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AZ fightback floors Newcastle

Published: Friday 16 March 2007, 0.57CET
AZ Alkmaar 2-0 Newcastle United FC (agg: 4-4, AZ win on away goals) Shota Arveladze and Danny Koevermans both scored as AZ advanced deservedly.

Match statistics

AZNewcastle

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target2
 
6
Corners6
 
4
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed20
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 16 March 2007, 0.57CET

AZ fightback floors Newcastle

AZ Alkmaar 2-0 Newcastle United FC (agg: 4-4, AZ win on away goals) Shota Arveladze and Danny Koevermans both scored as AZ advanced deservedly.

AZ Alkmaar celebrated the 1,600th match in their history with a stirring 2-0 victory over Newcastle United FC that carried them into the UEFA Cup quarter-finals. Goals from strikers Shota Arveladze and Danny Koevermans undid the damage of last week's 4-2 first-leg loss in England as Louis van Gaal's side advanced on away goals.

Arveladze finish
AZ went into this game as the tournament's top scorers and did not take long to click into gear. Shay Given had already dived to keep out Julian Jenner's low effort when the Dutch team took the lead on 14 minutes, Koevermans delivering a low ball across goal from the right and Arveladze providing the close-range finish.

Slick passing
Newcastle almost replied instantly as Scott Parker lifted a shot just over from the edge of the area, but that was the only first-half threat from the visitors. AZ kept coming forward, dominating possession with their slick passing, and there was an anxious moment for Newcastle when the tricky Jenner went down under Paul Huntington's challenge as he broke into the box, but referee Bertrand Layec waved play on.

Dyer goes close
AZ menaced again straight after the restart as Moussa Dembélé blazed over but the hosts had an escape at the other end on 54 minutes when Kieron Dyer burst through on to Nolberto Solano's quick free-kick. After rounding Boy Waterman, however, the Newcastle midfielder shot past the far post from a narrow angle. How Dyer must have rued that miss two minutes later as Koevermans headed AZ's second goal from Maarten Martens' corner.

Chances aplenty
Chances now came and went for both sides. Koevermans' spectacular overhead attempt flew centimetres over, then Waterman stopped Parker's low drive. Glenn Roeder's team were enjoying more of the ball but still lived dangerously. On 72 minutes Jenner again got clear down the right yet was denied by Given. Moments later Koevermans rounded Given only for Steven Taylor to block his goalbound strike. Then Huntington headed off the line from Dembélé.

Newcastle odyssey over
With the clock ticking down, Obafemi Martins shot straight at Waterman from a promising position although AZ remained the likelier scorers, Given turning an Arveladze effort on to the post. For Newcastle, this was their first defeat in 14 European matches dating back to the UEFA Intertoto Cup in mid-July. Their long journey is over but AZ's adventure goes on.

Last updated: 16/03/07 10.24CET

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Lineups

az

AZ

newcastle

Newcastle

16
WatermanBoy Waterman (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
Yellow Card90
2
JaliensKew Jaliens
Yellow Card90+4
4
SolanoNolberto Solano
5
De ClerTim de Cler
Yellow Card89
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
Yellow Card33
23
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
27
TaylorSteven Taylor
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
32
HuntingtonPaul Huntington
Substitution86
14
DonkRyan Donk
8
DyerKieron Dyer
11
MartensMaarten Martens
Substitution90
22
ButtNicky Butt
Yellow Card90+4
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
17
ParkerScott Parker (C)
19
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
Goal56
Substitution84
11
DuffDamien Duff
Substitution59
9
S. ArveladzeShota Arveladze (C)
Goal14
20
SibierskiAntoine Sibierski
27
JennerJulian Jenner
Substitution80
9
MartinsObafemi Martins

Substitutes

26
BultersJob Bulters (GK)
12
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
3
LuirinkGijs Luirink
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Substitution59
4
OpdamBarry Opdam
Substitution84
7
LuqueAlbert Luque
6
BoukhariNourdin Boukhari
Substitution90
14
N'ZogbiaCharles N'Zogbia
Substitution86
25
VormerRuud Vormer
16
MilnerJames Milner
29
LensJeremain Lens
Substitution80
18
MooreCraig Moore
39
CarrollAndy Carroll

Coach

Louis van Gaal (NED) Glenn Roeder (ENG)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Eric Dansault (FRA), Eric Castellani (FRA)

Fourth official

Damien Ledentu (FRA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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