AZ put the ball on PSV Saturday night and can get ready for the squatter against Ajax in two weeks. The Alkmaarders are at least half a day the number two in the Netherlands, after a convincing 2-0 home victory at Sparta.
AZ had to do without his suspended captain Teun Koopmeiners: Jordy Clasie replaced the club top scorer in the midfield. The team of Pascal Jansen immediately sought the attack, saw the ball just not falling well, but after a quarter of an hour still came ahead. Clasie, of all people, received a short corner kick and competently shot: 1-0.
Lennart Thy didn‘t get a perfect chance for the equalizer long afterwards, but AZ retained the initiative. In addition, Sparta was fortunate that a hit by Albert Gudmundsson was rejected for offside action. AZ failed to finally throw the game in the slot after rest, which allowed Sparta to hope for a result for a long time. But the Castle Club didn’t go beyond a chance of Thy.
In the course of the second half it was Dani de Wit who led Sparta into safe harbor. Jesper Karlsson put the ball with a lot of feeling at the second pole, De Wit completed it beyond Maduka Okoye: 2-0. An insane final phase as in the previous meeting between the two clubs — in which AZ gave a 0-4 head start at Sparta — continued this time: the Alkmaarders took the 2-0 decidedated over the line, in the extra time a goal of Sparta was rejected and three points ended on PSV.
However, the Eindhovenaren are still in the advantage in terms of goal balance: if Sunday is won at VVV-Venlo, then AZ will be third again. After the Cup Final on 18 April, the battle for second place continues. AZ will compete against Ajax on April 25, while PSV will receive FC Groningen one day earlier.