Australian Under-23 international Ajdin Hrustic netted his first goal of the season to help his Dutch side FC Groningen to a drought-breaking win in the Eredivisie overnight.
Hrustic, a one-time Caltex Socceroo, started and scored in the 90th minute as Groningen secured a 2-0 win at home to seventh-placed PEC Zwolle.
The winger received the ball on the edge of the box before cutting inside and firing past Zwolle keeper Diederik Boer, helped by the aid of a big deflection.
It was the 21-year-old’s first goal in 11 league matches this season.
The win snaps a run of four-straight draws for Groningen and leaves them in 13th spot on the table with seven matches remaining.
Elsewhere, Aussie shot-stopper Brad Jones was between the posts as Feyenoord secured a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to AZ.
In Belgium, Danny Vukovic was in goals as Genk suffered a 2-1 defeat to Gent.
And in Japan, Mitch Langerak kept a clean sheet as Nagoya Grampus played out a 0-0 draw away to Shonan Bellmore in the J-League.
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