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Defiant GAK claim their place

Published: Wednesday 15 December 2004, 23.55CET
Grazer AK 2-0 AZ Alkmaar GAK inflict a first defeat on the Group F winners to earn their spot in the last 32.

Match statistics

GAKAZ

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 15 December 2004, 23.55CET

Defiant GAK claim their place

Grazer AK 2-0 AZ Alkmaar GAK inflict a first defeat on the Group F winners to earn their spot in the last 32.

Grazer AK reached the last 32 of the UEFA Cup with a comfortable 2-0 home win against Group F leaders AZ Alkmaar.

First defeat
René Aufhauser's first-half strike and Roland Kollmann's 54th-minute penalty ensured the Austrian title-holders inflicted a first group defeat on their Dutch opponents. Combined with AJ Auxerre's 2-0 victory at Rangers FC, it meant that GAK qualified alongside group winners Alkmaar and Auxerre, while Rangers, second before kick-off, missed out.

On form
Both teams came into the game on the back of good wins in domestic competition. Aufhauser and defender Anton Ehmann, both suspended for the 5-2 success against VfB Admira Wacker Mödling, returned to the side, while the visitors again picked Henk Timmer in goal despite his injured foot.

GAK attack
With their needs the greater, the hosts started on the offensive. After just two minutes Croatian striker Mario Bazina hit a thunderous 25-metre volley which Timmer dived at full length to stop.

AZ awaken
GAK dominated in midfield, but the final ball was missing, and after a while they appeared to run out of steam. Alkmaar sought to capitalise, Tarik Sektioui coming into the game on the right. On 24 minutes the Moroccan winger skipped inside but failed to hit his shot with any conviction.

Timmer heroics
GAK responded, and on the half-hour Timmer had to be at his best to deny them. Ehmann met Martin Amerhauser's left-wing corner with a towering header which the goalkeeper did well to parry, and from the follow-up, the 33-year-old used his right foot to block Bazina's low volley.

Opening goal
AZ's defence seemed capable of dealing with everything, yet it was a defensive slip which led to the first goal on 41 minutes. Amerhauser's low centre from the left appeared innocuous, but when Jan Kromkamp miscued his clearance, the ball fell perfectly for Aushauser to score from eleven metres.

Opdam scare
Robin Nelisse came on for Barry van Galen as Alkmaar reverted to a more familiar 4-4-2 formation at half-time, but GAK continued to find space in front of the visitors' defence. On 48 minutes Barry Opdam survived a penalty appeal as Bazina went down under his challenge deep inside the Alkmaar area.

Kollmann keen
It was a warning the defender failed to heed, and when he got caught the wrong side of the speedy Croatian again five minutes later, the referee spotted a trip and pointed to the spot. The tireless Kollmann crowned his night's efforts by sending Timmer the wrong way with his conversion.

GAK caution
GAK briefly pressed for a third, Samir Muratovic testing Timmer along the ground, but with a two-goal margin here, and at Ibrox in Auxerre's favour ensuring his side's safe passage, GAK coach Walter Schachner opted for risk limitation.

Mission accomplished
Substitute Alen Škoro almost extended GAK's lead, but in the end there was no spoiling the party as GAK qualified for the next round in third place.

Last updated: 16/12/04 11.07CET

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Lineups

gak

GAK

az

AZ

1
SchranzAndreas Schranz (GK)
1
TimmerHenk Timmer (GK)
2
PötscherGregor Pötscher
Substitution85
2
KromkampJan Kromkamp
4
TokićMario Tokić
4
OpdamBarry Opdam
Yellow Card53
Substitution60
5
EhmannAnton Ehmann (C)
5
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
7
StandfestJoachim Standfest
6
LandzaatDenny Landzaat (C)
8
MuratovićSamir Muratović
9
HuysegemsStein Huysegems
11
AmerhauserMartin Amerhauser
11
SektiouiTarik Sektioui
18
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
15
De ClerTim de Cler
20
AufhauserRené Aufhauser
Goal41
18
BuskermolenMichael Buskermolen
22
BazinaMario Bazina
Substitution79
20
Van GalenBarry van Galen
Substitution46
28
KollmannRoland Kollmann
Goal54
Substitution69
21
PerezKenneth Perez
Substitution72

Substitutes

13
AlmerFranz Almer (GK)
24
ZwarthoedTheo Zwarthoed (GK)
10
ŠkoroAlen Škoro
Substitution69
3
JaliensKew Jaliens
Substitution60
19
DollingerMatthias Dollinger
Substitution85
7
ElkhattabiAli Elkhattabi
Substitution72
21
HasslerDominic Hassler
8
LindenberghOlaf Lindenbergh
23
SickGernot Sick
Substitution79
10
RamziAdil Ramzi
24
ErkingerStefan Erkinger
12
ReiniJuha Reini
25
MajstorovićMario Majstorović
19
NelisseRobin Nelisse
Substitution46

Coach

Walter Schachner (AUT) Co Adriaanse (NED)

Referee

Anton Genov (BUL)

Assistant referees

Nikola Dzhuganski (BUL), Ventsislav Gavrilov (BUL)

Fourth official

Tsvetan Georgiev (BUL)

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