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Mintál goals give Nürnberg hope

Published: Thursday 6 December 2007, 0.19CET
1. FC Nürnberg 2-1 AZ Alkmaar Substitute Marek Mintál struck twice as Nürnberg came from behind late on to revive their Group A ambitions.
Mintál goals give Nürnberg hope
Nürnberg's Michael Beauchamp vies with Moussa Dembélé ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NürnbergAZ

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
3
Attempts off target12
 
5
Corners8
 
9
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed7
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 6 December 2007, 0.19CET

Mintál goals give Nürnberg hope

1. FC Nürnberg 2-1 AZ Alkmaar Substitute Marek Mintál struck twice as Nürnberg came from behind late on to revive their Group A ambitions.

Substitute Marek Mintál scored two late goals as 1. FC Nürnberg came from behind to defeat AZ Alkmaar and revive their hopes of qualifying from UEFA Cup Group A.

De Zeeuw opener
The Dutch visitors took the lead at the Frankenstadion with a strike from midfielder Demy de Zeeuw in the 29th minute, but Mintál – who had replaced Leon Benko in a tactical switch soon after – turned the tide in Nürnberg's favour by finding the net in the 83rd and 85th minutes to hand coach Hans Meyer a first win in the section. Both clubs retain contol of their own destiny going into the final round of fixtures on 20 December, when AZ entertain pool winners Everton FC and Nürnberg travel to point-less Larissa FC.

Nervous moments
AZ had given home goalkeeper Jaromír Blažek a couple of nervous moments before the Czech was beaten by De Zeeuw's low shot, the goal created by a raid down the right flank from Moussa Dembélé. Louis van Gaal's side came close to doubling their advantage before half-time as Kew Jaliens headed against the post after rising to meet a Sébastien Pocognoli free-kick awarded following a foul on the lively Dembélé.

Cool finish
The Bundesliga outfit had struggled to penetrate the AZ defence before Mintál did just that, twice. Another substitute, Ivan Saenko provided the assist for the equaliser by picking out his fellow substitute who smashed a shot from just inside the penalty area into the bottom-left corner. Two minutes later defender Dominik Reinhardt broke down the right flank and found Mintál with an intelligent pass. The Slovakia forward found space in the box and again beat goalkeeper Boy Waterman with a cool finish.

Last updated: 06/12/07 0.10CET

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Lineups

nürnberg

Nürnberg

az

AZ

29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
21
WatermanBoy Waterman (GK)
28
ReinhardtDominik Reinhardt
23
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
5
WolfAndreas Wolf
2
JaliensKew Jaliens (C)
3
BeauchampMichael Beauchamp
Yellow Card39
6
MendesDavid Mendes
22
EngelhardtMarco Engelhardt
4
OpdamBarry Opdam
Substitution73
6
GalásekTomáš Galásek (C)
Yellow Card71
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Goal29
24
KlugePeer Kluge
17
AgustienKemy Agustien
32
BenkoLeon Benko
Substitution38
5
PocognoliSébastien Pocognoli
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
Yellow Card50
Substitution90
10
CziommerSimon Cziommer
Yellow Card54
Substitution79
17
AdlerNicky Adler
Substitution61
29
PellèGraziano Pellè
Yellow Card75
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé

Substitutes

18
KlewerDaniel Klewer (GK)
16
RomeroSergio Romero (GK)
4
BertiGláuber Berti
7
JennerJulian Jenner
Substitution79
11
MintálMarek Mintál
Substitution38
Goal83
Goal85
12
KoendersMilano Koenders
Substitution73
Yellow Card81
13
SaenkoIvan Saenko
Substitution61
14
DonkRyan Donk
15
KristiansenJan Kristiansen
Substitution90
22
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
16
SchmidtRalf Schmidt
24
El HamdaouiMounir El Hamdaoui
36
MnariJawhar Mnari
25
VormerRuud Vormer

Coach

Hans Meyer (GER) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Peter Ekström (SWE), Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)

Fourth official

Ake Andreasson (SWE)

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