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Clinical AZ punish wasteful Anderlecht

Published: Thursday 23 February 2012, 23.05CET
RSC Anderlecht 0-1 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 0-2)
Maarten Martens' 53rd-minute goal settled the tie as the Dutch visitors rode an early storm to book a last-16 meeting with Udinese Calcio.
by Chris Burke
from Constant Vanden Stock Stadium

Match statistics

AnderlechtAZ

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target9
 
5
Corners4
 
3
Offsides3
 
6
Fouls committed18
 
17
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 23 February 2012, 23.05CET

Clinical AZ punish wasteful Anderlecht

RSC Anderlecht 0-1 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 0-2)
Maarten Martens' 53rd-minute goal settled the tie as the Dutch visitors rode an early storm to book a last-16 meeting with Udinese Calcio.

Maarten Martens struck the telling blow in Brussels as AZ Alkmaar added a 1-0 away victory to their first-leg success to sweep past RSC Anderlecht and into the last 16.

The Belgian league leaders were positive from the start as they looked to cancel out Adam Maher's decider in the Netherlands, but after failing to convert a raft of chances they were punished eight minutes into the second half. Martens' deflected volley tightened AZ's grip on the tie and they held firm to set up a meeting with Udinese Calcio next month.

Roared on by the home support, Anderlecht exploded out of the blocks, with Dieudonné Mbokani having a shot intercepted in the first minute before forcing Esteban to save with his legs shortly after. Those efforts raised the crowd's volume even higher, but that was nothing compared to the wall of sound as Matías Suárez lashed a superb swerving volley against the base of a post from 25 metres.

AZ were rocking, but their neat passing gradually earned them a foothold; Charlison Benschop even managed their first attempt on target on 39 minutes. Maher speared narrowly wide for the Eredivisie club just before the interval after Anderlecht's Sacha Kljestan had drawn a sprawling save from Esteban with a free-kick.

The pulsating rhythm continued after the break as Milan Jovanović headed over for the hosts and Brett Holman tested Silvio Proto at the other end. AZ had warned that they carried a threat and they then proved it beyond all doubt when Martens volleyed Roy Beerens' cross from the right across goal and into the net via Marcin Wasilewski.

Suddenly Anderlecht needed three goals and their intensity waned. Indeed, even when the hosts were able to unleash attempts, as they did through Jovanović and Guillaume Gillet late on, Esteban did the rest, leaving Ariël Jacobs' men to rue those missed early chances.

Last updated: 25/09/14 6.32CET

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Lineups

anderlecht

Anderlecht

az

AZ

1
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
34
EstebanEsteban (GK)
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
Substitution60
3
MarcellisDirk Marcellis
Yellow Card33
Substitution55
5
BigliaLucas Biglia (C)
4
ViergeverNick Viergever
9
SuárezMatías Suárez
8
MaherAdam Maher
11
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
11
MartensMaarten Martens
Yellow Card51
Goal53
Substitution74
16
KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
15
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
19
KljestanSacha Kljestan
Yellow Card51
20
ElmRasmus Elm
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
Yellow Card59
23
BeerensRoy Beerens
25
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
Yellow Card69
25
N. MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
Yellow Card83
27
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
Yellow Card77
27
HolmanBrett Holman
30
GilletGuillaume Gillet
35
BenschopCharlison Benschop
Substitution44

Substitutes

28
CordierMichaël Cordier (GK)
21
HeijblokErik Heijblok (GK)
6
MbenzaBedi Mbenza
6
ReijnenEtienne Reijnen
Substitution55
8
OdoiDenis Odoi
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
10
KanuKanu
10
FalkenburgErik Falkenburg
Substitution74
14
KabanguPatou Kabangu
Substitution60
14
KlavanRagnar Klavan
37
LukakuJordan Lukaku
17
AltidoreJozy Altidore
Substitution44
55
Fernando CanesinFernando Canesin
26
OrtizCelso Ortiz

Coach

Ariël Jacobs (BEL) Gertjan Verbeek (NED)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Hugo Miguel (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Manuel De Sousa (POR), Duarte Gomes (POR)

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