AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord drew 1-1 in the AFAS Stadion in a game marred by a bad ankle injury suffered by Myron Boadu in the first-half.

AZ went into the game looking to end their barren run against the traditional top three, but had to do so without an injured Ron Vlaar who was replaced by Ricardo van Rhijn, while Albert Gudmundsson made his first start. For Feyenoord, Sam Larsson retained his starting place, while Nicolai Jorgensen was back on the bench.

The home side began energetically and went close in the opening minutes through Oussama Idrissi who hammered the ball over the bar. In the fifth minute, Steven Berghuis gifted AZ the ball and after a swift counter, Myron Boadu crossed for Gudmundsson to slot in his first goal for AZ.

Feyenoord nearly equalised moments after the first goal but Tonny Vilhena’s close-range header was well kept out by Marco Bizot, who stretched out his leg to divert the ball to safety.

On the half-hour mark, AZ were dealt a big blow when Boadu went down from a challenge by Eric Botteghin with what looked like a snapped ankle, which will almost certainly end his campaign. The injury took some of the confidence away from AZ and Feyenoord equalised in the 34th minute as Berghuis slotted past Bizot.

Before the break, Vilhena fired a great chance over, while at the other end, Gudmundsson was denied a penalty after what looked like a trip by Tyrell Malacia.

Jonas Svensson and Ricardo van Rhijn both fired decent chances wide early in the second half as AZ looked the more likely side to find the winning goal. Adam Maher was brought on for his second AZ debut but the midfielder couldn’t help break the deadlock. At the other end, Nicolai Jorgensen made his return from injury but Feyenoord never really came close to snatching the three points.

Feyenoord remain third with ten points while AZ are fourth and a further two points behind.

 




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