Hrustic keeps his cool in shootout as Eintracht Frankfurt win Europa League
Ajdin Hrustic has this morning lifted the Europa League with Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville, becoming the first Socceroo to win a European trophy in over a decade.
The Socceroo was in the thick of the action late on as Eintracht overcame Rangers in the decider.
Hrustic was introduced in extra time as a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes sent the final all the way. Moments after being introduced, Hrustic so nearly found the winner for his German club, as he dragged an effort narrowly wide of the mark.
A superb save from Kevin Trapp helped keep Rangers at bay in the dying embers of extra time, sending the final to penalties.
In front of a raucous set of Rangers supporters, of which fellow Socceroo Harry Souttar was a member of, Hrustic stepped up to take Eintracht's second spot kick.
The Australian international made no mistake, calmly stroking the ball into the bottom corner as he sent Allan McGregor the wrong way.
Rangers' Aaron Ramsey would go on to miss the decisive penalty as the shootout ended 5-4, sparking immense scenes of celebration amongst the German outfit's passionate fans.
The Europa League triumph secures Frankfurt Champions League football next season, while Hrustic becomes the first Socceroo since Zeljko Kalac in 2007 to be a member of a European trophy-winning squad.
By taking to the pitch, Hrustic also becomes just the fifth Socceroo to appear in a European Final, joining an exclusive club that also includes Harry Kewell, Mark Schwarzer, Mark Viduka and Ned Zelic.