It was hooking up or dropping out in the title race at Feyenoord-AZ. With a 3-2 victory in a captivating topper, the visitors gave a hard blow to Feyenoord. The difference with front runner Ajax remains for AZ now seven points. Feyenoord drops to fifth place with nine points behind.
After a short period of testing, AZ broke the competition open. A nice combination via Calvin Stengs and Albert Gudmundsson ended with Jesper Karlsson and the Swede placed the ball with inside foot cool in the corner.
Lived Jørgensen does it for Feyenoord
Feyenoord‘s answer came from Nicolai Jørgensen. At first the Dane was still headed, and in the 32nd minute the striker, revived after the arrival of rival Lucas Pratto, was secure. He fumbled through the AZ Defense and past goalkeeper Marco Bizot and scored.
On the other hand, the ball came on the hand of Feyenoord defender Marcos Senesi, but arbitrator Allard Lindhout and the VAR did not see any penalty in it. With rescues on bets of Karlsson and Stengs, Marsman prevented a second hit from AZ.
The visitors then had a lightning start after rest. Fredrik Midtsjø left Ridgeciano Haps standing and his beautiful front of the right flank was worked in the goal by Myron Boadu. Again, Feyenoord came back from the backlog. Mark Diemers first found Bizot in his way and shot the ball a few minutes later past the AZ goalkeeper in the corner.
However, Boadu crowned himself the man of the match by scoring his second goal in the 70th minute. Stengs gave from left front, Boadu showed up at the second pole behind Senesi and shot in under Marsman.
Opportunities for more for AZ in final phase
Lawyer brought Pratto and Bryan Linssen after that, but they couldn’t reverse the game. AZ-invaller Tijani Reijnders hit the pole in the fascinating final phase and Teun Koopmeiners missed a penalty in injury time after Senesi had stepped on the instep of Stengs. It was already the third miss of elfmeter for the captain this season.
The miss of Koopmeiners was AZ not fatal. With three points the excellent attack game of the Alkmaarders was rewarded. In addition, the team confirmed its strength in top duels. AZ has now won each of its last seven Eredivisie matches against clubs from the traditional top-3.
Check out the comments of Pascal Jansen, Dick Advocate, Myron Boadu and Nicolai Jørgensen below: