Unlucky AZ suffer late defeat in Eindhoven

Published on 14 april 12, 00:00
EINDHOVEN- AZ suffered a late 3-2 defeat against PSV at the Philips Stadion on Saturday night. Substitute Tim Matavz scored the winner deep into injury time, denting AZ´s chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

After dropping two precious points in the midweek 2-2 draw at home to FC Twente, AZ looked to be returning to winning ways against nearest competitor PSV. Rasmus Elm passed a late fitness test. PSV started the game well and deservedly took the lead after 17 minutes, when Esteban failed to gather Lens´ effort: 1-0.

Underside of the crossbar

AZ were soon back on level terms. Jozy Altidore unleashed a powerful shot in the 24th minute from 20 yards out which beat Tyton in the top corner. Ten minutes before half-time, Maarten Martens linked up well with Roy Beerens, who fired the ball off the underside of the crossbar and into the net: 1-2. AZ were still leading 1-2 at half-time, thanks to Esteban who made a number of fine saves.

PSV did not impress after the break, but were still in the game after Charlison Benschop was denied by Przemyslaw Tyton, when one-on-one with PSV´s Polish goalkeeper.


PSV did get back into the game in the 77th minute, thanks to Jeremain Lens. Substitute Memphis Depay played in the former AZ striker, who left Esteban with no chance with a low shot: 2-2.


The game could have gone either way, but an unlucky AZ side left the Philips Stadion empty-handed after conceding a goal at the dying seconds. Lens delivered the cross from the right and Matavz somehow poked the ball home: 3-2.

Verbeek: ‘A poor game’

“I thought it was a poor game of football”, said Verbeek, speaking after the game. “AZ were below par. We made many mistakes and were soon trailing 1-0. PSV snatched a lucky late win, scoring the winner ten seconds before the final whistle. We didn’t meet expectations and were the architects of our own downfall.”


PSV – AZ 3-2 (1-2)

PSV line-up: Przemyslaw Tyton; Atiba Hutchinson, Marcelo, Timothy Derijck, Jetro Willems; Zakaria Labyad, Ola Toivonen, Kevin Strootman (67. Tim Matavz); Georginio Wijnaldum, Jeremain Lens, Dries Mertens (58. Memphis Depay).

AZ line-up: Esteban; Etiënne Reijnen, Niklas Moisander, Nick Viergever, Simon Poulsen; Adam Maher, Rasmus Elm (46. Ragnar Klavan), Maarten Martens; Roy Beerens, Jozy Altidore (65. Charlison Benschop), Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Goals: 17. Lens 1-0, 24. Altidore 1-1, 34. Beerens 1-2, 77. Lens 2-2, 90+3. Matavz 3-2.

Booked: Strootman, Labyad, Lens, Toivonen (PSV), Reijnen (AZ).

Referee: Björn Kuipers

Attendance: 34.200