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Anji stalemate enough to send AZ through

Published: Thursday 20 March 2014, 20.10CET
FC Anji Makhachkala 0-0 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 0-1)
The hosts failed to get a shot on target, allowing AZ to take their place in Friday's quarter-final draw courtesy of last week's narrow win.
by Richard van Poortvliet
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Published: Thursday 20 March 2014, 20.10CET

Anji stalemate enough to send AZ through

FC Anji Makhachkala 0-0 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 0-1)
The hosts failed to get a shot on target, allowing AZ to take their place in Friday's quarter-final draw courtesy of last week's narrow win.

It proved a happy return to Russia for Dick Advocaat thanks to his AZ Alkmaar side's 0-0 draw at FC Anji Makhachkala, ensuring a 1-0 aggregate victory and a place in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.

Anji produced plenty of intricate football but were unable to provide a killer touch in the final third and failed to get a shot on target all game. Their Dutch visitors, meanwhile, were happy to sit back and defend their last-16 first-leg lead but still produced the better openings and could easily have won on the night.

It was not all plain sailing, however, with Anji's Olexandr Alijev particularly threatening in the early stages. Though Gadzhi Gadzhiev's charges dominated initial possession, they were forced to rely on efforts from distance and never looked like seriously troubling Esteban in the away goal.

Indeed, AZ grew in stature as the first half progressed and might have gone in front just before the break when Nemanja Gudelj curled a free-kick against a post – home goalkeeper Mikhail Kerzhakov was well beaten. It was Steven Berghuis's turn to go close soon after the interval, with Aron Jóhannsson then calling Kerzhakov into action courtesy of a dipping attempt from range.

Jóhannsson had another presentable opportunity just after the hour when he capitalised on an Aliyev mistake, but failed to convert. Berghuis also had a second bite at the cherry yet Kerzhakov was once more up to the task.

Though the hosts tired as the clock ticked down, they nearly scored an unlikely leveller when Aliyev whistled a 25-metre free-kick narrowly wide. AZ survived to take their place in Friday's last-eight draw, while Anji's misery was compounded by the 93rd-minute dismissal of Karlen Mkrtchyan.

Last updated: 07/10/14 2.34CET

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Lineups

anji

Anji

az

AZ

22
KerzhakovMikhail Kerzhakov (GK)
1
EstebanEsteban (GK)
3
GadzhibekovAli Gadzhibekov
2
JohanssonMattias Johansson
5
GrigalavaGia Grigalava
Yellow Card43
4
ViergeverNick Viergever (C)
6
EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu (C)
6
ReijnenEtienne Reijnen
7
AgalarovKamil Agalarov
Yellow Card81
Substitution85
8
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
16
MkrtchyanKarlen Mkrtchyan
Red Card90+3
12
ElmViktor Elm
20
SobolevVladimir Sobolev
Yellow Card69
Substitution71
15
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
30
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
20
JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
81
BurmistrovNikita Burmistrov
Substitution68
22
BerghuisSteven Berghuis
88
AliyevOlexandr Aliyev
Yellow Card85
23
BeerensRoy Beerens
90
SmolovFedor Smolov
29
WuytensJan Wuytens
Yellow Card62

Substitutes

1
PomazanEvgeni Pomazan (GK)
16
De WinterYves De Winter (GK)
27
DzhenetovMekhti Dzhenetov (GK)
5
GorterDonny Gorter
2
EschenkoAndrei Eschenko
Substitution68
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
4
AngbwaBenoît Angbwa
19
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
28
SerderovSerder Serderov
Substitution71
26
OrtizCelso Ortiz
99
AbdulavovIslamnur Abdulavov
Substitution85
34
HoedtWesley Hoedt
44
AvdicDenni Avdic

Coach

Gadzhi Gadzhiev (RUS) Martin Haar (NED)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Alan Mulvanny (SCO), Damien MacGraith (IRL)

Fourth official

David McGeachie (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Steven McLean (SCO), Kevin Clancy (SCO)

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