AZ Alkmaar has dropped their first points of the season after being held to a 0-0 draw by Vitesse Arnhem. 

Despite their early exit from Europe, AZ has been excellent so far in the league and went into the weekend sitting top on goal difference. However, Vitesse presented John van den Brom’s side with their toughest test so far.

The first-half was an even affair but the best chances fell to AZ with Myron Boadu going close before Eduardo saved well from Guus Til and Mats Seuntjens. The best chance for Vitesse fell to Bryan Linssen after a nice combination with Tim Matavz, but the winger’s shot was too weak to trouble Marco Bizot.

Boadu went close early in the second half after bursting into the box but his low strike drifted just wide of the post. At the other end, Ron Vlaar made an important block to deny Linssen.

Both managers made changes in order to push for a winner. John van den Brom brought in Bjørn Johnsen, Albert Gudmundsson and Dorin Rotariu, while Leonid Slutsky turned to Mitchell van Bergen, debutant Martin Ødegaard and Oussama Darfalou. However, neither side could break the deadlock.

In the final minute, AZ protested fiercely for a penalty but after consulting VAR, a corner was awarded instead of a spot kick against Thulani Serero for handball.

AZ move onto seven points but lose top spot to PSV. Vitesse are sixth with five points.

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