Young Australian midfielder Kenneth Dougall scored his first goal of the Eredivisie season but it wasn’t enough to prevent Sparta Rotterdam falling to another defeat against league-leaders PSV.
In a clash that pitted bottom against top in the Netherlands, Dougall gave the hosts a shock sixth-minute lead with a superb glancing header.
But PSV’s class eventually told as a double to Steven Bergwijn either side of the break gave PSV a 2-1 win.
Dougall – who impressed in the middle of the park – got through the 90 minutes, while fellow Aussie Craig Goodwin was an unused substitute.
Sparta remains five points adrift of safety in the Eredivisie with 11 games to go.
In Germany, Mathew Leckie came off the bench with 10 minutes left as Hertha Berlin recorded an impressive 2-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen.
Valentino Lazaro and Salomon Kalou scored the goals for the visitors, who sit in 11th spot on the Bundesliga ladder.
There was late drama for Alex Gersbach in France as his Lens side left it late to snatch a draw in Ligue 2.
Trailing 1-0 to Valenciennes in stoppage time, Dusan Cvetinovic became the hero as he equalised to send the Stade Bollaert-Delelis into delirium.
Gersbach played a full game for Lens, who are five points and two places above the relegation places.
And in Scotland, Tom Rogic’s Celtic won a five-goal thriller against Ryan Edwards’ Partick Thistle in the Scottish FA Cup.
Rogic was on the bench for the Bhoys, his first appearance in the first-team after more than two months out with injury.
While the Aussie playmaker didn’t get on the pitch, he watched James Forrest score a hat-trick as Celtic won 3-2, with Edwards playing 90 minutes for the visitors.
There was a minute’s silence prior to the match to commemorate the life of former Hoops and Hyundai A-League midfielder Liam Miller, who lost his battle with cancer on Saturday.
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