Select a Team

Europa League

Alkmaarderhout (ATT 13,744) 16th February 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: F Meyer

AZ Alkmaar AZ Alkmaar vs Anderlecht Anderlecht

AZ Alkmaar 1

A Maher (35)

ft

Anderlecht 0

AZ edge Anderlecht

Maher on target for Alkmaar

Last Updated: 16/02/12 8:48pm

  • Share:

AZ Alkmaar edged to a 1-0 win in the first leg of their last 32 Europa League clash with Anderlecht.

The only goal of the game arrived ten minutes before the break when Adam Maher struck for the home side.

AZ should have done more with multiple opportunities in front of goal, with their failure to do so not only enticing Anderlecht forward in the final stages of this match but likely giving them plenty of hope heading into the second leg in Belgium.

Brett Holman sent an early shot over for AZ, but there were otherwise few chances in the opening exchanges, and it was not until after the half-hour mark that the hosts took the lead and then began to exert further pressure.

The breakthrough came in the 35th minute when Simon Poulsen crossed from the left for Maher to finish from close range.

Moments later, Holman sent a curling shot wide left and, after Esteban Alvarado had made a routine save from Lucas Biglia's long-range shot for the visitors, Roy Beerens and Holman were both off target with further chances.

AZ took plenty of time to get going in the second half as well, but again enjoyed the upper hand.

Roy Beerens warmed the palms of Anderlecht goalkeeper Silvio Proto in the 57th minute before Holman's shot from the edge of the area was held.

Proto was then able to parry a powerful low effort from Maher as AZ's frustrations in front of goal continued.

Their failure to kill the game off gave Anderlecht hope, and the visitors began to commit further forward in the closing stages.

A foul on Matias Suarez gave them a dangerous free-kick, but Roland Juhasz headed over from Biglia's cross.

Dieudonne Mbokani then whipped a ball in for Guillaume Gillet but Alvarado has punched the ball clear.

The final chance of the night again fell to the hosts, but they failed to capitalise as Proto parried Maarten Martens' shot to safety.

  • Share:

Matches

Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Valencia 6 13
2 Swansea City 6 8
3 Kuban 6 6
4 St Gallen 6 6

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Ludogorets 6 16
2 Chernomorets Odessa 6 10
3 PSV Eindhoven 6 7
4 Dinamo Zagreb 6 1

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Red Bull Salzburg 6 18
2 Esbjerg 6 12
3 IF Elfsborg 6 4
4 Standard Liege 6 1

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Rubin Kazan 6 14
2 Maribor 6 7
3 Zulte-Waregem 6 7
4 Wigan Athletic 6 5

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 6 16
2 Dnipro 6 12
3 Pacos Ferreira 6 3
4 Pandurii Targu-Jiu 6 2

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 15
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 11
3 Apoel Nicosia 6 5
4 Bordeaux 6 3

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Genk 6 14
2 Dynamo Kiev 6 10
3 Rapid Vienna 6 6
4 FC Thun 6 3

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 6 12
2 Slovan Liberec 6 9
3 SC Freiburg 6 6
4 Estoril 6 3

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 6 12
2 Real Betis 6 9
3 Vitoria de Guimaraes 6 5
4 Rijeka 6 4

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Trabzonspor 6 14
2 Lazio 6 12
3 Apollon Limassol 6 4
4 Legia Warsaw 6 3

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 6 18
2 Anzhi Makhachkala 6 8
3 Sheriff Tiraspol (Mol) 6 6
4 Tromso 6 1

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 AZ Alkmaar 6 12
2 PAOK Salonika 6 12
3 Maccabi Haifa (Isr) 6 5
4 Shakhtyor Karaganda 6 2

Related