AZ Alkmaar may have been reduced to ten men early in the second half but they held on to beat Roda JC 1-0 in Kerkrade.

jan rodAfter only five minutes the away side had the lead with Vincent Janssen heading in Joris van Overeem’s perfect cross.

The early goal allowed AZ to sit back and defend the lead and Roda JC struggled to find a way through their organised defence, with Hicham Faik denied by Sergio Rochet, while debutante Rydell Poepon fired wide from a good position.

Early in the second half Faik was denied by the woodwork, before AZ were reduced to ten men with Derick Luckassen receiving his second yellow card.

With the extra man Roda JC poured forward and the chances came, but Poepon shot wide, Buijs hit the post, and Tom Hyfte shot over the bar. In extra time Daniel de Silva’s strike was turned wide as AZ hung on to victory.

The win lifts AZ up to 10th, while Roda JC remain 15th.

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