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Vukovic, Jones crowned league champions

By AAP Newswire

Australian goalkeeper Danny Vukovic's Racing Genk have been crowned Belgian champions after a 1-1 draw at Anderlecht gave them an unassailable four-point lead over Club Brugge.

Genk went ahead after 11 minutes through Bryan Heynen but Anderlecht's Yannick Bolasie, on loan from Everton, beat Vukovic at the far post to equalise with a 65th-minute header.

A nervy Genk held out for the last 25 minutes to secure the crucial point which proved enough as defending champions Club Brugge lost 2-0 to Standard Liege.

Fringe Socceroo shot-stopper Vukovic made six saves and was running high on adrenaline after snaring his first title since Sydney FC won the 2016-17 A-League championship.

"What a season!! Champions of Belgium!! 50+ games, ready for a rest!! But first, time to celebrate!!" tweeted the 34-year-old.

Genk's fourth title - and first since 2011 - came with the last round of the season to be completed on Sunday.

Brad Jones meantime is celebrating a league title in Saudi Arabia after his Al Nassr side sealed their triumph.

The Aussie keeper was a key part of the squad that pipped Al-Hilal - boasting another Socceroo in Milos Degenek - to the title by a single point. Al Nassr finishd top of the tree after 30 matchdays with 70 points with Jones keeping an impressive 11 clean sheets, the equal most in the competition.

Jones started in goal for all but five league matches this season, including the 2-1 win over Al-Batin that sealed the title overnight.

It's the fifth trophy of the 37-year-old's career, adding to his English League Cup won with Liverpool and the Dutch Cup, Super Cup and Championship won during his time at Feyenoord.