AZ stays absolutely within the race to achieve the knockout section of the Europa League. The Alkmaarders performed a 1-1 draw towards Napoli in-house on Thursday and are assured of wintering in Europe subsequent Thursday with a win towards Rijeka.
Regardless of a fierce begin, AZ is rapidly behind
AZ owes this good beginning place partly to a poor efficiency by Actual Sociedad, which didn’t get additional than 2-2 in-house towards Rijeka. Napoli leads with ten factors in group F, Sociedad and AZ observe with eight factors. Rijeka has already been eradicated.
AZ was already behind after six minutes in their very own AFAS Stadium on account of a purpose from Dries Mertens, however Bruno Martins Indi equalized early within the second half.
Quickly after, Teun Koopmeiners obtained the right alternative to even assist AZ to victory. Nevertheless, the captain noticed his penalty turned by goalkeeper David Ospina.
AZ kicks off towards Rijeka subsequent Thursday at 6.55 p.m. in Croatia and joins the final 32 within the Europa League with a win. On the identical time, Napoli takes on Actual Sociedad at house.
Zakaria Aboukhlal was surprisingly within the beginning line-up and was near scoring. (Picture: Professional Pictures)
AZ received the away match towards Napoli 0-1 in the beginning of the group stage and confirmed no respect for the Italian prime membership in Alkmaar both. Proper from kick-off, Koopmeiners attacker Albert Gudmundsson put in place, who hit the surface of the put up.
The guests turned out to be more practical with the primary assault. Mertens, Napoli’s all-time membership prime scorer, poked the ball after a cross from Giovanni Di Lorenzo behind goalkeeper Marco Bizot.
Whereas Napoli obtained alternatives to double the lead by way of Mertens particularly, AZ Zakaria Aboukhlal had the equalizer on his shoe. Regardless of a free taking pictures alternative, the Moroccan didn’t achieve crowning his stunning beginning place with a purpose.
The hunt for the equalizer was rewarded early within the second half. After Calvin Stengs had missed one other big alternative, defender Martins Indi scored within the 54th minute with a good-looking heel.
Even earlier than Napoli had recovered from the shock, AZ had an infinite alternative to take the lead within the 59th minute. After a foul towards Aboukhlal, the ball hit the spot, however Koopmeiners, usually a certainty from eleven meters, shot the ball towards the put up through Ospina’s fingertips.