Roda JC’s Aussie duo Tomi Juric and Rostyn Griffiths both found the back of the net on Monday morning (AEDT) but it wasn’t enough to inspire them to victory in the Eredivisie.
In a disappointing end to the first part of the season for Roda, they surrendered an early lead to lose 3-2 at Willem II to remain just above the relegation zone.
But it was a good outing for their Aussies with Juric continuing his impressive recent scoring tally by netting the opener from the penalty spot inside six minutes.
The Socceroo striker was unlucky not to add more goals either side of the break before the home side came storming back to lead 3-1 just after the hour mark.
That’s when Griffiths pulled one back for Roda with a goal of his own.
The duo both played the full 90 minutes for Roda, while youngster Daniel De Silva came off the bench early in the second half.
Elsewhere, striker Kerem Bulut played a full match in the Greek Super League as Iraklis went down 2-0 at Panaitolikos.
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