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Altidore sets AZ on road to Malmö victory

Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 23.50CET
AZ Alkmaar 4-1 Malmö FF
Jozy Altidore's 30-metre strike set the Dutch side on their way to an excellent opening-day victory in UEFA Europa League Group G
Altidore sets AZ on road to Malmö victory
Jozy Altidore celebrates his opening goal for AZ ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AZMalmö

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners4
 
6
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
8
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group G

PPts
1AZ Alkmaar AZ13
2FC Metalist Kharkiv Metalist13
3FK Austria Wien Austria Wien10
4Malmö FF Malmö10
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 23.50CET

Altidore sets AZ on road to Malmö victory

AZ Alkmaar 4-1 Malmö FF
Jozy Altidore's 30-metre strike set the Dutch side on their way to an excellent opening-day victory in UEFA Europa League Group G

AZ Alkmaar got their UEFA Europa League Group G campaign off to a great start, firing four goals past Malmö FF to maintain their excellent European home record.

United States striker Jozy Altidore found the target with a tremendous long-range strike 21 minutes in, and Rasmus Elm converted a penalty against his compatriots to make it 2-0 before Adam Maher's effort beat Johan Dahlin before the break. Brett Holman's great run and finish made it 4-0, with Daniel Larsson's reply from the spot little consolaton for Malmö.

It had been an even affair until Altidore chested down a clearance and unleashed a ferocious right-footed drive into the top corner from 30 metres. AZ dominated thereafter, with Elm side-footing into the top right corner from the spot after Ricardinho felled Roy Beerens. The game was effectively over before half-time, Maher controlling a headed clearance on his chest before shooting into the roof of the net on 39 minutes.

The pattern of AZ dominance continued after the break as Australian winger Holman capped off a great solo run from the left with a calm finish into the far corner four minutes after the restart.

Malmö striker Larsson was brought down by substitute Etienne Reijnen in the area and converted the penalty himself on 72 minutes, but it was too late to prevent an AZ victory. The Kaaskoppen have lost just twice in 44 UEFA home games; neither FK Austria Wien or FC Metalist Kharkiv will be relishing their Group G trip to the AZ Stadion.

Last updated: 17/09/11 0.12CET

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Lineups

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AZ

malmö

Malmö

34
EstebanEsteban (GK)
Yellow Card75
27
DahlinJohan Dahlin (GK)
3
MarcellisDirk Marcellis
2
VinzentsUlrich Vinzents
4
ViergeverNick Viergever
4
AnderssonDaniel Andersson (C)
8
MaherAdam Maher
Goal39
7
LarssonDaniel Larsson
Goal72
Substitution84
15
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
Substitution65
9
Wílton FigueiredoWílton Figueiredo
Substitution67
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
10
HamadJiloan Hamad
17
AltidoreJozy Altidore
Goal21
13
RanégieMathias Ranégie
Substitution56
20
ElmRasmus Elm
Goal32
15
JanssonPontus Jansson
23
BeerensRoy Beerens
Yellow Card35
Substitution62
17
PekalskiIvo Pekalski
Yellow Card16
25
MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
Substitution70
20
RicardinhoRicardinho
Yellow Card31
27
HolmanBrett Holman
Goal49
21
DurmazJimmy Durmaz

Substitutes

21
HeijblokErik Heijblok (GK)
25
MelichárekDušan Melichárek (GK)
6
ReijnenEtienne Reijnen
Substitution70
Yellow Card71
5
MutavdžićMiljan Mutavdžić
Substitution56
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Substitution62
11
AubynnJeffrey Aubynn
14
KlavanRagnar Klavan
Substitution65
14
AlbornozMiiko Albornoz
26
OrtizCelso Ortiz
16
Yago Fernández Yago Fernández
35
BenschopCharlison Benschop
19
RexhepiDardan Rexhepi
Substitution84
36
MessaoudAli Messaoud
24
MehmetiAgon Mehmeti
Substitution67

Coach

Gertjan Verbeek (NED) Rikard Norling (SWE)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)

Fourth official

Ante Vučemilović (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Domagoj Vučkov (CRO), Goran Gabrilo (CRO)

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