AZ merciless for Malmö FF

Published on 16 september 11, 00:00
ALKMAAR- AZ have started the group phase of the Europa League with an outstanding 4-1 win over Swedish champion Malmö FF. Jozy Altidore, Rasmus Elm, Adam Maher and Brett Holman scored for the home team before Daniel Larsson saved Malmö’s face.

In the same key as the previous four matches AZ roared past its opponent. With a goal difference of 21 against 1 in the last five matches it’s obvious that AZ’s attack is on a roll and its defense is more solid than ever.

Out of the blue

Within 45 minutes AZ had decided the match. Jozy Altidore hammered the ball from 25 meters behind Malmö goalkeeper Johan Dahlin: 1-0. Because of Malmö’s defensive style of play the opening goal had to come out of the blue.


When Ricardinho fouled Roy Beerens on the edge of the penalty area Rasmus Elm stepped up to double the score from the penalty: 2-0. In the final phase of the first half Adam Maher scored the third AZ goal when his shot was deflected by a Swedish defender.


Early in the second half Brett Holman – who made his re-entry in the team over Johann Berg Gudmundsson – simply walked through the defense and scored 4-0. Malmö did something back when substitute Etiënne Reijnen fouled Daniel Larsson in the penalty area. Larsson himself scored the penalty and set the end result on 4-1.

Metalist Kharkiv

AZ play their next match in the Europa League on September 29th when Gertjan Verbeek and his men travel to Ukraine to face Metalist Kharkiv. Metalist won their first match away against Austria Wien 1-2 and take second place in Group G behind AZ.


AZ – Malmö FF 4-1 (3-0)

Lineup AZ: Esteban; Dirk Marcellis, Niklas Moisander (70. Etiënne Reijnen), Nick Viergever, Simon Poulsen (65. Ragnar Klavan); Pontus Wernbloom, Rasmus Elm, Adam Maher; Roy Beerens (62. Johann Berg Gudmundsson), Jozy Altidore, Brett Holman.
Lineup Malmö FF: Johan Dahlin; Ulrich Vinzents, Pontus Jansson, Daniel Andersson, Ricardinho; Jiloan Hamad, Ivo Pekalski, Wilton Figueiredo (67. Agon Mehmeti), Jimmy Durmaz; Mathias Ranégie (56. Miljan Mutavdžic), Daniel Larsson (84. Dardan Rexhepi).

Goals: 21. Altidore 1-0, 33. Elm (pen.) 2-0, 39. Maher 3-0, 49. Holman 4-0, 72. Larsson (pen.) 4-1
Bookings: Beerens, Reijnen, Esteban (AZ), Pekalski, Ricardinho (Malmö FF)
Sent-off: -
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Cro).
Attendance: 11.905