Teun Koopmeiners and trainer Arne Slot cannot believe that they gave away a 0-4 lead against Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday with AZ. The Alkmaarders played a 4-4 draw at Het Kasteel in a bizarre second half.
End: ‘Can’t protect Bizot’
With a 0-4 score, captain Koopmeiners could have made it 0-5 before half time, but he missed a penalty kick. In the second half it then went completely wrong.
“I’ve seen a lot of weird matches, but this is – in a negative sense – certainly one of the weirdest. Whether we played as amateurs? You can say that about the second half,” Koopmeiners said at FOX Sports.
“If I had just made that penalty, it would have been 0-5 and it would have been a completely different story. That’s just not good. We have to keep going.”
It happened only once in the Eredivisie that a team came back from a 4-0 deficit. That was in 1969, when Telstar on a visit to NAC Breda also dragged a 4-4 draw.
Koopmeiners: “At half-time we were leading 0-4 and we played an almost perfect first half, except for that penalty. We wanted more and that was a good sign. But we went into the second half much, much too weak. “
Teun Koopmeiners’ moment in the first half: he hits the bar with a penalty kick. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Trainer Arne Slot said he was not happy with keeper Marco Bizot, who played a negative leading role. He did not look good on a number of hits and in a rude manner caused the penalty from which the 3-4 fell and where he received his second yellow card.
“We have all been able to see that he did not look good at two or three goals. As much as I would like to protect him, that is simply not possible”, said Slot.
“But I also saw with a number of goals that he was not the only one who made a mistake. We have to show in the games after the international period that we are capable of more than what we have shown in the last three games. . “
It was not the first time that AZ gave away a lead: that also happened in the previous round, when Fortuna Sittard came back from 1-3 to 3-3. A week earlier it was disappointing 1-1 against PEC Zwolle.