Good start European campaign

Published on 06 november 20, 09:17

ALKMAAR- After three matches, AZ is halfway through the Europa League group stage. With six points out of the first three games, things are looking good for Slot’s team. 

Napoli - AZ (10-22-2020)
AZ opened the group stage with an away game against Italian side Napoli. Despite constant pressure from the opponent, it was Dani de Wit who opened the score for the visitors. AZ survived a true encirclement and stunned Gennaro Gattuso’s powerhouse: 0-1.

MATCH STATISTICS:
SSC Napoli - AZ 0-1 (0-0)
UEFA Europa League group stage

Line-up Napoli: Alex Meret; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Nikola Maksimović, Kalidou Koulibaly, Elseid Hysaj (58. Mário Rui); Fabián Ruiz Peña, Stanislav Lobotka (66. Diego Demme); Matteo Politano (83. Tiemoué Bakayoko), Dries Mertens, Hirving Lozano (58. Lorenzo Insigne); Victor Osimhen (66. Andrea Petagna).
Line-up AZ: Marco Bizot; Jonas Svensson, Pantelis Hatzidiakos, Bruno Martins Indi, Owen Wijndal; Fredrik Midtsjø (88. Ramon Leeuwin), Calvin Stengs, Teun Koopmeiners; Yukinari Sugawara, Dani de Wit, Jonas Karlsson (88. Albert Gudmundsson).

Goals: 57. De Wit 0-1.
Yellow cards: Koulibaly (SSC Napoli), De Wit (AZ).
Red cards:
Referee: Daniel Stefanski.


AZ - Rijeka (10-29-2020)
Next up was the home game against the Kroatian HNK Rijeka. AZ displayed a quality and fun to watch match and bagged the second European victory in a row. Albert Gudmundsson stole the show with two goals.

MATCH STATISTICS
AZ - HNK Rijeka 4-1 (2-0)
UEFA Europa League group stage

Line-up AZ: Marco Bizot; Jonas Svensson, Pantelis Hatzidiakos (61. Ramon Leeuwin), Bruno Martins Indi (89. Maxim Gullit), Owen Wijndal; Fredrik Midtsjø, Dani de Wit, Teun Koopmeiners; Calvin Stengs (66. Håkon Evjen), Albert Gudmundsson (89. Yusuf Barasi), Jesper Karlsson (66. Zakaria Aboukhlal).
Line-up HNK Rijeka: Ivan Nevistić; Ivan Tomečak (80. Momcilo Raspopović), João Escoval, Darko Velkoski (64. Ivan Lepinjica), Hrvoje Smolčić, Daniel Štefulj (80. Armando Anastasio); Luka Menalo (64. Sterling Yateke), Domagoj Pavičić, Franko Andrijašević (64. Tibor Halilović), Stjepan Lončar; Sandro Kulenović.

Goals: 6. Koopmeiners 1-0 (pen.), 20. Gudmundsson 2-0, 51. Karlsson 3-0, 60. Gudmundsson 4-0, 72. Kulenović 4-1.
Yellow cards: Koopmeiners, Gudmundsson (AZ), Kulenović, Menalo, Lepinjica (HNK Rijeka)
Red cards: -
Referee: Sergei Ivanov (Rus)


Real Sociedad - AZ
The third matchday meant a visit to Spain’s leaders Real Sociedad. The Spanish side proved a bridge too far from start to finish and AZ had Marco Bizot to thank for keeping them standing. Eventually, Sociedad managed to breach the defense, but Slot’s side limited the damage: 1-0.

MATCH STATISTICS
Real Sociedad - AZ 1-0 (0-0)
UEFA Europa League group stage

Line-up Real Sociedad: Miguel Ángel Moyá; Aritz Elustondo, Robin Le Normand, Modibo Sagnan, Nacho Monreal; Mikel Merino (76. Martín Zubimendi), David Silva, Ander Guevara; Portu (76. Adnan Januzaj), Alexander Isak (62. Willian José), Mikel Oyarzabal (89. Ander Barrenetxea).
Line-up AZ: Marco Bizot; Jonas Svensson, Pantelis Hatzidiakos (71. Tijs Velthuis), Teun Koopmeiners, Owen Wijndal; Fredrik Midtsjø, Albert Gudmundsson (62. Håkon Evjen), Dani de Wit; Calvin Stengs (71. Timo Letschert), Myron Boadu (62. Ferdy Druijf), Jesper Karlsson (62. Zakaria Aboukhlal).

Goals: 58. Portu 1-0.
Yellow cards: Silva (Real Sociedad), Gudmundsson, Druijf, Svensson (AZ).
Red cards: -
Referee: John Beaton.