Tim Cahill has continued his rich vein of form in China, scoring the winning goal in Shanghai Shenhua’s 1-0 triumph of Guangzhou R&F.
The Socceroos star poked home a cross at the far post with just 15 minutes left for his third goal in his last four games in the Chinese Super League.
It was a deserved goal for the 35-year-old who had earlier been denied with two powerful headers, first by the woodwork and the second time a brilliant save from the Guangzhou ‘keeper.
Despite doubts over his future with the club Cahill is starting to deliver for Shenhua, who have moved up to seventh in the CSL with that win.
Cahill wasn’t the only Aussie to find the back of the net in matches across the globe overnight.
Ex-Socceroos defender Robert Cornthwaite played a full match and scored a fifth minute opener in Selangor’s 3-1 home loss to Pahang FA in Malaysia.
Matt Smith also got on the scoresheet in the Thai Premier League as Bangkok Glass crushed BEC Tero Sasana 5-0.
Glass remains second in the league after 13 matches.
Former Newcastle Jets star Ryan Griffiths bagged a goal but it wasn’t enough as his Sarawak FA side lost 2-1 at Terengganu.
In friendly matches in Europe Tom Rogic, Dario Vidosic and Luke Wilkshire all played 45 minutes for Celtic, FC Sion and Feyenoord respectively.