Alireza Jahanbakhsh is living with an excellent feel to the cup final on Sunday against Feyenoord. The attacker of AZ made Wednesday against Vitesse (4-3) a hattrick and is therefore top scorer of the Eredivisie.
“It was the first hattrick in my career,” said the vleugelaanvaller against FOX Sports. “In the distant past I played as a striker, but even then I have never had a hattrick. Therefore, this gives me a special feeling.”
As the tradition prescribes, took Jahanbakhsh the ball to take home. “I have all players ask to have their signature on the ball to convert and there is something to write. This is really something special for me, something historic.”
Jahanbakhsh screwed his competitietotaal to eighteen hits, which he with still two matches to play at the top of the topscorersranglijst of the Premier league. In addition, the 24-year-old Iranian boy has twelve assists, only Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech did it with thirteen assists better.
“I’m incredibly happy,” said Jahanbakhsh. “Hopefully I can make Sunday in the cup final and in the last two matches played also a good performance.”
- 1. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ) – 18
- 2. Hirving Lozano (PSV) – 16
Fran Sol (Willem II) – 16
Wout Weghorst (AZ) – 16
- 5. Björn Johnsen (ADO Den Haag) – 15
- 6. Marco van Ginkel (PSV) -14
Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord) – 14
Bryan Linssen (Vitesse) – 14
By the victory at Vitesse AZ assured of third place and with it a ticket to the second qualifying round of the Europa League.
In the last two matches played with Ajax () and PEC Zwolle (home) has the team of trainer John van den Brom is still a small chance for the second place of Ajax to take over. The Amsterdammers, who Thursday night at home against VVV-Venlo play, currently have two points more than the Alkmaarders.
But first wait for AZ and Jahanbakhsh is still the cup final against Feyenoord in De Kuip. “It is good that we have the last match for the finals have won,” said the attacker. “It gives the team a lot of confidence. We are playing this season very good. Each contest once again, we create lots of chances and often know we have to win also.”
The cup final begins Sunday at 18.00 hrs and is under the direction of arbiter Björn Kuipers.