South African attacker Percy Tau bagged a brace for his Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in their 3-2 win over Knokke in the Belgian Cup on Thursday.
The win saw Les Unionistes progress to the quarterfinals of this spectacle which doubles up as a Europa League qualifier for the first time in 50 years.
After Roman Ferber had opened the scoring for the Brussels side in the 11th minute, the visitors equalised shortly before the interval to see the two sides deadlocked heading to the change rooms for the interval.
In the second half, Union came out of the locker rooms the sharper of the two sides and dominated proceedings early on. It was no surprise when Ferber, outpaced his marker in the 59th minute to setup Tau who restored his sides lead with his first of the night.
The Bafana Bafana international returned again 10 minutes later to cap off his night with a brace as he fired Union 3-1 up from close range.
The 24-year-old was later withdrawn and replaced by Pinto Borges as -now ten man- Union suffered a late scare after Marcel Mehlem's sending off and Knokke's second to reduce the deficit to one.
But in the end, Tau's brace - his sixth in 16 appearances for Union - was enough to end a 50-year wait and also set up a meeting with top-tier side Racing Genk in the quarterfinals of the Croky Cup.
Tau is among the nominees for the Caf African Player of the Year award.