Kruse found the net in the first-half of VfL Bochum's 2-0 home win over 2. Bundesliga strugglers Ingolstadt. 

Felix Bastians had given them the lead on 24 minutes, before Kruse doubled the advantage just three minutes later. 

It was Kruse's third goal in four games, with his form boding well for the Socceroos ahead of their two-legged World Cup play-off tie with Syria next month.

After scoring a late winner against Darmstadt earlier in the month, Kruse then scored in a loss to Heidenheim before netting against Ingolstadt. 

He's scored almost a third of Bochum's goals in the league this season, and is just two goals off the top of the scoring charts, lead by Holstein's Marvin Ducksch and Nurnberg's Michael Ishak (5). 

Bochum are 10th in the standings, six points off a possible promotion spot and three points above possible relegation.