AZ Alkmaar are still in the race for third after a 2-1 win over ADO Den Haag on Thursday.

henrik az djdjFeyenoord’s draw with Heracles on Tuesday meant a win for AZ would put the Alkmaar side within four points of third with two games left. After a decent start by John van den Brom’s side they took the lead on 21 minutes as Dabney Dos Santos sidestepped a rash challenge from Tom Beugelsdijk before finishing calmly past Martin Hansen.

Beugelsdjik made up for his error nine minutes later as his header from Edouard Duplan’s free kick drew the home side level. ADO Den Haag then came close to the lead in almost identical circumstances as Duplan found Timothy Derdijk in the box, but the

ADO Den Haag then came close to the lead in almost identical circumstances as Duplan found Timothy Derdijk in the box, but the defender’s header was brilliantly clawed away by Sergio Rochet. Minutes after the break Beugelsdijk nearly netted his second, but Joris van Overeem cleared off the line.

On 65 minutes AZ regained the lead as Ben Rienstra played Markus Henriksen through on goal and the midfielder calmly finished past Hansen. The visitors could have added further goals before the end, but Vincent Janssen sent a shot wide, while van Overeem failed to find Henriksen in a two-on-one break.

The victory maintains AZ’s lead over Utrecht in fourth, while ADO Den Haag remain 11th.




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