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AZ pip PAOK to top spot in Group L

Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 22.58CET
PAOK FC 2-2 AZ Alkmaar
Stelios Pozoglou struck a 94th-minute equaliser for PAOK, but AZ finished top of Group L above the hosts thanks to their superior head-to-head record.
AZ pip PAOK to top spot in Group L
Thomas Lam attempts to escape from the PAOK defence ©AFP/Getty Images
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Group L

PPts
AZ Alkmaar AZ612
PAOK FC PAOK612
Maccabi Haifa FC M. Haifa65
FC Shakhter Karagandy Shakhter62
Last updated: 20/06/2014 00:32 CET

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Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 22.58CET

AZ pip PAOK to top spot in Group L

PAOK FC 2-2 AZ Alkmaar
Stelios Pozoglou struck a 94th-minute equaliser for PAOK, but AZ finished top of Group L above the hosts thanks to their superior head-to-head record.

Stelios Pozoglou headed a 94th-minute equaliser to snatch a 2-2 draw for PAOK FC, but AZ Alkmaar finished top of Group L thanks to their superior head-to-head record.

Both sides knew they were advancing before kick-off and it was Dick Advocaat's visitors who went ahead through Thomas Lam's opener, before a Lucas penalty swiftly squared things up. Donny Gorter converted from the spot himself as the Dutch side continued striving to top the section, and although Pozoglou intervened at the end, the 2-2 scoreline meant AZ finished with a better record in their two meetings with the hosts.

A quiet opening saw little in the way of goalmouth action and the first moment of quality came on 31 minutes as Lam received the ball with his back to goal before turning sharply and rifling a low shot in off the far post from a tight angle on the right. The lead lasted just six minutes, however, as Stelios Kitsiou darted into the visiting area only to be brought down by Fernando Lewis; Lucas calmly did the rest.

With the 1-1 scoreline, PAOK were now top of the group on goals scored, the two teams having recorded that same result in the Netherlands on matchday two. AZ thus pushed forward after the restart, and home keeper Panagiotis Glykos made an outstanding reaction save to keep out Steven Berghuis's driven effort from inside the area.

Glykos also stopped a swerving shot from Johann Gudmundsson, yet the pressure paid off in the 71st minute as Gudmundsson's cross from the left struck Costin Lazăr on the arm, allowing Gorter to send Glykos the wrong way from the resulting penalty. The game looked up for PAOK as the match drifted into added time, but with just seconds remaining Lucas curled a cross into the box which Pozoglou flicked inside the post – it was not enough to deny AZ first place, however.

Last updated: 14/12/13 0.04CET

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Lineups

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PAOK

az

AZ

71
GlykosPanagiotis Glykos (GK)
16
De WinterYves De Winter (GK)
6
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
5
GorterDonny Gorter
Goal71
Yellow Card89
10
LucasLucas
Goal37
6
ReijnenEtienne Reijnen
11
StochMiroslav Stoch
Substitution74
8
GudeljNemanja Gudelj (C)
Yellow Card36
15
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor
10
OvertoomWillie Overtoom
Substitution74
16
LinoLino
22
BerghuisSteven Berghuis
22
KonstantinidisDimitris Konstantinidis
Substitution56
28
LamThomas Lam
Goal31
25
LazărCostin Lazăr
30
HapsRidgeciano Haps
Substitution89
28
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis (C)
34
HoedtWesley Hoedt
33
AthanasiadisStefanos Athanasiadis
Substitution64
40
LewisFernando Lewis
Yellow Card37
Substitution54
70
KitsiouStelios Kitsiou
44
AvdicDenni Avdic

Substitutes

50
GiakoumisAsterios Giakoumis (GK)
1
EstebanEsteban (GK)
2
SkondrasGiannis Skondras
Substitution56
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Substitution54
4
KatsikasGiorgos Katsikas
20
JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
Substitution74
Yellow Card90+1
7
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
29
WuytensJan Wuytens
9
VukićZvonimir Vukić
31
van OvereemJoris van Overeem
Substitution89
61
NecidTomáš Necid
Substitution64
33
HayeThom Haye
96
PozoglouStelios Pozoglou
Substitution74
Goal90+4
36
SouzaDabney Souza

Coach

Huub Stevens (NED) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Michael Oliver (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stuart Burt (ENG), Darren England (ENG)

Fourth official

Gary Beswick (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Jonathan Moss (ENG)

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