VVV in daylight robbery

Published on 04 november 12, 00:00
ALKMAAR- A last gasp winner in injury time by Eredivisie’s bottom club VVV-Venlo subjected AZ to a cruel home defeat at a very wet AFAS Stadium on Sunday. VVV’s Aleksandar Radosavljevic struck in the dying moments denying AZ a well-deserved point and confining them to the bottom half of the table.  

After away victories against Vitesse and SWZ Boso Sneek last week, AZ had hoped to add VVV to their hit list and jump-start some decent home form but it wasn’t to be. VVV, who had been languishing at the foot of the Eredivisie, seemed like the ideal opponents for AZ to take advantage of but it backfired horribly.

Corners aplenty
Although AZ thoroughly dominated the first half, they were unable to effectively penetrate the VVV defence and beat their former goalkeeper Niki Mäenpää who was in goal for the visitors. Despite a staggering 13 first half corner kicks, Adam Maher, Etiënne Reijnen, Viktor Elm and Roy Beerens were all unable to capitalise and nudge AZ into the lead.

VVV turn the tide
With a 0-0 scoreline at the break, VVV emerged in the second half with the belief that they could take something away from the game and it wasn’t long before they rattled the home side. They broke away at intervals causing AZ’s defence problems and Robert Cullen missed a golden opportunity when Esteban parried a Bryan Linssen shot. Shortly after, Barry Maguire opened the scoring for VVV after slotting home from a crowded penalty area making it 1-0.