AZ has ended a tumultuous week with a draw against VVV-Venlo. The day after it was announced that four players of the A-selection were infected with the corona virus, the Alkmaarders gave away a 2-0 lead against the Venlo team in the final phase.
AZ has not yet won a game this season. All four games were drawn. The Alkmaarders have now also given away a lead of at least 2 goals for three consecutive matches. Earlier it became 4-4 against Sparta, after a 4-0 lead and 3-3 against Fortuna Sittard after a 1-3 lead.
AZ started the match in the AFAS Stadium very well. Already in the second minute it was hit for the home team. Jesper Karlsson, who came over from the Swedish IF Elfsborg this summer, scored his first goal for the Alkmaarders. The 22-year-old attacker brought in the ball from the side, but the ball surprisingly flew over goalkeeper Delano van Crooy and ended up in the goal.
After chances from Myron Boadu (in the side netting and on the crossbar), Calvin Stengs (save keeper) and again Karlsson (just wide), it was Stengs who brought it 2-0 on the scoreboard. The Orange-international left Van Crooy without a chance on a pass from Jonas Svensson.
With ten men on
AZ, with debutant Bruno Martins Indi in the starting line-up, dominated the first half, but faced a setback just before half time. Svensson hit Joshua John hard and got a direct red card from referee Christiaan Bax.