AZ lose top match in Rotterdam

Published on 29 april 12, 00:00
ROTTERDAM- AZ have suffered a tough defeat in Rotterdam last Sunday. Feyenoord won 1-0 due to an Otman Bakkal goal. Because of this loss Feyenoord take over the second place while AZ drop down to the fourth position.

Rasmus Elm – whose girlfriend gave birth to a daughter the night before - did not show up for the important match between the number two and three in the Eredivisie. AZ missed injured Roy Beerens and suspended Niklas Moisander as well, Feyenoord missed injured John Guidetti and suspended Karim El Ahmadi.

Opening goal
The home team started strong and within four minutes Sekou Cissé could have opened the score if however Esteban hadn’t made an excellent save. On the other side Simon Poulsen hit the bar with a far cross and Brett Holman was dangerous with a low shot. Otman Bakkal – whose show went wide – and Ron Vlaar – who headed just over – were close to the opening goal.

After the break AZ got the first major opportunity but Johann Berg Gudmundsson missed on good preparatory work from Jozy Altidore. From then on Feyenoord stepped on the gas what resulted in a shot on the bar from Ruben Schaken and a goal from Bakkal. The midfielder got enough time to fire and leave Esteban prospectless: 1-0.


In the final phase of the match AZ pushed their opponent back and got small opportunities for Adam Maher, substitute Charlison Benschop and Dirk Marcellis. In injury time Brett Holman was very close to the equalizer but his shot went far over the goal. AZ got two more matches to qualify for next seasons Europa League: NEC away on Wednesday, FC Groningen at home on Sunday.

Feyenoord – AZ 1-0 (0-0)

Lineup Feyenoord: Erwin Mulder; Kelvin Leerdam, Stefan de Vrij, Ron Vlaar, Bruno Martins Indi; Kamohelo Mokotjo, Jordy Clasie, Otman Bakkal (89. Tonny Trinidade de Vilhena); Ruben Schaken, Guyon Fernandez (26. Anass Achahbar), Sekou Cissé (90+1. Miquel Nelom).
Lineup AZ: Esteban; Dirk Marcellis, Etiënne Reijnen, Ragnar Klavan, Simon Poulsen; Adam Maher, Nick Viergever, Maarten Martens (77. Mattias Johansson), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (56. Charlison Benschop), Jozy Altidore (85. Ruud Boymans), Brett Holman.

Goals: 54. Bakkal 1-0.
Bookings: Clasie (Feyenoord), Viergever, Klavan (AZ).
Sent-offs: -
Referee: Eric Braamhaar
Attendance: 47.000