AZ Alkmaar began their Europa Conference League campaign with a 1-0 win over Tuzla City.

Pascal Jansen handed Jens Odgaard his debut in attack, while Vangelis Pavlidis and Jordy Clasie were fit enough to start the clash against Tuzla City from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After 12 minutes, Odgaard was brought down in the box and Dani de Wit made it 1-0 from the penalty spot.

Milos Kerkez almost made it 2-0 before the break but the young left-back’s strike cannoned back off the crossbar. The hosts struggled to create much against a Tuzla City side that looked to frustrate.

Odgaard missed a good chance to make it 2-0 before the hour but that was a rare opportunity for AZ, who had to settle for a slender first leg win. Next week, AZ will look to finish the job and book a tie against Dundee United in the next round.

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