Aussies abroad: Kruse flying at Bayer Leverkusen

Caltex Socceroo striker Robbie Kruse continued his resurgence at Bayer Leverkusen while goalkeeper Mat Ryan returned to Valencia's starting line-up in La Liga.

In the lead-up to this week's World Cup qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan, Ryan and Kruse both got crucial game-time for their clubs.

In Spain, Ryan started his first La Liga match since February 7 but remains winless in the Spanish top tier after eight appearances this season.

Two goals in the final 10 minutes saw Celta Vigo defeat Valencia at home on Sunday (Monday morning AEDT), with the Australian starting back-to-back games for Gary Neville's side.

In the Bundesliga, Kruse came on in the 68th minute as Bayer Leverkusen won 2-0 at Stuttgart, where the Socceroos winger spent the first half of the season on loan.

Socceroos goalkeeper Mitch Langerak sat on the bench for Stuttgart.

Kruse has now got on the pitch in eight straight games for Bayer as he continues his fight back from injury.

In the 2. Bundesliga, Milos Degenek came on in the 58th minute as 1860 Munich drew 1-1 with Arminia Bielefeld.

Elsewhere in Europe, Brent McGrath surged to the top of the Golden Boot standings in Denmark's second tier, scoring a double - including a 92nd-minute winner - as Fredericia defeated Naestved 2-1 to maintain their bid for promotion.

In the Danish Superliga, Mustafa Amini played 90 minutes as Randers lost 3-1 to Viborg.

Aziz Behich played a full game in Bursaspor's 4-1 thumping of Kasimpasa in Turkey, while in Netherlands, Brad Jones completed a full shift but his NEC Nijmegen lost 1-0 at ADO Den Haag.

In Croatia, Anthony Kalik came off the bench in the 28th minute in Hajduk Split's 1-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.

In Asia, Ryan Griffiths came off in the 63rd minute as South China advanced past Hong Kong Rangers in the Hong Kong League Cup via a penalty shootout.

In J.League 2, Mitch Duke came off the bench with 25 minutes remaining in Shimizu S-Pulse's 2-0 loss to Consadole Sapporo.