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Betis break AZ resolve

Published: Wednesday 15 February 2006, 23.25CET
Real Betis Balompié 2-0 AZ Alkmaar Late goals from Brazilian pair Diego Tardelli and Robert gave the Spanish side a healthy first-leg lead.

Match statistics

BetisAZ

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
1
Corners6
 
4
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed3
 
8
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 15 February 2006, 23.25CET

Betis break AZ resolve

Real Betis Balompié 2-0 AZ Alkmaar Late goals from Brazilian pair Diego Tardelli and Robert gave the Spanish side a healthy first-leg lead.

Brazilian pair Diego Tardelli and Robert were both on target as two late goals earned Real Betis Balompié a healthy first-leg lead against AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

Brazilian boost
Betis struggled to create clear chances against a determined and disciplined AZ defence, but substitute Tardelli broke the deadlock just seven minutes after coming on in the second half at the Manuel Ruíz de Lopera. His compatriot Robert finished the job with a fine finish to wrap up a win that had always looked likely after Edu struck a powerful shot just wide from the edge of the penalty area on three minutes. Arzu García then headed over before AZ began to find their feet as veteran Barry van Galen narrowly missed the target, and Betis goalkeeper Pedro Contreras was forced to beat out a shot from Demy de Zeeuw.

Varela miss
The home team made the better start to the second half with Fernando Varela sending a header over and Edu again trying his luck from distance only to see his effort fly just wide. The teams were cancelling each other out and chances were few and far between before both coaches decided to make changes - Van Galen was replaced by Stein Huysegems for AZ, while Tardelli came on for Dani Martín.

Tardelli introduced
The latter wasted little time in making an impact as he collected a pass from Joaquín Sánchez on 70 minutes and struck a confident shot beyond the reach of Henk Timmer. Robert soon doubled the Betis advantage, pouncing on a loose ball and slotting in from eight metres. Edu could have made it three before the final whistle, but a two-goal advantage may yet prove enough for Betis to progress to the last 16 when the teams meet at the Alkmaarderhout next Thursday.

Last updated: 18/02/06 20.42CET

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Lineups

betis

Betis

az

AZ

1
ContrerasPedro Contreras (GK)
Yellow Card22
1
TimmerHenk Timmer (GK)
2
Luis FernándezLuis Fernández
2
JaliensKew Jaliens
4
JuanitoJuanito (C)
3
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
6
DaniMartín Dani
Substitution63
5
De ClerTim de Cler
Yellow Card51
8
ArzuArzu
6
LandzaatDenny Landzaat (C)
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution87
7
S. ArveladzeShota Arveladze
18
RiveraAlberto Rivera
10
Van GalenBarry van Galen
Substitution64
24
EduEdu
11
PerezKenneth Perez
7
VarelaFernando Varela
17
MeerdinkMartijn Meerdink
Substitution80
27
MelliMelli
Yellow Card52
18
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
29
RobertRobert
Goal79
Substitution80
25
MolhoekRogier Molhoek
Substitution32

Substitutes

13
DoblasAntonio Doblas (GK)
16
ZwarthoedTheo Zwarthoed (GK)
5
RivasDavid Rivas
4
OpdamBarry Opdam
10
CañasJuan José Cañas
9
HuysegemsStein Huysegems
Substitution64
16
NanoNano
14
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Substitution32
19
Óscar LópezÓscar López
Substitution87
20
IkediaPius Ikedia
Substitution80
28
DiegoTardelli Diego
Substitution63
Goal70
21
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
26
IsraelBascón Israel
Substitution80
23
SchaarsStijn Schaars

Coach

Lorenzo Serra Ferrer (ESP) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Vladislav Khodeev (RUS), Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksandr Gvardis (RUS)

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