AZ Alkmaar are through to the Europa League play-offs after a 2-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey saw them sail through 4-1 on aggregate.

az basakseLeading 2-0 from the first leg, AZ Alkmaar knew an away goal would seal the tie and after 21 minutes Markus Henriksen kept his cool at the back post, following a corner, to fire the Dutch side in front.

Basaksehir then needed four goals to reach the next round, and after Sokol Cikalleshi struck the crossbar, Doka Madureira drew the home side level just before the break.

In the second half the Turkish side forced Sergio Rochet into two good saves, but 15 minutes from time Joris van Overeem fired AZ Alkmaar back in front after a nice combination with Dabney dos Santos.

AZ held on comfortably to the end and they will now be alongside Ajax in Friday’s play-off draw.




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