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AZ maintain unbeaten start in Group L

Published: Thursday 24 October 2013, 19.57CET
FC Shakhter Karagandy 1-1 AZ Alkmaar
The Eredivisie side claimed a point from the longest journey in the history of UEFA group stage competitions to maintain their unbeaten start in Group L.
AZ maintain unbeaten start in Group L
AZ celebrate the goal that kept them unbeaten in the group ©Dinara Baikadamova

Match statistics

ShakhterAZ

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)33
 
67
Total attempts10
 
11
on target5
 
3
off target2
 
7
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
21
Fouls suffered20
 
14

Standings

Group L

PPts
PAOK FC PAOK37
AZ Alkmaar AZ35
FC Shakhter Karagandy Shakhter32
Maccabi Haifa FC M. Haifa31
Last updated: 20/06/2014 00:27 CET

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Pts: Points   
Published: Thursday 24 October 2013, 19.57CET

AZ maintain unbeaten start in Group L

FC Shakhter Karagandy 1-1 AZ Alkmaar
The Eredivisie side claimed a point from the longest journey in the history of UEFA group stage competitions to maintain their unbeaten start in Group L.

AZ Alkmaar remain unbeaten in UEFA Europa League Group L after a 1-1 draw with FC Shakhter Karagandy in Astana.

The Kazakh side started brightly and forged ahead through Andrei Finonchenko's second goal in as many UEFA Europa League games. AZ were making the longest journey in the history of UEFA group stage competitions – around 4,400km – and earned a point to take back to the Netherlands thanks to Johann Gudmundsson's composed finish.

Without a win in their opening two matches, Shakhter set about securing their first triumph in determined fashion and could have scored twice in the opening three minutes. First, neat play around the edge of the AZ box released Gevorg Ghazaryan, but he could only fire straight at Esteban inside 55 seconds. Then, Sergei Khizhnichenko raced clear before failing to get the necessary purchase on his shot and allowing AZ's No1 to save easily low to his left.

Dick Advocaat's charges had been warned in open play, yet it was a long throw that proved their undoing. Gediminas Vičius' delivery from the right was flicked on by Nikola Vasiljević and Finonchenko was on hand at the back post to tap in from close range. AZ had rarely threatened, but they levelled against the run of play with their first attempt in the 26th minute. A sublime Mattias Johansson pass in behind Aldin Džidić was weighted perfectly for Gudmundsson to race onto, and the Iceland winger poked past the onrushing Aleksandr Mokin for his second goal in the competition.

The second half began in an almost identical manner to the first, but again Khizhnichenko was denied by Esteban's right arm when clear on goal. The Eredivisie side responded as they sought a third successive European away win, yet the spoils were ultimately shared after Aron Jóhannsson had an effort blocked and headed another harmlessly wide.

Last updated: 26/10/13 0.02CET

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Lineups

shakhter

Shakhter

az

AZ

35
MokinAleksandr Mokin (GK)
1
EstebanEsteban (GK)
Yellow Card59
3
VičiusGediminas Vičius
2
JohanssonMattias Johansson
4
VasiljevićNikola Vasiljević
Yellow Card59
4
ViergeverNick Viergever
14
FinonchenkoAndrei Finonchenko (C)
Goal11
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Goal26
17
PoryvaevAndrei Poryvaev
Yellow Card45+1
8
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
20
DžidićAldin Džidić
11
MartensMaarten Martens (C)
25
MaliySergei Maliy
Substitution76
20
JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
28
GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
23
BeerensRoy Beerens
87
SimčevićAleksandar Simčević
24
GouweleeuwJeffrey Gouweleeuw
88
CañasRoger Cañas
Substitution89
26
OrtizCelso Ortiz
91
KhizhnichenkoSergei Khizhnichenko
Substitution86
29
WuytensJan Wuytens

Substitutes

31
TkachukSergei Tkachuk (GK)
16
De WinterYves De Winter (GK)
7
BayzhanovMaksat Bayzhanov
Substitution89
3
MarcellisDirk Marcellis
19
TarasovYevgeni Tarasov
Substitution76
12
ElmViktor Elm
22
GabyshevMikhail Gabyshev
19
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
24
DarabayevAslan Darabayev
22
BerghuisSteven Berghuis
45
MurtazayevRoman Murtazayev
30
HapsRidgeciano Haps
78
ZenkovichIgor Zenkovich
Substitution86
44
AvdicDenni Avdic

Coach

Viktor Kumykov (RUS) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)

Assistant referees

Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR), Serhiy Bekker (UKR)

Fourth official

Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)

Additional assistant referees

Serhiy Boiko (UKR), Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)

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