AZ Alkmaar have been knocked out of the Europa League after an 11-2 aggregate defeat to Lyon. The second leg on Thursday finished 7-1 to the French side, a record defeat for a Dutch side in Europe.

Highlights can be seen at the bottom of the article.

John van den Brom admitted in his pre-game press conference that he was hoping for a miracle to overturn the 4-1 defeat in Alkmaar last week. AZ were able to recall Ron Vlaar to the starting line-up after injury while Lyon made six changes to the eleven that easily won in the Netherlands.

Lyon were gifted an early lead when Ridgeciano Haps poor pass was seized upon by Nabil Fekir and he slotted past Tim Krul with only four minutes on the clock. On 17 minutes, Krul picked the ball out of his net once again, as Maxwell Cornet finished off a nice attack from the home side.

Levi Garcia gave AZ some hope on the night by netting on 26 minutes, but Lyon went straight down the other end and Fekir added his second of the night before Sergi Darder made it 4-1 before the break.

Vlaar was hooked at half-time after a torrid return and the second half showed signs of improvement for the visitors as both Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Garcia went close to scoring in the early stages. However, on 78 minutes, Fekir completed his hat-trick with a simple finish from close range. Before the end, Lyon completed the rout with both Houssem Aouar and Mouctar Diakhaby beating Krul.

AZ now have only the league and cup to concentrate on. This weekend they face PEC Zwolle in the Eredivisie before battling Cambuur for a place in the KNVB Cup final.

Ajax remain as the only Dutch side left in Europe.




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