AZ held to a goalless draw by FeyenoordPublished on 23 maart 09, 00:00
After a listless display in the initial stages, AZ had the first chance. Brett Holman, who replaced the injured Demy de Zeeuw, had a shot saved by Feyenoord keeper Henk Timmer. At the other end, Georginio Wijnaldum blazed a long-range effort off-target and Kelvin Leerdam sent a shot wide, but Roy Makaay had the best scoring chance for Feyenoord. The striker, however, hesitated and sent a low ball across goal.
AZ came close to scoring on the stroke of half time. Kew Jaliens could not connect properly with a cross and his header went wide.
AZ increased the pressure on the Feyenoord defence after the break. Timmer first saved a fierce shot from Mounir El Hamdaoui and minutes later he was again called into action. Stijn Schaars looked to have opened his AZ scoring account with a header, but the man between the sticks produced a breathtaking save to deny the AZ midfielder.
Vejinovic handed Eredivisie debut
Twenty minutes from time, Van Gaal handed 19-year-old Marko Vejinovic his Eredivisie debut. The midfielder, who has come through the ranks at AZ, made his competitive debut in the cup tie against Achilles29 earlier this season. With five minutes remaining, he could have put the icing on the cake, but his effort flew just wide.
No new club record
Sundays 0-0 draw with Feyenoord ended AZs run of twelve consecutive unbeaten league games at home this season. So Louis Van Gaals team did not break the club record, set in 1981, in which AZ also enjoyed a twelve-game unbeaten run.
Van Gaal: It was one of those games
We were careless in possession in the first half, said Louis van Gaal at the post-match conference. We increased the pressure on the Feyenoord defence and missed a hatful of chances. We didnt score so it was good we didnt concede and kept another clean sheet. Its a disappointing result. I suppose it was one of those games.
Van Gaal brought on Vejinovic 18 minutes from time: Marko is very well able to operate in small spaces. He has the capacity to put team mates clear in the area with clever through balls and he almost succeeded in doing so twice.
AZ Feyenoord 0-0
AZ: Joey Didulica, Gill Swerts, Kew Jaliens, Niklas Moisander, Sébastien Pocognoli, Moussa Dembélé, Brett Holman (72. Marko Vejinovic), Stijn Schaars, Maarten Martens, Mounir El Hamdaoui, Graziano Pellè (72. Jeremain Lens).
Feyenoord: Henk Timmer, Dwight Tiendalli, Theo Lucius, André Bahia, Kelvin Leerdam, Karim El Ahmadi, Luigi Bruins (90. Kevin Wattamaleo), Leroy Fer, Georginio Wijnaldum, Roy Makaay, Diego Biseswar (87. Andwélé Slory).
Booked: El Ahmadi.
Sent off: ---
Referee: Roelof Luinge
Attendance: 17, 067