Serero’s Ajax Amsterdam, still reeling from their midweek 4-0 loss to Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League, went down by the same scoreline to PSV Eindhoven on Sunday, prompting many ‘4x4’ jokes.
It was not much better for Kamohelo Mokotjo’s PEC Zwolle, whose early season bubble of form appears to have burst, as they lost 3-0 at Vitesse Arnhem to be ousted from top spot in the League.
Both South Africans played the full 90 minutes for their sides.
Tokelo Rantie was handed his first start by Bournemouth in the English Championship in a strange match against Middlesbrough that ended 3-3.
Bournemouth led 2-0 inside 12 minutes, both goals coming from the penalty spot – the first coming from a foul on Rantie – before needing a late own goal to salvage a point.
Rantie was replaced on the hour mark, but again received praise from his manager for his performance.
Siyanda Xulu was also on the losing side, as FC Rostov went down 3-0 at home to Zenit St Petersburg in the Russian League.
Anele Ngcongca played his 200th match for Belgian side Genk, but could not help his team to a win as they were held 0-0 at Waasland-Beveren.
Ayanda Patosi came on for the final 20 minutes of Lokeren’s 2-1 defeat Standard Liege, in what was an increasingly miserable weekend for South African players.
That followed the defeat of Darren Keet’s side Kortrijk on Saturday as they went down 2-0 at Lierse.
There was better news in Israel, as Dani Amos’s Hapoel Tel Aviv won 3-1 at home to Maccabi Petach Tikva.
Lebogang Phiri was an unused substitute for Brondby in Denmark as they won 3-1 at Aarhus.
Steven Pienaar was again missing for Everton as they staged a remarkable comeback to win 3-2 at West Ham in the English Premiership. ‘Schillo’ faces another three weeks on the sidelines with an injury he picked up in training.
Bongani Khumalo and Dean Furman both played the full 90 minutes for Doncaster Rovers they were held to a 2-2 draw by Nottingham Forest, with on loan Manchester United striker Federico Macheda scoring both goals for them.
Teenage left-back Kgosi Ntlhe came on for the final 10 minutes as Peterborough United won 2-1 at home to Milton Keynes Dons in League One, despite finishing the game with nine men.
Daylon Claasen’s Polish side Lech Poznan were beaten 2-1 on Friday by Pogoń Szczecin, despite the best efforts of the Bafana midfielder.
Sive Phekezela was an unused substitute for Swedish top-flight side Gefle in their 0-0 draw at Kalmar, as was Kyle Jacobs for Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock in their 1-1 draw at Partick Thistle.