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AZ through, Liberec made to wait

Published: Thursday 30 November 2006, 0.28CET
AZ Alkmaar 2-2 FC Slovan Liberec The Dutch hosts booked their passage after twice coming from behind to leave Liberec on tenterhooks.
AZ through, Liberec made to wait
AZ's Shota Arveladze and Danny Koevermans celebrate ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AZLiberec

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
2
Corners9
 
3
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed9
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 30 November 2006, 0.28CET

AZ through, Liberec made to wait

AZ Alkmaar 2-2 FC Slovan Liberec The Dutch hosts booked their passage after twice coming from behind to leave Liberec on tenterhooks.

AZ Alkmaar booked their place in the UEFA Cup Round of 32 after twice coming from behind to draw with an FC Slovan Liberec side who must wait a fortnight to see if four points will be sufficient to advance alongside the Dutch club.

Supremacy
Petr Papoušek's late goal looked to have claimed the spoils which would have sealed the Czech champions' qualification, but Julian Jenner's last-minute strike cancelled out his effort just as team-mate Grétar Steinsson (69) had done following Tomáš Zápotočný's 26th-minute opener. AZ and holders Sevilla FC will now compete for section supremacy on 14 December, when Liberec must hope point-less Grasshopper-Club hold SC Braga to at least a draw in Portugal.

Surprise lead
The match began at a slow pace as both teams failed to produce a meaningful attack until midway through the first half when Jan Blažek's right-footed attempt was beaten away by AZ goalkeeper Khalid Sinouh. Danny Koevermans headed over for the home side from a Stijn Schaars corner and Winston Parks was denied by Sinouh before the visitors took a surprise lead through Zápotočný - the defender rising unmarked near the penalty spot to nod in Daniel Pudil's right-wing corner.

Headed equaliser
Moussa Dembélé looked to hit back instantly for AZ, but saw his shot easily saved by Liberec keeper Marek Čech shortly after firing a similar effort the wrong side of the upright. AZ did draw level with 21 minutes left as Steinsson scored with a header from the edge of the area. Pavel Koštál then went close to restoring Liberec's advantage before Papoušek did just that with a neat finish from outside the box. The drama was not over, though, and Liberec were denied a passage into the knockout rounds in the 89th minute when substitute Jenner connected perfectly with a pinpoint Maarten Martens pass to make it 2-2.

Last updated: 30/11/06 9.54CET

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Lineups

az

AZ

liberec

Liberec

22
SinouhKhalid Sinouh (GK)
Substitution38
24
M. ČechMarek Čech (GK)
4
OpdamBarry Opdam
5
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný (C)
Goal26
5
De ClerTim de Cler
7
BílekJiří Bílek
7
GudjónssonJóhannes Gudjónsson
14
KoštálPavel Koštál
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
15
ParksWinston Parks
Substitution79
9
S. ArveladzeShota Arveladze (C)
17
JanůTomáš Janů
11
MartensMaarten Martens
19
ŠinglárPeter Šinglár
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Yellow Card45+2
Substitution78
20
FrejlachTomáš Frejlach
19
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
Substitution59
23
PapoušekPetr Papoušek
Goal85
Substitution89
23
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
Goal70
26
PudilDaniel Pudil
24
MendesDavid Mendes
28
BlažekJan Blažek
Yellow Card79
Substitution89

Substitutes

26
BultersJob Bulters (GK)
Substitution38
16
BolekPetr Bolek (GK)
27
JennerJulian Jenner
Substitution59
Goal89
10
HodúrIvan Hodúr
Substitution89
29
LensJeremain Lens
Substitution78
11
PospěchZbyněk Pospěch
Substitution79
3
LuirinkGijs Luirink
25
DohnálekJakub Dohnálek
Substitution89
10
CziommerSimon Cziommer
6
HamouzJosef Hamouz
17
MeerdinkMartijn Meerdink
21
RehákDaniel Rehák
25
VormerRuud Vormer
29
HolendaJan Holenda

Coach

Louis van Gaal (NED) Vítězslav Lavička (CZE)

Referee

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Assistant referees

Alan Cunningham (SCO), George Drummond (SCO)

Fourth official

Brian Winter (SCO)

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