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AZ progress and eliminate Maccabi

Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 20.56CET
AZ Alkmaar 2-0 Maccabi Haifa FC
The Eredivisie side secured a last-32 berth and eliminated their visitors thanks to goals from Nemanja Gudelj and Johann Gudmundsson.
AZ progress and eliminate Maccabi
Nemanja Gudelj celebrates scoring AZ's opener ©AFP/Getty Images
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Standings

Group L

PPts
AZ Alkmaar AZ511
PAOK FC PAOK511
Maccabi Haifa FC M. Haifa52
FC Shakhter Karagandy Shakhter52
Last updated: 20/06/2014 00:31 CET

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Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 20.56CET

AZ progress and eliminate Maccabi

AZ Alkmaar 2-0 Maccabi Haifa FC
The Eredivisie side secured a last-32 berth and eliminated their visitors thanks to goals from Nemanja Gudelj and Johann Gudmundsson.

AZ Alkmaar claimed a 2-0 UEFA Europa League Group L victory over Maccabi Haifa FC to reach the round of 32 and eliminate their opponents.

Needing at least a point to book their place in the next stage, the Eredivisie side made certain with a third win in the section thanks to Nemanja Gudelj's first-half goal and an added-time Johann Gudmundsson curler. AZ face PAOK FC in their final group game to determine who finishes top of the pile, while Maccabi bow out against FC Shakhter Karagandy.

After a tentative start to proceedings it was AZ who fashioned the first meaningful chance. Maarten Martens's 24th-minute drive was saved low to his left by Bojan Šaranov, who was called upon again just past the half-hour to repel Gudelj's free-kick from the edge of the area.

The same AZ duo were then involved in the opener eight minutes before half-time as Gudelj ghosted in unmarked at the far post to volley Martens's inswinging free-kick from the right past a helpless Šaranov. Maccabi left-back Taleb Twatha provided a useful attacking outlet for the Israeli team with some surging forward runs and his cross almost laid on an equaliser but Shimon Abuhazira failed to make contact and the ball sailed narrowly past the right post.

Rayo's misdirected curler was a sign of the visitors' attacking intent at the beginning of the second period and they could have levelled with minutes of the restart but Abuhazira blazed over with only Esteban to beat following a slip by Mattias Johansson. AZ stood firm, though, and came close to a second through Nick Viergever before Gudmundsson cut in from the right past Dekel Keinan and placed a calm finish into the bottom left-hand corner to put the result beyond doubt.

Last updated: 30/11/13 0.02CET

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Lineups

az

AZ

m. haifa

M. Haifa

1
EstebanEsteban (GK)
33
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
2
JohanssonMattias Johansson
6
AbukratRan Abukrat
4
ViergeverNick Viergever
10
RayoRayo
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Goal90+5
11
VeredIdan Vered
Substitution62
8
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
Goal37
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
11
MartensMaarten Martens (C)
17
TurgemanAlon Turgeman
Yellow Card12
20
JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
Substitution81
18
Gabai                         El'ad Gabai
23
BeerensRoy Beerens
Substitution68
19
AbuhaziraShimon Abuhazira
Substitution70
24
GouweleeuwJeffrey Gouweleeuw
21
KeinanDekel Keinan (C)
26
OrtizCelso Ortiz
25
CocalićEdin Cocalić
29
WuytensJan Wuytens
26
YadinAvihay Yadin
Substitution79

Substitutes

16
De WinterYves De Winter (GK)
22
EdriAmir Edri (GK)
6
ReijnenEtienne Reijnen
3
ScheimannShmuel Scheimann
12
ElmViktor Elm
Substitution68
5
FalachSari Falach
19
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Substitution79
22
BerghuisSteven Berghuis
9
AzulayShlomi Azulay
Substitution62
30
HapsRidgeciano Haps
12
NdlovuDino Ndlovu
Substitution70
44
AvdicDenni Avdic
Substitution81
24
GozlanShoval Gozlan

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Arik Benado (ISR)

Referee

Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

Assistant referees

Vitali Malyutin (BLR), Stanislav Savitski (BLR)

Fourth official

Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)

Additional assistant referees

Denis Scherbakov (BLR), Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)

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