Aussies Abroad: Austrian Cup glory for Jeggo

Australian midfielder James Jeggo is celebrating after playing a key role in Sturm Graz’s dramatic Austrian Cup triumph over Red Bull Salzburg overnight.

Graz prevailed 1-0 after 120 tense and gruelling minutes at the Worthersee Stadion, grabbing the winner with just eight minutes left in extra-time.

Stefan Hierlander came up with the decisive breakthrough, getting on the end of Marvin Potzmann’s cross to hand Graz there first Cup win since 2010.

It also allowed Graz to get a modicum of revenge on Salzburg, who beat them 4-1 in the league just last weekend.

Jeggo produced a heroic performance in the heart of midfield, continuing his outstanding campaign where he has made over 30 appearances in both league and cup.

It’s the second major trophy the 26-year-old has won, following his FFA Cup success with Adelaide United in 2014.

Meanwhile in Scotland, Jamie Maclaren’s Hibernian has suffered a blow in their bid to secure European football next season after a 2-1 loss against Hearts.

Maclaren started on the bench for Neil Lennon’s side, coming on for the last 22 minutes at Tynecastle Stadium.

Unfortunately the striker – who was included in the Caltex Socceroos 32-man preliminary squad on Monday – wasn’t able to help Hibs find an equaliser.

They remain in fourth spot, three points behind third-placed Rangers, who they face in this weekend’s final match.

Hibs need to beat the Glasgow outfit by at least five clear goals to leapfrog them on the ladder and secure European qualification.

Elsewhere, Tom Rogic also started on the bench as champions Celtic were held to a goalless draw at home by Kilmarnock.

Rogic played the last 23 minutes for the Hoops.

And in Switzerland, Trent Sainsbury got through another 90 minutes for Grasshopper Zurich, who lost 2-0 at home to Sion to remain in seventh spot on the Super League ladder with two matches remaining.