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Alkmaar breeze past Braga

Published: Thursday 19 October 2006, 23.00CET
AZ Alkmaar 3-0 SC Braga Shota Arveladze helped Alkmaar to yet another victory as the Dutch club continued their unbeaten run this season in fine style.

Match statistics

AZBraga

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners7
 
2
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed17
 
6
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 19 October 2006, 23.00CET

Alkmaar breeze past Braga

AZ Alkmaar 3-0 SC Braga Shota Arveladze helped Alkmaar to yet another victory as the Dutch club continued their unbeaten run this season in fine style.

AZ Alkmaar extended their unbeaten record from the start of the season with a comfortable 3-0 home victory against SC Braga.

Going well
This Group C success means the Dutch high-fliers remain undefeated after ten league and UEFA Cup matches. AZ went in front in the 37th minute through Shota Arveladze but had to wait until the closing stages to wrap things up as Danny Koevermans and Stijn Schaars both scored. AZ can now look forward with optimism to their next European assignment away to Grasshopper-Club on 2 November, the same night that SC Braga host SK Slovan Liberec.

Didulica save
The home side started strongly and combative midfielder Demy De Zeeuw fired wide from 20 metres in the ninth minute, before Simon Cziommer blazed over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area. In the 16th minute, Braga recorded the match's first effort on target when Maciel's shot was caught by AZ goalkeeper Joey Didulica.

Excellent save
Arveladze then spurned an opportunity to score when he headed wide from 12 metres and it was Braga who threatened next as Wender also missed the target. Didulica produced an excellent save to tip striker Marcel's effort around the post, before the home side finally took the lead as the in-form Arveladze, the AZ captain, slotted into the bottom corner of the net from 12 metres.

Injury woe
After the interval, Moussa Dembélé had the chance to double AZ's advantage but fired straight at Braga goalkeeper Paulo Santos. The Portuguese team, who had needed to replace Hugo Leal with João Pinto in the first half, suffered another injury blow when Wender made way for Césinha. Things only got worse for Braga as AZ made the game safe when Dembélé's cross was converted by Koevermans for his third goal in three games. The substitute had only been on the pitch for five minutes before scoring and his contribution did not end there as he then played in Schaars seven minutes later to score from the centre of the penalty area.

Last updated: 19/10/06 23.15CET

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Lineups

az

AZ

braga

Braga

1
DidulicaJoey Didulica (GK)
1
Paulo SantosPaulo Santos (GK)
Yellow Card33
2
JaliensKew Jaliens
3
Paulo JorgePaulo Jorge (C)
4
OpdamBarry Opdam
4
MaurícioMaurício
Yellow Card90
5
De ClerTim de Cler
6
Hugo LealHugo Leal
Substitution43
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
Goal79
Substitution80
13
Carlos FernandesCarlos Fernandes
9
ArveladzeShota Arveladze (C)
Goal36
Yellow Card41
Substitution72
15
WenderWender
Substitution56
10
CziommerSimon Cziommer
Substitution46
19
MacielMaciel
Substitution68
11
MartensMaarten Martens
20
Luís FilipeLuís Filipe
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
21
Ricardo ChavesRicardo Chaves
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
23
Andrés MadridAndrés Madrid
24
MendesDavid Mendes
Yellow Card25
29
MarcelMarcel

Substitutes

22
SinouhKhalid Sinouh (GK)
24
EduardoEduardo (GK)
15
MolhoekRogier Molhoek
Substitution80
10
João PintoJoão Pinto
Substitution43
19
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
Substitution72
Goal74
11
CésinhaCésinha
Substitution56
23
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
Substitution46
77
Zé CarlosZé Carlos
Substitution68
7
GudjónssonJóhannes Gudjónsson
14
CastanheiraCastanheira
27
JennerJulian Jenner
17
FrechautFrechaut
29
LensJeremain Lens
22
IrineuIrineu

Coach

Louis van Gaal (NED) Carlos Carvalhal (POR)

Referee

Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Assistant referees

Wojciech Gorgon (AUT), Markus Hameter (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Steiner (AUT)

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