AZ has Sunday a laborious victory booked at FC Groningen. The winning goal of the Alkmaarders fell in the extra time: 3-2.
Jonas Svensson celebrates his opening goal.
The home team was in the first half to be stronger than FC Groningen. Wout Weghorst, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Teun Koopmeiners got good opportunities, but scored not. Goalkeeper Sergio Padt distinguished themselves in behalf of the visitors. The Alkmaarders came just before half-time another good way. A good counter of FC Groningen led to a chance for Mike te Wierik, that the pole hit.
AZ came nine minutes after the rest deserved lead. Jonas Svensson shot the ball with his heel past behind Padt. It was the third seizoenstreffer of the Norwegian defender. Jahanbakhsh got then two chances to take the lead to be doubled, but the Iranian lap, both times next to it. Guus Lift was half way through the second half, however, accurate, in reference to Svensson.
Weghorst had the 3-0, but he worked the ball close to next to. Tom van Weert scored 20 minutes before time, but on the other side. FC Groningen went in the sequel to the hunt for the equalizer. That was created by Ritsu Doan. Eight minutes before time, threw the Japanese midfielder, beautiful touch from the edge of the zestienmetergebied. AZ ” there Jahanbakhsh found in the final Padt on his way, and Weghorst got a chance yet. The liberating hit was finally in the injury time made by Jahanbakhsh, that touch headed home after a corner kick: 3-2.
AZ is still the number three in the Eredivisie, behind PSV and Ajax. FC Groningen is thirteenth. NAC Breda may be that position to take over, if the people from the netherlands later on Sunday managed to win of Roda JC.