A last minutes Adrian Dalmau strike earned Utrecht a 2-2 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the final Eredivisie game of the year.

The match was originally scheduled for September, but was postponed to give AZ Alkmaar more time to prepare for their Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev.

The match got off to a slow start and chances were few and far between. Teun Koopmeiners saw a free-kick saved, while Jesper Karlsson’s drive from close range was blocked.

AZ had more of the possession but it was Utrecht, who took the lead in the 30th minute. An excellent pass from Mark van der Maarel set Eljero Elia in on goal and he finished off after rounding Marco Bizot. The goal was allowed after a lengthy VAR check. Gyrano Kerk then nearly made it 2-0 before the break.

In the 64th minute, AZ were awarded a penalty after a handball and Teun Koopmeiners equalised. Calvin Stengs then scored a wonderful goal in the 83rd minute to put AZ ahead.

However, Utrecht pushed for an equaliser and in the 94th minute, Adrian Dalmau found it to deny AZ Alkmaar.

AZ miss the chance to go level with Vitesse and Feyenoord, remaining fifth. Utrecht are 10th.




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