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Gudmundsson earns AZ victory at Maccabi Haifa

Published: Thursday 19 September 2013, 23.00CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 0-1 AZ Alkmaar
Jóhann Gudmundsson squeezed in the only goal with 19 minutes remaining to earn the Eredivisie side victory in their Group L opener.
Gudmundsson earns AZ victory at Maccabi Haifa
Jóhann Gudmundsson scored the only goal against Maccabi ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

M. Haifa
AZ

0

Goals scored

1

48

Possession (%)

52

20

Total attempts

6

2

on target

2

10

off target

3

8

blocked

1

1

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

2

3

Offsides

1

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

11

Fouls committed

15

15

Fouls suffered

10

383

Passes

426

319

completed

336

Lineups

m. haifa

M. Haifa

az

AZ

33Šaranov (GK)1Esteban (GK)
3Scheimann2Johansson
7Boccoli4Viergever (C)
Substitution80
8Ezra7Gudmundsson
Goal70
10Rayo8Gudelj
17Turgeman
Yellow Card59
Substitution70
12Elm
Substitution63
19Abuhazira20Jóhannsson
20Katan (C)
Substitution69
23Beerens
Substitution63
21Keinan24Gouweleeuw
Yellow Card73
25Cocalić26Ortiz
Yellow Card28
27Meshumar
Substitution83
29Wuytens

Substitutes

22Edri (GK)16De Winter (GK)
6Abukrat5Gorter
Substitution80
11Vered
Substitution83
6Reijnen
12Ndlovu
Substitution69
Yellow Card73
10Overtoom
Substitution63
18Gabai11Martens
Substitution63
26Yadin
Substitution70
22Berghuis
29Pylyavskyi31van Overeem

Coaches

Ariel Benado (ISR) Gertjan Verbeek (NED)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Press kits

Last updated: 19/09/2013 23:25 CET

Standings

Group L

PPts
AZ Alkmaar AZ13
PAOK FC PAOK13
FC Shakhter Karagandy Shakhter10
Maccabi Haifa FC M. Haifa10
Last updated: 21/09/2013 01:06 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
  
Published: Thursday 19 September 2013, 23.00CET

Gudmundsson earns AZ victory at Maccabi Haifa

Maccabi Haifa FC 0-1 AZ Alkmaar
Jóhann Gudmundsson squeezed in the only goal with 19 minutes remaining to earn the Eredivisie side victory in their Group L opener.

AZ Alkmaar opened their UEFA Europa League Group L campaign with a 1-0 win at Maccabi Haifa FC.

Maccabi Haifa, who have come this far from the second qualifying round, had their chances against last season's Dutch Cup winners but were unable to provide the finishing touch. They were duly made to pay for their profligacy with 19 minutes left, Jóhann Gudmundsson registering the decisive strike for AZ.

Looking to make it through this stage for the first time since 2006/07, Maccabi Haifa had started in sprightly fashion. Though they enjoyed the better of the opening period, Ariel Benado's side created little more than half-chances. Rayo, the hosts' lively No10, was first to provide visiting keeper Esteban with a genuine test just after the half-hour. Hen Ezra then assumed the mantle, twice threatening to break the deadlock before the interval.

It looked destined to be a similar story after the break, Alon Turgeman and Willie Overtoom threatening for their respective sides but failing to hit the target. When the breakthrough did arrive, it had more than a hint of fortune. Nick Viergever's cross seemed to have been under-hit but found its way to Gudmundsson, whose first-time effort squirmed between the legs of Maccabi Haifa goalkeeper Bojan Šaranov.

Though Gustavo Boccoli hit the bar moments later, Dekel Keinan headed narrowly wide and Shimon Abuhazira also went close, it was not to be the home team's night. They will hope to be more clinical at FC Shakhter Karagandy on 3 October, when AZ host PAOK FC.

Last updated: 21/09/13 0.04CET

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