AZ Alkmaar defeated Fortuna Sittard 3-0 to earn their first victory in three games.

After the poor 2-0 defeat at home to Willem II last weekend, John van den Brom restored Ron Vlaar to the AZ defence, while Calvin Stengs started over Albert Gudmundsson.

AZ made a slow start and Lazaros Lamprou nearly netted with a header, but in the 13th minute the visitors took the lead. Oussama Idrissi played an excellent ball to Mats Seuntjens who fired in from close range.

Fortuna Sittard then created several chances to equalise but Mark Diemers was denied by Marco Bizot, while Lisandro Semedo and Lamprou both fired over.

AZ remained dangerous on the counter and in the 63rd minute, Idrissi made it 2-0 with a fierce strike after a swift move involving Stengs and Guus Til. Ten minutes from time, AZ sealed the victory through Til, who found the top corner with a shot from distance.

The victory eases the pressure on AZ and moves them level with Utrecht and Vitesse. Fortuna Sittard are 12th.

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