Ron Vlaar scored the only goal as AZ Alkmaar defeated Groningen 1-0 to move three points clear of Feyenoord in third.

The clash between two of the Eredivisie’s in-form teams was expected to be a fine spectacle. However, the first-half was a disappointment with chances few and far between. Calvin Stengs had the best opportunity but shot wide.

AZ were the better team after the break and eventually they got their goal twenty minutes from time. A corner was nodded into the bottom corner by Ron Vlaar.

Groningen pushed for an equaliser but Marco Bizot was barely troubled before the end as AZ held on to move three points clear in third.

Groningen suffer defeat for the first time since the end of January and remain 10th.

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