An unfortunate Peet Bijen own goal saw AZ pinch victory in Enschede.

  • By Michael Statham
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In a game that opened up in the second half, Twente will be disappointed to have dropped a deserved point so late in such cruel circumstances.

The first half offered little excitement, Robert Mühren saw his shot flicked wide by the fingertips of Twente goalkeeper Nick Marsman.

Enes Ünal gave a sign of things to come when he headed Mateusz Klich’s chipped cross towards goal, but was denied by Sergio Rochet.

The second half was a massive improvement from both sides. AZ continued to slide the ball about with ease and found the opening goal within a minute of the restart. Wout Weghorst ran onto Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s pass and tucked the ball under the advancing Marsman.

In response, Manchester City loanee Ünal had a goal correctly disallowed for offside before finally grabbing the equaliser once he powered in Jeroen van der Lely’s pull-back.

AZ could have won the game in the closing stages of the match but Marsman denied substitute Guus Til.

Instead, it was left to the unlucky Bijen to deflect in Thomas Ouwejan’s drilled cross to present AZ with an early Christmas present.

Seventh placed Twente now fall to four points behind tonight’s opponents, who sit fifth.

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