AZ Alkmaar are safely into the next round of the Europa League after beating PAS Giannina 2-1 in Athens. John van den Brom’s side progress 3-1 on aggregate.

az ginaLeading 1-0 from the first leg, AZ got off to the worst possible start as Pedro Conde headed past Sergio Rochet to give the home side the lead and level the tie after only nine minutes.

However, just before the half hour mark Dabney Dos Santos finished Alireza Jahanbakhsh cross to make it 1-1 and seven minutes later Derrick Luckassen burst into the box before lashing into the net to make it 2-1 at the break.

Giannina went into the second half needing to score three goals but they barely threatened to even equalise on the night and AZ Alkmaar comfortably held on to reach the next round. AZ will be in Friday’s draw for the play-off round and will be seeded.

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