Three points in WaalwijkPublished on 03 mei 21, 11:36
WAALWIJK- AZ has won the away game against RKC Waalwijk. In Waalwijk, Albert Gudmundsson, Myron Boadu and Calvin Stengs turned around an early lead by the hosts to win it for the boys in red.
AZ travelled to Noord-Brabant without captain Teun Koopmeiners, who fell ill. Tijjani Reijnders, who played in Waalwijk on loan last year, replaced him. Owen Wijndal was captain and Fredrik Midtsjø played his 150th game for AZ.
During a chaotic start of the game, the hosts got the first real chance but with a phenomenal save, Marco Bizot kept it level. Shortly after, RKC would open the score anyway. Thijs Oosting, who is on loan from AZ, came face-to-face with Bizot and calmly chipped the ball over the AZ-goalie: 1-0.
Before halftime AZ came level, when a cross from Wijndal was deflected and ended up with Stengs. He found Gudmundsson, who turned away from the defenders and found the back of the net: 1-1.
In the second half, the visitors took control of the game, which resulted in some opportunities and finally the lead in the 63rd minute. RKC defenders Melle Meulensteen en Anas Tahiri fumbled the ball and Boadu unwrapped that gift gratefully: 1-2.
Minutes after AZ took the lead, RKC lend the Alkmaarders another helping hand, when Sylla Sow was shown a straight red card. In a duel with Timo Letschert, the attacker lost his calm for a moment and was sent off.
In the final phase, Stengs ensured a victory for Pascal Janses’s squad. Gudmundsson found Stengs, who remained calm and slotted the ball home: 1-3. With three games left, AZ sits third with only one point less than second place PSV. Next week, we face Fortuna Sittard in the AFAS Stadium. Kick-off is Saturday at 20:00 CEST.
RKC Waalwijk - AZ 1-3 (1-1)
Line-up RKC Waalwijk: Kostas Lamprou; Juriën Gaari, Melle Meulensteen, Ahmed Touba, Thierry Lutonda; Richard van der Venne (71. Finn Stokkers), Vurnon Anita (86. Vitalie Damașcan), Anas Tahiri (71. Sebbe Augustijns); Cyril Ngonge (60. Lennerd Daneels), Thijs Oosting (86. Hans Mulder), Sylla Sow.
Line-up AZ: Marco Bizot; Jonas Svensson (71. Yukinari Sugawara), Timo Letschert, Bruno Martins Indi, Owen Wijndal; Fredrik Midtsjø, Albert Gudmundsson, Tijjani Reijnders (78. Jordy Clasie); Calvin Stengs, Myron Boadu (79. Dani de Wit), Jesper Karlsson.
Goals: 17. Oosting 1-0, 28. Gudmundsson 1-1, 63. Boadu 1-2, 82. Stengs 1-3.
Yellow cards: Letschert, Sugawara (AZ).
Red cards: 68. Sow (RKC Waalwijk)
Referee: Dennis Higler
Pictures: Ed van de Pol / edvandepol.nl