Aron Johannsson scored the lone goal in AZ's 1-0 Europa League win over Anzhi Mackhachkala on Thursday.
The U.S. national team striker converted a penalty kick in the 29th minute, giving AZ the advantage heading back to Russia next week for the second leg of the round of 16 matchup.
The goal was Johannsson's 25th of the season in all competitions. The striker is chasing Jozy Altidore's American abroad record of 31 goals all competitions, set last year with AZ.
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