Football Australia congratulate Ajdin Hrustic as success in Europe continues for inspiring Australians

Socceroo Ajdin Hrustic has continued Australian football’s run of recent success, claiming the Europa League crown with his club Eintracht Frankfurt in Spain this morning (AEST).

Hrustic and his Frankfurt teammates defeated Rangers FC from Scotland on penalties after the score was locked at 1-1 after extra time, with the 16-time Socceroo entering the pitch as a substitute for Djibril Sow.

Hrustic became just the fifth Socceroo to take the field in a European Final [UEFA Cup, Europa League, UEFA Champions League] – building on the legacy created by Australians Ned Zelic (1993), Harry Kewell (2005 and 2007), Mark Viduka (2006), and Mark Schwarzer (2006 and 2010) – when he entered the fray in Seville.

And Hrustic kept his cool in the penalty shootout, successfully converting Frankfurt’s second spot kick to help the revered German club claim a European crown.

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