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AZ secure second spot

Published: Thursday 15 December 2005, 22.10CET
AZ Alkmaar 1-0 Grasshopper-Club A second-half Danny Koevermans goal gave AZ victory over Grasshoppers, but they stay second in Group D.

Match statistics

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Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
11
Corners1
 
1
Offsides5
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 15 December 2005, 22.10CET

AZ secure second spot

AZ Alkmaar 1-0 Grasshopper-Club A second-half Danny Koevermans goal gave AZ victory over Grasshoppers, but they stay second in Group D.

A second-half goal from Danny Koevermans handed AZ Alkmaar a 1-0 win against Grasshopper-Club but was not enough to seal top spot in UEFA Cup Group D as Middlesbrough FC also won.

Energetic Van Galen
Koevermans kept his cool late on to ensure Grasshoppers bow out of the competition after losing all four group games. The Dutch side's goalscorer could have actually broken the deadlock on just seven minutes when 35-year-old midfielder Barry van Galen made an incisive run down the left and crossed to the near post, but Koevermans was unable to turn the ball in.

Schwegler injury
The Swiss side's defensive midfield player Roland Schwegler was helped off in a daze after colliding with AZ goalkeeper Henk Timmer on 16 minutes. His replacement, Veroljub Salatic, took just seconds to make his presence felt, swivelling to fire a low shot that Timmer reacted well to save with his right foot.

Renggli chance
Even though his side had no chance of going through, visiting coach Hanspeter Latour picked a strong lineup, and they gradually gained the initiative. The best chance of the first half fell to Grasshoppers' Michel Renggli in the 35th minute after Antonio played him in with a delicious disguised pass from the left flank, but Timmer went quickly down to his left to save.

Set-piece magic
Two minutes before the break AZ's Dutch international Denny Landzaat stung Coltorti's hands with a low drive from the edge of the area, and 60 seconds later Timmer was called into action at the other end to tip behind an Antonio free-kick. The impressive Antonio went even closer on 55 minutes, rattling the crossbar with a 30 metre free-kick.

Colforti mistake
The breakthrough finally came in the 70th minute, when goalkeeper Fabio Coltorti came out for and missed a long ball, and full-back Kew Jaliens squared for Koevermans to tap into the empty net.

Last updated: 16/12/05 0.12CET

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Lineups

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AZ

grasshoppers

Grasshoppers

1
TimmerHenk Timmer (GK)
1
ColtortiFabio Coltorti (GK)
2
JaliensKew Jaliens
Yellow Card61
4
SchweglerRoland Schwegler
Substitution17
3
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
13
DenicolàLuca Denicolà
Yellow Card21
5
De ClerTim de Cler
24
JaggyKim Jaggy
Yellow Card49
18
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
Substitution65
8
RenggliMichel Renggli
6
LandzaatDenny Landzaat (C)
15
CabanasRicardo Cabanas (C)
14
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Substitution73
26
A. MitreskiAleksandar Mitreski
24
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
30
AntónioAntónio
15
SektiouiTarik Sektioui
7
TouréDemba Touré
10
Van GalenBarry van Galen
Yellow Card56
Substitution65
11
RogerioRogerio
Substitution87
21
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
Goal70
32
SutterScott Sutter

Substitutes

16
ZwarthoedTheo Zwarthoed (GK)
18
JehlePeter Jehle (GK)
4
OpdamBarry Opdam
Substitution65
3
HürlimannIgor Hürlimann
7
ArveladzeShota Arveladze
5
ChihabTariq Chihab
Substitution87
9
HuysegemsStein Huysegems
Substitution65
14
PavlovicDusan Pavlovic
11
PerezKenneth Perez
29
LuetolfMarc Luetolf
17
MeerdinkMartijn Meerdink
35
SalaticVeroljub Salatic
Substitution17
19
RamziAdil Ramzi
Substitution73

Coach

Louis van Gaal (NED) Hanspeter Latour (SUI)

Referee

Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

Assistant referees

Jean-Philippe Izzo (FRA), Jean-Paul Harribey (FRA)

Fourth official

Bruno Ruffray (FRA)

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