NEC returns disappointed to Nijmegen after a draw at AZ. The team of coach Rogier Meijer held a lead on Saturday for a long time, but things went wrong in sight of the port: 1-1.
The start in Alkmaar was for the visitors. After just nine minutes, Jordy Bruijn was face-to-face with goalkeeper Peter Vindahl after clumsy defending Bruno Martins Indi. AZ quickly tried to come up with an answer via Albert Gudmundsson, but his attempt ended on the fists of Mattijs Branderhorst. Most of the fireworks came from outside the stadium, from the fans of AZ. The game even had to be stopped when a group entered the stadium.
After a short break, the home team resumed hunting for the equalizer. Vangelis Pavlidis was very close after a good attack. The Greek striker did not see his handsome action rewarded with a hit: the pole got in the way. For example, the 1-1 was in the air, but NEC got the rest without damage and thus got the time to put things in order. In the second half, AZ had significantly more trouble making a fist.
Jonathan Okita even thought to make it 0-2, but he was whistled back due to offside. On the other hand, AZ tried, but real opportunities didn’t force it anymore. With that, NEC seemed to bring three points from Alkmaar, but during the closing offsief Zakaria Aboukhlal headed out of a cross in the dying seconds.
NEC is now seventh with nineteen points, AZ is the number eleven with sixteen points.