AZ Alkmaar were held to a 0-0 draw by VVV Venlo in the AFAS Stadion on Saturday evening.

VVV went into the game as underdogs after their 3-0 loss against Willem II in midweek, but they frustrated an AZ side, who hammered FC Twente 4-0 last time out.

AZ dominated possession in the first half but couldn’t create chances. The best opportunities fell to the visitors on the counter but Romeo Castelen and┬áLennart Thy couldn’t find the opener.

In the second half, AZ were far more dangerous. Wout Weghorst sent a shot into the side netting just after the restart, while Mats Seuntjens forced Lars Unnerstall into a good save.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh had a rare off day, but the winger presented Joris van Overeem with an excellent opportunity that the midfielder poked wide. In injury time, Ricardo van Rhijn had a great chance to win it, but couldn’t beat Unnerstall as VVV held on for a point.

AZ remain third but could fall seven points behind Ajax on Sunday. VVV are tenth.

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