Three points stay in AlkmaarPublished on 12 april 21, 16:10
ALKMAAR- AZ kept the points in Alkmaar this Saturday, as the boys in red beat Sparta Rotterdam 2-0. A quick goal by Jordy Clasie and a second half goal by Dani de Wit did the job.
Pascal Jansen made two changes to his starting eleven. Captain Teun Koopmeiners was suspended, he was replaced by Jordy Clasie. Calvin Stengs returned from an injury, meaning Dani de Wit started as a substitute. Owen Wijndal replaced Koopmeiners as captain.
AZ was dangerous from the get-go, with Myron Boadu going one-on-one with Sparta’s goalkeeper Okoye after just two minutes and missing. Minutes later, Stengs and Gudmundsson saw their shots being unsuccessful as well.
After several failed opportunities, it was Clasie who gave the hosts the lead in the 13th minute, when Jonas Svensson passed through a corner kick from Stengs. Clasie didn’t hesitate and placed the ball in the bottom-left corner: 1-0.
Before half time
After the opening goal, Sparta showed a little more courage and forced AZ-goalie Marco Bizot to a couple of saves. At the same time, Gudmundsson’s 2-0 was disallowed because he was offside, Stengs missed the ball and Clasie found Okoye’s fists, all right before half time.
Double the score
After the break, Karlsson, Stengs and Boadu where dangerous again, but it was Dani de Wit who would eventually double the score in the 66th minute: 2-0. Sparta managed to score once right before the final whistle, but saw this goal also being disallowed because of offside, meaning the points remained in Alkmaar.
AZ - Sparta Rotterdam 2-0 (1-0)
Opstelling AZ: Marco Bizot; Jonas Svensson, Bruno Martins Indi, Timo Letschert, Owen Wijndal; Fredrik Midtsjø, Albert Gudmundsson (61. Dani de Wit), Jordy Clasie (82. Tijjani Reijnders); Calvin Stengs, Myron Boadu, Jesper Karlsson.
Opstelling Sparta Rotterdam: Maduka Okoye; Dirk Abels, Tom Beugelsdijk, Michaël Heylen, Michael Pinto (76. Wouter Burger); Laros Duarte (76. Aaron Meijers), Bryan Smeets (56. Mario Engels), Abdou Harroui; Jeffry Fortes, Lennart Thy (76. Danzell Gravenberch), Sven Mijnans (56. Reda Kharchouch).
Scoreverloop: 13. Clasie 1-0, 66. De Wit 2-0.
Gele kaart: Pinto (Sparta Rotterdam).
Rode kaart: -
Scheidsrechter: Björn Kuipers.
Foto's: Ed van de Pol / www.edvandepol.nl