The corona virus struck at AZ last week – not for the first time this season. As a result, Teun Koopmeiners and Dani de Wit were missing from the match selection. In addition, trainer Pascal Jansen posted Myron Boadu on the bench.
Yet AZ manifested itself quite well in the first half against Fortuna Sittard. Although it did not add up to many great opportunities. Moreover, the game was also stopped for a long time because Timo Letschert retired with an apparently serious injury. In the end, the possibilities slowly came, but it was keeper Daniel van Osch who helped the home team in the saddle. After hatching wild, Albert Gudmundsson was allowed to moor from eleven meters and he did not fail.
Red card lioness
Without impressing, AZ seemed to have everything under control, but shortly after the break, the North Holland team ended up with ten men. Roman Leeuwin, who had replaced Letschert before half time, pulled the broken-through Sebastian Polter down and was allowed to come in.
AZ then took the defensive positions, but the visitors were unable to express that surplus situation in opportunities. The first goal danger came more than fifteen minutes after the red card and it was not a completed chance. Marco Bizot had to knock out a distance marker from Mats Seuntjes. Zian Flemming was a little closer to the goal a little later when he fired his shot, but this time too Bizot saved. The goalkeeper’s best save came ten minutes before the end on a free kick by Flemming with a cunning bounce.
In the final phase, AZ dug in completely and defended it with all its strength. Fortuna Sittard only failed to successfully pass through the red wall. AZ countered dangerously again in injury time, but Jelle Duin and Gudmundsson did not get the ball in.
Still, the points remained in Alkmaar and AZ is at least for a while the number two in the Eredivisie. PSV will play against Willem II on Sunday and can take over second place in a victory.
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