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Viergever gives AZ upper hand at Liberec

Published: Thursday 20 February 2014, 21.00CET
FC Slovan Liberec 0-1 AZ Alkmaar
AZ have the upper hand in the tie after Nick Viergever's opportunistic winner, one minute from time, earned the visitors a priceless away success.
Viergever gives AZ upper hand at Liberec
AZ winger Roy Beerens (left) takes on Liberec's Jiří Fleišman ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 20 February 2014, 21.00CET

Viergever gives AZ upper hand at Liberec

FC Slovan Liberec 0-1 AZ Alkmaar
AZ have the upper hand in the tie after Nick Viergever's opportunistic winner, one minute from time, earned the visitors a priceless away success.

Nick Viergever was in the right place at the right time to earn AZ Alkmaar a 1-0 UEFA Europa League round of 32 first-leg win at FC Slovan Liberec.

The AZ captain pounced in the 89th minute to prod into an unguarded net after home keeper Přemysl Kovář had spilled Nemanja Gudelj's deep free-kick. It was a goal the Dutch team's endeavour deserved; AZ exuded a self-assurance rooted in a six-match European unbeaten run, taking the game to their Czech hosts and pinning them back for long periods.

Twice in the early stages Aron Jóhannsson and lively forward Johann Gudmundsson linked up with smart passing triangles on the inside-left channel, but both times goal-bound shots from Gudmundsson were repelled by home skipper Radoslav Kováč – the keystone in a deep-lying wall of defenders.

When Slovan did dare to venture forward, they looked susceptible on the counter – Roy Beerens brought a low save from Kovář on one such occasion, and another Beerens break finished with Gudelj flashing a volley just off target from the edge of the box.

Jeffrey Gouweleeuw and Liberec's Yevhen Budnik traded stinging shots from distance without success in a stretched start to the second period. The contest gradually settled into a familiar pattern, though – yet despite Gudelj pulling the strings admirably in a No10 role, a persistent AZ struggled to find a route to goal.

Liberec almost took advantage in a fleeting spell of possession, but AZ custodian Esteban was at his sharpest to palm Yevhen Budnik's low drive past the post. Then came Viergever's timely intervention to secure the spoils for the Eredivisie club.

Last updated: 22/02/14 0.01CET

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Lineups

liberec

Liberec

az

AZ

16
KovářPřemysl Kovář (GK)
1
EstebanEsteban (GK)
5
CoufalVladimír Coufal
4
ViergeverNick Viergever (C)
Goal89
8
PavelkaDavid Pavelka
6
ReijnenEtienne Reijnen
Yellow Card57
10
RybalkaSerhiy Rybalka
Yellow Card88
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
11
FrýdekMartin Frýdek
8
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
12
SackeyIsaac Sackey
Yellow Card45+1
12
ElmViktor Elm
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč (C)
20
JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
17
RajnochJan Rajnoch
23
BeerensRoy Beerens
23
ŠuralJosef Šural
24
GouweleeuwJeffrey Gouweleeuw
25
FleišmanJiří Fleišman
26
OrtizCelso Ortiz
26
BudnikYevhen Budnik
Substitution86
29
WuytensJan Wuytens
Yellow Card90+1

Substitutes

30
HroššoLukáš Hroššo (GK)
16
De WinterYves De Winter (GK)
3
KarišikMiloš Karišik
2
JohanssonMattias Johansson
21
PimparaJiří Pimpara
Substitution86
5
GorterDonny Gorter
22
JarolímMarek Jarolím
15
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
24
DjikaDouglas Djika
19
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
27
KolárĽuboš Kolár
22
BerghuisSteven Berghuis
29
PokornýLukáš Pokorný
44
AvdicDenni Avdic

Coach

Jaroslav Šilhavý (CZE) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Aurel Oniţă (ROU), Octavian Șovre (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU), Cristian Balaj (ROU)

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