AZ suffer shock defeat at Heerenveen

Published on 04 december 11, 00:00
HEERENVEEN- AZ have suffered a shock defeat Sunday at sc Heerenveen: 5-1. The leader of the Eredivisie lost for the first time since August 13 against FC Twente (0-2). Jozy Altidore saved AZ’s face scoring the only goal for Gertjan Verbeek’s team.

With Niklas Moisander and Roy Beerens present in the lineup - and knowing runner-up PSV had lost earlier that day against Feyenoord – AZ had good reasons to get off to a good start. Nevertheless Heerenveen took matters in its hands and Esteban had to interfere three times within the first five minutes.

From one of the many corner kicks it was Bas Dost who got the ball and managed to beat Esteban from close range: 1-0. The goal woke AZ that took over the initiative and scored the equalizer through Jozy Altidore: 1-1. Though AZ dominated that phase of the match it was Rajiv van La Parra who scored for the home team: 2-1.

With a 2-1 half-time score AZ had good possibilities to get back in the game. However within two minutes the match was decided when Filip Djuricic and Ramon Zomer scored the 3-1 and the 4-1. AZ did not manage to get back in the game and it was Luciano Narsingh who even made it 5-1.

AZ play the second half of the suspended match against Excelsior in Rotterdam on Wednesday. Saturday De Graafschap come to the AFAS Stadium.


sc Heerenveen – AZ 5-1 (2-1)

Lineup sc Heerenveen: Brian Vandenbussche; Daryl Janmaat, Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (89. Arnold Kruiswijk), Ramon Zomer, Michel Breuer; Sven Kums (86. Pele van Anholt), Viktor Elm, Filip Djuricic; Rajiv van la Parra, Bas Dost, Luciano Narsingh (81. Arsenio Valpoort).
Lineup AZ: Esteban; Etiënne Reijnen, Niklas Moisander (61. Nick Viergever), Ragnar Klavan, Simon Poulsen; Erik Falkenburg, Rasmus Elm, Adam Maher (41. Johann Berg Gudmundsson); Roy Beerens (61. Charlison Benschop), Jozy Altidore, Brett Holman.

Goals: 14. Dost 1-0, 20. Altidore 1-1, 30. Van la Parra 2-1, 46. Djuricic 3-1, 49. Zomer 4-1, 74. Narsingh 5-1.
Bookings: Holman, Klavan (AZ).
Sent-off: -
Referee: Eric Braamhaar.
Attendance: 25.000