AZ Alkmaar ended a dramatic few days with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to PEC Zwolle.

The home side went into the game looking to make up for their horrible performance in midweek as they were crushed 7-1 by Lyon in the Europa League.

John van den Brom made changes for the match with Ron Vlaar, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Fred Friday among those dropping out of the starting line-up. The hosts did dominate the first half but couldn’t find a goal with Wout Weghorst denied by Mickey van der Hart, who also saved a Derrick Luckassen free kick.

The home crowd weren’t satisfied by what they saw and their mood got worse early in the second half when a PEC Zwolle corner resulted in Ryan Thomas hammering the ball into the net to make it 1-0.

PEC Zwolle then had their chances to make it 2-0 but didn’t take them and in the final ten minutes Levi Garcia set up Fred Friday for a tap-in which rescued a point for AZ.

AZ remain 5th in the table and must pick themselves up for the KNVB Cup semi-final against Cambuur in midweek. PEC Zwolle are 13th.

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