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Alkmaar ease into last eight

Published: Thursday 17 March 2005, 0.36CET
AZ Alkmaar 2-1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (agg: 5-2) Barry van Galen's goal sets up Alkmaar for a comfortable win.

Match statistics

AZShakhtar Donetsk

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 March 2005, 0.36CET

Alkmaar ease into last eight

AZ Alkmaar 2-1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (agg: 5-2) Barry van Galen's goal sets up Alkmaar for a comfortable win.

An early Barry van Galen goal effectively killed off FC Shakhtar Donetsk's slim hopes of a revival as AZ Alkmaar sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup for the first time since 1981.

Van Galen goal
The 34-year-old playmaker played a clever one-two with Kenneth Perez on the right-hand corner of the box on nine minutes, before unleashing a superb arcing shot past the flailing Jan Laštuvka and into the top corner. Martijn Meerdink doubled the advantage midway through the second half and although his goal was quickly cancelled out by Blumer Elano, Alkmaar eased to a 5-2 aggregate victory.

Slender hopes
Van Galen's goal was the perfect start for the home side and, following the Dutch team's 3-1 away victory in the first leg, it left Shakhtar, already without injured strikers Brandão and Zvonimir Vukic, requiring an unlikely three unanswered goals just to take the tie to extra time.

Tymoschuk absence
In the absence of those forwards, Mircea Lucescu brought in Elano and Olexiy Bielik to form a three-pronged attack with Julius Aghahowa, while Igor Duljaj replaced the suspended Anatoliy Tymoschuk. But it was another change from the first leg that made the first telling impact as Van Galen, restored to the starting lineup after suspension, broke the deadlock. He could have added another less than a minute later but miscontrolled the ball with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Adriaanse attack
Before the match, Alkmaar coach Co Adriaanse had declared his side would not play their usual attacking game. But the warning never bore much truth and on 22 minutes Tim de Cler, who caused Darijo Srna all manner of problems in the first leg, hinted at doing the same at the Alkmaarderhout as his low, rasping drive forced Laštuvka into an excellent save.

Shakthar struggle
The Czech goalkeeper was forced into action again eight minutes later, after Robin Nelisse had released Meerdink, while at the other end Shakhtar were showing little of the same cutting edge as the home team extinguished any incipient threat with ease.

Perez chance
The Ukrainian side were attempting to utilise their full-backs further up the flank but Srna and Razvan Rat were constantly pushed back, especially by De Cler. Indeed, it was the Alkmaar left-back who created the match's next real opening when his cute inside pass found Perez with half-time approaching, but the Danish striker's shot flashed past the far post.

Meerdink strike
With the match effectively won, the Dutch side eased off in a disjointed second half, but still managed to extend their lead on 65 minutes after a quick interchange between Nelisse and Perez released Meerdink, who stroked the ball in.

Elano consolation
Shakhtar pulled one back almost immediately when Brazilian striker Elano converted a near-post header after a rare foray into the Alkmaar penalty area, but it was too little, too late and the Dutch side sealed a place in Friday's draw.

Last updated: 17/03/05 12.11CET

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Lineups

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AZ

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

1
TimmerHenk Timmer (GK)
16
LaštůvkaJan Laštůvka (GK)
2
KromkampJan Kromkamp
9
MatuzalémMatuzalém (C)
5
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
Yellow Card63
17
AghahowaJulius Aghahowa
4
OpdamBarry Opdam
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
15
De ClerTim de Cler
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
6
LandzaatDenny Landzaat (C)
33
SrnaDarijo Srna
Substitution59
8
LindenberghOlaf Lindenbergh
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
Yellow Card54
20
Van GalenBarry van Galen
Goal9
Substitution75
2
BarcauanCosmin Barcauan
Yellow Card83
21
PerezKenneth Perez
Yellow Card12
Substitution85
6
DuljajIgor Duljaj
Yellow Card34
Substitution58
19
NelisseRobin Nelisse
Substitution75
20
BielikOlexiy Bielik
Substitution71
17
MeerdinkMartijn Meerdink
Goal65
36
ElanoElano
Yellow Card49
Goal66

Substitutes

24
ZwarthoedTheo Zwarthoed (GK)
12
ShutkovDmytro Shutkov (GK)
3
JaliensKew Jaliens
19
KulakovDenys Kulakov
Substitution59
18
BuskermolenMichael Buskermolen
37
Ivan SaraivaIvan Saraiva
10
RamziAdil Ramzi
Substitution85
7
João BatistaJoão Batista
7
ElkhattabiAli Elkhattabi
11
VorobeyAndriy Vorobey
Substitution71
9
HuysegemsStein Huysegems
Substitution75
38
JádsonJádson
Substitution58
11
SektiouiTarik Sektioui
Substitution75

Coach

Co Adriaanse (NED) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

Paulo Jorge Januario Leite Ribeiro (POR), Antonio Manuel Perdigao Da Silva (POR)

Fourth official

Bruno Paixão (POR)

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