AUSSIES ABROAD: Brett Holman scored one goal and provided an assist for another as AZ Alkmaar reached the Europa League group stage after a 6-0 win over Aalesunds FK on Thursday.
The Dutch club came in to the second leg trailing after a 2-1 defeat in Norway, but quickly overturned the deficit before running out comfortable winners.
Holman provided the cross for Maarten Martens to make it 3-0 on 55 minutes, before the Australian netted to make it 5-0 on 68 minutes.
The Socceroos midfielder could've inflicted further damage on Aalesunds too, spurning a good late chance.
Elsewhere on Thursday in the Europa League, Mark Schwarzer made a string of saves as Fulham progressed despite a 1-0 loss to Dnipro in Ukraine, winning 3-1 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Ryan McGowan put in a full shift at right-back in a weakened Hearts line-up who managed a 0-0 draw at Tottenham. However they bowed out 5-0 on aggregate.
Finally, Matt McKay may have missed the Europa League registration deadline but his new club Rangers failed to even reach the group stage after a 1-1 draw with Maribor saw them bow out 3-2 on aggregate.