Vitesse Arnhem held on with ten-men to claim a 2-1 victory over AZ Alkmaar.

The news before the game was dominated by Riechedly Bazoer, who was dropped from the Vitesse squad after an incident in training. Enzo Cornelisse replaced him in the line-up. AZ matched Vitesse’s formation with Dani de Wit coming into the starting line-up.

The first big chance fell to Vitesse in the 16th minute but both Matus Bero and Lois Openda could not find a way past Marco Bizot. In the 31st minute, Openda did make it 1-0 after a good cross from Ali Dasa on the right-wing.

AZ tried to respond before the break but Owen Wijndal fired over before Jonas Svensson hit the post. Early in the second-half, Calvin Stengs had a great chance to equalise but saw his effort cleared from the line.

In the 72nd minute, Jacob Rasmussen doubled Vitesse’s lead with a header from a free-kick. However, seven minutes later, Cornelisse was shown a straight red-card for bringing down Myron Boadu.

AZ quickly pulled one back through Jesper Karlsson, but they could not find the equaliser before the end.

Vitesse’s win moves them to within a point of AZ Alkmaar, who remains third.

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