AZ Alkmaar are almost certain of a place in the Europa League group stages after a 3-0 win over Vojvodina in Serbia.

wuytens will vejThe hosts made a strong start to the match with former Ajax winger Dejan Meleg causing problems for the AZ defence, while Babic couldn’t find the net with only Sergio Rochet to beat. After surviving the opening half hour, AZ began to get a foothold in the game and on 32 minutes a Levi Garcia cross was headed in by Stijn Wuytens to give the Dutch side the lead. On the stroke of half-time, it was 2-0 with Markus Henriksen threading Fred Friday through on goal and the striker finished calmly for his first goal for the club.

Vojvodina failed to react in the second half and in the 80th minute AZ wrapped up the victory with Wuytens finding the net with a wonderful free-kick.

AZ now host the second leg next week knowing only a huge defeat can prevent them from reaching the group stage of the Europa League for the third straight year.

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