AZ cruised past WiesbadenPublished on 13 januari 12, 00:00
Just like he did on Wednesday when his team met Werder Bremen, AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek rang the changes in the second half against Third Division side sv Wehen Wiesbaden and handed playing time to eleven players. Ruud Boymans, Esteban, Erik Heijblok, Brett Holman, Toine van Huizen, Ragnar Klavan and Kevin Luckassen did not feature for AZ on Friday.
AZ dominating proceedings, with Rasmus Elm joining a midfield that also included Adam Maher and Erik Falkenburg. AZ had chances to open the scoring in the early stages of the match, but lacked the finishing touch in front of goal. The deadlock was broken in the 18th minute from a set-piece. Roy Beerens was fouled in the box and Elm once again converted the resulting spot-kick, 1-0.
A soft penalty
Five minutes later, the referee again pointed to the spot. This time, Dirk Marcellis committed the foul and Marco Christ tugged away the soft penalty after 22 minutes: 1-1. AZ regained the lead fourteen minutes later, when Johann Berg Gudmundsson slotted the ball home with the outside of his left boot: 2-1. Adam Maher beat the keeper with a volley on the stroke of half-time: 3-1.
The second half continued in much the same vein. AZ had the better chances but Jozy Altidore, one-on-one with the goalkeeper, and Ali Messaoud missed opportunities to further extend AZ´s lead.
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AZ line-up (first-half): Niki Mäenpää; Dirk Marcellis, Niklas Moisander, Nick Viergever, Simon Poulsen; Erik Falkenburg, Adam Maher, Rasmus Elm; Roy Beerens, Charlison Benschop, Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
AZ line-up (second half): Hobie Verhulst; Milan Hoek, Etiënne Reijnen, Erik Schouten, Giliano Wijnaldum; Ali Messaoud, Maarten Martens, Thomas Lam; Fernando Lewis, Jozy Altidore, Celso Ortiz.
sv Wehen Wiesbaden line-up: Michael Gurski; Sven Schimmel (79. Milad Salem), Quido Lanzaat (74. Daniel Döringer), Nico Herzig, Pascal Bieler (74. Timo Nagy); Marco Christ (46. Leandro), Marcus Mann, Nils-Ole Book (79. Nicolas Roth);
Goals: 18. Elm 1-0 (penalty), 22. Christ 1-1, 36. Gudmundsson 2-1, 44. Maher 3-1
Booked: Lewis (AZ), Mann (sv Wehen Wiesbaden)
Sent off: -