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Ten-man AZ hold off Udinese charge

Published: Thursday 15 March 2012, 21.05CET
Udinese Calcio 2-1 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 2-3)
Erik Falkenburg's fine strike just after the half-hour proved decisive as AZ advanced despite playing almost the whole game with ten men.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Stadio Friuli

Match statistics

UdineseAZ

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target11
 
3
Corners4
 
3
Offsides11
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
12
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 March 2012, 21.05CET

Ten-man AZ hold off Udinese charge

Udinese Calcio 2-1 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 2-3)
Erik Falkenburg's fine strike just after the half-hour proved decisive as AZ advanced despite playing almost the whole game with ten men.

Despite playing almost the entire game with ten men and seeing Antonio Di Natale's double cancel out their first-leg advantage inside 15 minutes, a fine Erik Falkenburg goal earned AZ Alkmaar a UEFA Europa League quarter-final spot at the expense of Udinese Calcio.

"We have to score as soon as possible," Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin said on the eve of the game, but even he could not have dreamt of a better start. The game was less than a minute old when Nick Viergever gave Di Natale a chance from the penalty spot, receiving his marching orders for his troubles. The striker capitalised and quickly added another as Udinese usurped the box seat; AZ and Falkenburg had other ideas, though.

Theirs was a triumph over adversity after Viergever was adjudged to have brought down Antonio Floro Flores with just over 50 seconds on the clock. Di Natale made no mistake from the spot; he was similarly clinical on 15 minutes after a sumptuous team move that culminated in Giovanni Pasquale volleying a cross from the left into the path of the forward at the back post.

Last week's 2-0 defeat in the Netherlands seemed to have been consigned to memory but the Eredivisie leaders were not done yet. On 31 minutes Falkenburg, in the side in place of the injured Maarten Martens after scoring his side's second in the first leg, repeated the trick. The playmaker controlled Simon Poulsen's pull-back from the left and sent a wonderful left-foot shot in the top corner of Samir Handanovič's goal.

Udinese tried hard to make the numerical advantage count in the second half but it was AZ who had a golden opportunity to close off the tie when Maurizio Domizzi fouled Brett Holman in the box. Rasmus Elm, however, fired over from the spot. Handanovič then kept Udinese alive with two brilliant saves to deny Jozy Altidore and Adam Maher, but the home side never managed to create similar opportunities at the other end.

Last updated: 25/09/14 5.49CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

az

AZ

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
34
EstebanEsteban (GK)
4
PazienzaMichele Pazienza
Yellow Card74
Substitution78
3
MarcellisDirk Marcellis
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale (C)
Goal3
Goal15
4
ViergeverNick Viergever
Red Card3
11
DomizziMaurizio Domizzi
Yellow Card63
8
MaherAdam Maher
Yellow Card65
17
BenatiaMedhi Benatia
Substitution11
10
FalkenburgErik Falkenburg
Goal31
Substitution83
20
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
15
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
24
EkstrandJoel Ekstrand
17
AltidoreJozy Altidore
Yellow Card55
27
ArmeroPablo Armero
20
ElmRasmus Elm
Penalty64
32
FerronettiDamiano Ferronetti
Substitution66
23
BeerensRoy Beerens
Substitution11
66
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Yellow Card90+3
25
MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
83
Floro FloresAntonio Floro Flores
27
HolmanBrett Holman
Substitution77

Substitutes

21
PadelliDaniele Padelli (GK)
21
HeijblokErik Heijblok (GK)
13
NeutonNeuton
6
ReijnenEtienne Reijnen
18
BattocchioChristian Battocchio
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Substitution77
23
AbdiAlmen Abdi
Substitution78
9
BoymansRuud Boymans
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Substitution11
Yellow Card39
14
KlavanRagnar Klavan
Substitution11
31
FabbriniDiego Fabbrini
Substitution66
26
OrtizCelso Ortiz
Substitution83
43
MarsuraDavide Marsura
36
MessaoudAli Messaoud

Coach

Francesco Guidolin (ITA) Gertjan Verbeek (NED)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Igor Radojčić (SRB)

Fourth official

Boško Jovanetić (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Vlado Glodjović (SRB), Milenko Vukadinović (SRB)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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