SOCCEROO Brett Holman made his return from a groin injury in Europa League action on Thursday, as AZ Alkmaar drew 2-2 at Austria Vienna.
Holman was called up to Holger Osieck's Socceroos squad this week despite straining his groin in an Eredivisie match against Ajax in mid-October.
The Australia international made a timely return for AZ in Vienna, starting on the right flank and playing 68 minutes as the Dutch side blew a two-goal lead.
AZ remain in second spot in their group with six points, behind Metalist on 10 points and ahead of Austria Vienna on five points and Malmo who have lost all four of their matches.
Elsewhere, Australian Mark Bresciano scored as struggling Al Nasr defeated Dubai Club 2-1 in UAE's Pro-League on Thursday.
Al Nasr had claimed just one point from their opening three games prior to the win, and Bresciano had come out and publicly backed his boss Walter Zenga, who he previously worked with at Palermo.
"The quality of players is right and we have the right coaching staff. I think this is just a bad period for us that we are going through,” Bresciano told Gulf News. “I think soon enough things will change — the season is long and hopefully we won't be at the bottom by the end.
"We're all looking for the answer. It's a good question. But sometimes that's just football. Sometimes periods go well for you and sometimes there are negative periods. We're passing by a negative period but hopefully things will change.
"Al Nasr finished third last season, so it can't be a case that we're a bad team overnight. That's just the way the game goes sometimes. The aim of the game is to score goals and we haven't.”
Bresciano played his part in arresting Al Nasr's slide, putting in a full shift and poking home their second goal on 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, Socceroos striker Joshua Kennedy headed a goal as third-placed Nagoya Grampus kept their title hopes alive with a 3-1 win over Cerezo Osaka in Japan's J.League on Thursday.
Elsewhere, Eddy Bosnar also scored as Shimizu S-Pulse drew 2-2 with Avispa Fukuoka.