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AZ survive Slovan barrage to advance

Published: Thursday 27 February 2014, 23.02CET
AZ Alkmaar 1-1 FC Slovan Liberec (agg: 2-1)
Dick Advocaat's hosts survived a late onslaught but hung on to the draw which secures a round of 16 tie with FC Anji Makhachkala.
AZ survive Slovan barrage to advance
AZ enjoy Nick Viergever opener ©Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 27 February 2014, 23.02CET

AZ survive Slovan barrage to advance

AZ Alkmaar 1-1 FC Slovan Liberec (agg: 2-1)
Dick Advocaat's hosts survived a late onslaught but hung on to the draw which secures a round of 16 tie with FC Anji Makhachkala.

AZ Alkmaar survived a late scare but nevertheless secured the required draw against FC Slovan Liberec to take themselves into a UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie with Russia's FC Anji Makhachkala.

After Nick Viergever had given the Dutch side a 1-0 round of 32 first-leg cushion last Thursday, the defender was at it again to put the hosts ahead. Yevhen Budnik scored from close range after the interval to draw the game level, but Slovan were unable to find a late winner to send the Czech team into the next stage.

Unbeaten in the tournament so far, Dick Advocaat's AZ started on the front foot although the visitors, knowing a goal could end their hopes, proved resolute at the back. AZ's only opening in the first 15 minutes came when Etienne Reijnen was released down the right but his pull-back was fired over the bar by Aron Jóhannsson. Jaroslav Šilhavý's men could not prevent Viergever getting his second of the tie, however, on 19 minutes as the captain escaped the attentions of marker Budnik to flick Nemanja Gudelj's corner past Lukáš Hroššo.

Slovan responded as Jan Rajnoch forced Esteban into a fine save low to the goalkeeper's left before the break, while David Pavelka teased a curling effort just wide after the restart. The pressure increased further with Esteban tipping Serhiy Rybalka's goalbound drive over, and it came to fruition when Budnik slid a corner into the net at the back post with 18 minutes remaining. Esteban bravely raced out to deny Budnik and athletically turned Josef Šural's 88th-minute header round the post to guarantee AZ a safe passage.

Last updated: 01/03/14 0.03CET

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Lineups

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AZ

liberec

Liberec

1
EstebanEsteban (GK)
30
HroššoLukáš Hroššo (GK)
4
ViergeverNick Viergever (C)
Goal19
Yellow Card63
5
CoufalVladimír Coufal
Yellow Card44
6
ReijnenEtienne Reijnen
8
PavelkaDavid Pavelka
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
10
RybalkaSerhiy Rybalka
8
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
11
FrýdekMartin Frýdek
Substitution31
12
ElmViktor Elm
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč (C)
20
JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
Substitution75
17
RajnochJan Rajnoch
23
BeerensRoy Beerens
Substitution87
22
JarolímMarek Jarolím
Substitution69
24
GouweleeuwJeffrey Gouweleeuw
Yellow Card48
23
ŠuralJosef Šural
Yellow Card41
26
OrtizCelso Ortiz
25
FleišmanJiří Fleišman
29
WuytensJan Wuytens
26
BudnikYevhen Budnik
Yellow Card68
Goal72
Substitution83

Substitutes

16
De WinterYves De Winter (GK)
16
KovářPřemysl Kovář (GK)
2
JohanssonMattias Johansson
3
KarišikMiloš Karišik
5
GorterDonny Gorter
4
NovotnýVojtěch Novotný
15
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
Substitution87
21
PimparaJiří Pimpara
Substitution69
19
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
24
DjikaDouglas Djika
Substitution31
22
BerghuisSteven Berghuis
27
KolárĽuboš Kolár
Substitution83
40
LewisFernando Lewis
Substitution75
Yellow Card79
29
PokornýLukáš Pokorný

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Jaroslav Šilhavý (CZE)

Referee

Serhiy Boiko (UKR)

Assistant referees

Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)

Fourth official

Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)

Additional assistant referees

Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR), Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)

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