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Margins fine as AZ edge stubborn Shakhter

Published: Thursday 7 November 2013, 23.00CET
AZ Alkmaar 1-0 FC Shakhter Karagandy
Dick Advocaat's side edged closer to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 by beating their Kazakh counterparts by the narrowest of margins in Group L.
Margins fine as AZ edge stubborn Shakhter
Celso Ortiz scored the only goal of the game as AZ posted a second win ©AFP/Getty Images
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Standings

Group L

PPts
AZ Alkmaar AZ48
PAOK FC PAOK48
Maccabi Haifa FC M. Haifa42
FC Shakhter Karagandy Shakhter42
Last updated: 20/06/2014 00:29 CET

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Published: Thursday 7 November 2013, 23.00CET

Margins fine as AZ edge stubborn Shakhter

AZ Alkmaar 1-0 FC Shakhter Karagandy
Dick Advocaat's side edged closer to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 by beating their Kazakh counterparts by the narrowest of margins in Group L.

AZ Alkmaar have one foot in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 after overcoming FC Shakhter Karagandy 1-0 at AZ Stadion.

Dick Advocaat's outfit are sitting pretty at the top of Group L, level on eight points with PAOK FC, after a mistake from Stas Pokatilov decided the encounter, the unfortunate visiting goalkeeper misjudging a shot from Celso Ortiz in the 55th minute.

Goalmouth scrambles and aerial sieges provided an inhospitable start for both goalkeepers as play swung end-to-end in a breathless opening. Shakhter's Pokatilov was the only one required to make taxing saves, though, pawing over a swerving half-volley from Nick Viergever and holding Nemanja Gudelj's skidding shot on the turn inside the first 20 minutes.

Pokatilov's first-half work was not done there either, and he saved his best for last. Roy Beerens danced inside right-back Aleksandar Simčević and brought a sharp low stop out of the Shakhter No1 at his near post.

The start of the second period stood in stark contrast, not only for the considerably relaxed pace but also for the surprise error from first-half star Pokatilov. The 20-year-old appeared to have Ortiz's angled drive well covered at his near post, but the ball somehow flew through his hands and into the net.

After that, Beerens had a chip headed off the line and the floodgates seemed set to open, but, to Shakhter's credit, their resilience returned. Their stout rearguard restricted AZ to a handful of ambitious first-time efforts, and only Esteban's reflexes denied Maksat Bayzhanov a late equaliser. It was not to be, though, and Shakhter stand on the verge of elimination.

Last updated: 09/11/13 0.03CET

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Lineups

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AZ

shakhter

Shakhter

1
EstebanEsteban (GK)
1
PokatilovStas Pokatilov (GK)
2
JohanssonMattias Johansson
4
VasiljevićNikola Vasiljević
4
ViergeverNick Viergever
5
BorantaevAskhat Borantaev
Yellow Card59
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Substitution83
7
BayzhanovMaksat Bayzhanov
8
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
19
TarasovYevgeni Tarasov (C)
11
MartensMaarten Martens (C)
24
DarabayevAslan Darabayev
20
JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
Substitution46
25
MaliySergei Maliy
23
BeerensRoy Beerens
28
GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
24
GouweleeuwJeffrey Gouweleeuw
78
ZenkovichIgor Zenkovich
Substitution72
26
OrtizCelso Ortiz
Goal55
87
SimčevićAleksandar Simčević
29
WuytensJan Wuytens
88
CañasRoger Cañas

Substitutes

16
De WinterYves De Winter (GK)
31
TkachukSergei Tkachuk (GK)
6
ReijnenEtienne Reijnen
13
BorovskiVadim Borovski
12
ElmViktor Elm
45
MurtazayevRoman Murtazayev
Substitution72
19
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
Substitution83
22
BerghuisSteven Berghuis
30
HapsRidgeciano Haps
44
AvdicDenni Avdic
Substitution46

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Viktor Kumykov (RUS)

Referee

Martin Hansson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Henrik Andren (SWE)

Fourth official

Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE), Bojan Pandžić (SWE)

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