VVV-Venlo kept his Europa League dreams alive midweek with a cup victory at NEC, but was put on the ground again on Saturday. AZ controlled Eredivision top scorer Giorgos Giakoumakis and left De Koel with an equally wide and justified 1-4 victory: Myron Boadu was able to work on his self-confidence with two hits.
On Wednesday VVV needed an extension against NEC and had to breathe again against AZ. After Hakon Evjen — the replacement of Calvin Stengs, hit by the coronavirus — had found Thorsten Kirschbaum on his way, Jesper Karlsson was successful. The Swede checked the ball in the air behind his standleg along, pulled in and found the far angle: 0-1.
Not Giakoumakis, but his compatriot Christos Donis showed up after a free kick of Vito van Crooy for goalkeeper Marco Bizot and headed unhindered. VVV took courage here and was better suited to AZ in the remainder of the first half. After the first quarter of the second half, however, the duel fell into a decisive fold: first Evjen — who had arrived with some luck for Kirschbaum — slipped into the 1-2, then Christian Kum got red after a violation on the broken Boadu.
He immediately smelled his chance and didnt make it long after the red card immediately 1-3: Kirschbaum could not get rid of a cross of Evjen far enough and Boadu crumbled the ball in two instances in the upper corner. The sting was out of the match, but Boadu managed to add another goal to his total five minutes before time. Kirschbaum saved half on a shot by Owen Wijndal, after which Boadu gave the last push on the line: 1-4.
AZ reinforces its third place, comes at one point from PSV and can watch on Sunday what the competitors are doing: number five Feyenoord plays against FC Twente, while PSV receives number four Vitesse. VVV remains fourteenth and even plays against Vitesse twice: first in the league, then in the semi-final of the KNVB Cup.