U Nisy - Liberec 20/02/2014 - 19:00CET (19:00 local time)

Round of 32, First leg

Liberec - AZ
0-1

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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
 

Match statistics

Liberec
AZ

0

Goals scored

1

33

Possession (%)

67

11

Total attempts

15

5

on target

5

4

off target

7

2

blocked

3

0

against woodwork

0

2

Corners

5

2

Offsides

0

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

17

Fouls committed

16

16

Fouls suffered

16

264

Passes

549

162

completed

454

Lineups

liberec

Liberec

az

AZ

16Kovář (GK)1Esteban (GK)
5Coufal4Viergever (C)
Goal89
8Pavelka6Reijnen
Yellow Card57
10Rybalka
Yellow Card88
7Gudmundsson
11Frýdek8Gudelj
12Sackey
Yellow Card45+1
12Elm
15Kováč (C)20Jóhannsson
17Rajnoch23Beerens
23Šural24Gouweleeuw
25Fleišman26Ortiz
26Budnik
Substitution86
29Wuytens
Yellow Card90+1

Substitutes

30Hroššo (GK)16De Winter (GK)
3Karišik2Johansson
21Pimpara
Substitution86
5Gorter
22Jarolím15S. Poulsen
24Djika19Henriksen
27Kolár22Berghuis
29Pokorný44Avdic

Coaches

Jaroslav Šilhavý (CZE) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Press kits

Last updated: 20/02/2014 21:10 CET

Standings

 
  
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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