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Kiryat-Eli'ezer Stadium 19th September 2013 - Kick off 20:05 Ref: R Schorgenhofer

Maccabi Haifa Maccabi Haifa (Isr) vs AZ Alkmaar AZ Alkmaar

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AZ Alkmaar 1

J Gudmundsson (71)

Alkmaar enjoy Israel trip

Solitary goal enough to claim three points

Last Updated: 19/09/13 10:29pm

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored the only goal as AZ Alkmaar picked up an impressive win at Maccabi Haifa in their Europa League Group L clash.

The Iceland international struck with 20 minutes to go and on a quiet evening at the Kiryat Eliezer, it proved decisive.

Maccabi did have their chances on the night - Rayo was excellent and drove them forward - but they were largely toothless in the final third.

Nemanja Gudelji recorded the first effort of the night - a loosener that Bojan Saranov dealt with, before Rayo responded for Maccabi.

There appeared to be little between the sides but it took a brilliant stop from AZ keeper Esteban Alvardo to keep the scores level as he tipped over Hen Ezra's goalbound 21st-minute effort.

Alvardo was involved again just after the half-hour as he flicked Rayo's shot away, and the former Barcelona man went close again as the break approached with a shot which whistled wide.

Off-target shots remained the order of the day in the second half as Rayo and Aron Johannson traded efforts, and when Rayo hit over again, the game was in danger of repeating itself en masse.

A good did eventually arrive, though, with AZ making the decisive breakthrough with 70 minutes on the clock.

Nick Viergever created it, swinging in a left-wing cross which fell for Gudmundsson tucked away.

Gustavo Boccoli then hit the bar for Maccabi with a free-kick, but no pressure followed and AZ eased home.

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    Thu 19th Sep - Group C
    Thu 19th Sep - Group D
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Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Villarreal 3 7
2 Borussia Monchengladbach 3 5
3 Apollon Limassol 3 3
4 FC Zurich 3 1

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Torino 3 7
2 Club Brugge 3 5
3 FC Copenhagen 3 4
4 HJK Helsinki 3 0

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Besiktas 3 5
2 Tottenham Hotspur 3 5
3 Asteras Tripoli 3 4
4 Partizan Belgrade 3 1

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 3 7
2 Red Bull Salzburg 3 7
3 Dinamo Zagreb 3 3
4 FC Astra Giurgiu 3 0

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 3 9
2 PSV Eindhoven 3 4
3 Estoril 3 3
4 Panathinaikos 3 1

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Inter Milan 3 7
2 Karabakh-Azersun 3 4
3 St Etienne 3 3
4 Dnipro 3 1

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 3 5
2 Standard Liege 3 4
3 Rijeka 3 4
4 Feyenoord 3 3

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 3 5
2 Wolfsburg 3 4
3 Lille 3 3
4 Krasnodar 3 2

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sparta Prague 3 6
2 BSC Young Boys Bern 3 6
3 Napoli 3 6
4 SK Slovan Bratislava 3 0

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 FC Steaua Bucuresti 3 6
2 Dynamo Kiev 3 6
3 Aalborg BK 3 6
4 Rio Ave 3 0

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 3 9
2 Guingamp 3 4
3 PAOK Salonika 3 3
4 Dinamo Minsk 3 1

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Legia Warsaw 3 9
2 Trabzonspor 3 6
3 Lokeren SNW 3 3
4 Metalist Kharkiv 3 0

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