After sacking Arne Slot on Saturday, AZ Alkmaar tasted their first defeat in the Eredivisie on Sunday. After being reduced to nine-men, AZ lost 2-1 at home to Groningen.

All was going well in Alkmaar as the 1-1 draw against Napoli on Thursday left AZ a win away from the Europa League knockout rounds. Then on Friday, reports came out that Feyenoord was hoping to appoint Arne Slot at the end of the season, and that talks had already taken place. AZ reacted by sacking their head coach on Saturday, with Pascal Jansen taking charge on Sunday.

AZ got off to a good start and in the 21st minute, Teun Koopmeiner netted from close range after Bruno Martins Indi headed the ball across goal.

AZ were comfortable but ten minutes into the second half, Fredrik Midtso was sent off for his second yellow card. From that point it was all Groningen with Patrick Joosten hitting the post.

In the 69th minute, Ahmed El Messaoudi netted Joosten’s cross to make it 1-1. Five minutes later, El Messaoudi found the bottom corner from range to put Groningen ahead.

In the 85th minute, Martins Indi was also shown his second yellow card, while in injury time, Mo El Hankouri was sent off for Groningen.

AZ are defeated for the first time in the Eredivisie this season and they are 8th in the table. On Thursday, they face HNK Rijeka in a must win Europa League game. Groningen rises to sixth with the victory.




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