By FRANCO PANIZO
Aron Johannsson has moved one step closer to making history, and AZ Alkmaar have benefitted as a result.
Coming off a two-goal performance over the weekend, Johannsson scored his 25th of the season across all competitions in a 1-0 victory over Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in the opening leg of their Europa League Round of 16 series on Thursday.
The U.S. Men’s National Team striker knocked in the winner in somewhat fortuitous fashion, hitting a 29th-minute penalty kick that Anzhi goalkeeper Mikhail Kerzhakov got his hands on but couldn’t keep out of goal.
The tally gives AZ the advantage going into the decisive leg of the series in Russia on March 20 and puts Johannsson just six goals away from tying the foreign-based American scoring record set by Jozy Altidore last season.
Here is Johannsson’s goal:
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