goodwin both featured as Sparta Rotterdam recorded a good win over PSV Eindhoven in the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup).

Dougall played a full match in midfield while Goodwin came on for the last 10 minutes as Sparta triumphed 3-1 over UEFA Champions League club PSV.

But it was a horror night for defender Bailey Wright in England’s EFL Cup, with his Preston North End side smashed 6-0 at Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.

Wright played a full match for the visitors, whose cause wasn’t helped when Alan Browne was sent off with the score at 1-0 after just 27 minutes.

Football Federation Australia

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