Aussies Abroad: Kruse stars again in Germany

Robbie Kruse will head into Caltex Socceroos camp in confident mood this week after continuing his impressive form with 2.Bundesliga outfit VFL Bochum overnight.

The former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory flyer had an assist as Bochum came from two goals down to beat Sandhausen 3-2.

Bochum were 2-0 down inside the first 24 minutes, before a brace of goals either side of the break to Lukas Hinterseer had the visitors on level terms.

And Kruse then set up his side’s winner, with his free-kick arriving at the feet of Hinterseer to stroke home his hat-trick and seal an astonishing fightback.

Kruse now has four goals and three assists for the campaign for Bochum, who are now up to 12th spot on the ladder.

Elsewhere in Germany, Brandon Borrello played 65 minutes as his Kaiserslautern drew 1-1 with St Pauli.

In the Bundesliga, fellow Aussie winger Mathew Leckie was an unused sub as his Hertha Berlin recorded an impressive 2-1 away win over strugglers Hamburg.

Like Kruse, left-back Aziz Behich also set up his side’s winner in Turkey, as Bursaspor left it late to register a 1-0 win over Sivasspor.

In a tight affair, Behich provided the moment of magic to spur his side to victory.

He controlled a lofted pass into the box on his chest, before playing a delicious ball across the face of goal where Bogdan Stancu was on hand to poke home from close range.

Meanwhile, James Jeggo got another 90 minutes under his belt for Sturm Graz in Austria, with his side beating Rheindorf Altach 1-0.

The victory keeps Sturm Graz in the hunt for the title, in second spot and five points behind league-leaders Salzburg.