AZ left three points from the visit to Sparta: 2-3. History was made at Het Kasteel under the watchful eye of national coach Louis van Gaal. Vito van Crooy tied the record for fastest Eredivisie goal ever.
Van Gaal was just sitting in his seat when the ball was already in the goal: Sparta blew down AZ with a rehearsed kick-off, which was completed by Van Crooy. His hit after eight seconds was a match to the record of Koos Waslander, who also scored after eight seconds during NAC Breda-pec Zwolle more than forty years ago.
The Sparta party seemed short-lived at first, as the linesman raised his flag due to offside play. However, that did not turn out to be the right decision, because the goal was approved after consultation of the VAR.
AZ had to recover from the fright for a while and came alongside instantly. Vangelis Pavlidis decorated a penalty kick and took advantage of the opportunity himself. In injury time, Bruno Martins Indi escaped a red card, while most players were already visiting the locker room before halftime. After studying the footage, his alleged elbow punch was not punished.
As exciting as the first half was, it was so much fun even after rest. After 57 minutes, AZ got ahead for the first time. Dani de Wit hit at close range at the direction of eighteen-year-old standout Milos Kerkez.
The visitors from Alkmaar couldn‘t enjoy it for a long time: Van Crooy made his second goal of the game just two minutes later after a nice through ball by Jonathan de Guzman. Still, AZ reached the longest end. Kerkez, Owen Wijndal’s successor, gave his team the full loot: 2-3.