AZ on the brink of last 32

Celso Ortiz's second-half goal saw AZ Alkmaar all but guarantee their place in the Europa League last-32 following a 1-0 win over a lacklustre Shakhter Karagandy.

Last Updated: 07/11/13 at 23:12 Post Comment

Jonas Heymans and Roger Canas battle for the ball

Jonas Heymans and Roger Canas battle for the ball

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Ortiz netted in the 55th minute following a goalkeeping error from Stas Pokatilov as unbeaten AZ moved six points clear of third-placed Maccabi Haifa with two games in Group L remaining.

Shakhter, who held the Dutch side to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture, were poor throughout after breaking the record for the longest journey in the history of UEFA group stage football.

They were only able to name three substitutes against AZ, who made a bright start to proceedings, with Roy Beerens' strike from the edge of the area blocked by Shakhter midfielder Serhiy Maliy.

Mattias Johansson then saw his shot from just outside the box caught by visiting goalkeeper Pokatilov.

Chances were few and far between as the half wore on although Pokatilov was kept on his toes after being forced to tip away another long range effort from the lively Beerens, with Jan Wuytens heading wide from the resulting corner.

Beerens tried his luck again from distance but was once more thwarted by Pokatilov shortly after half-time before AZ were rewarded for their attacking persistence, albeit following an error from Pokatilov.

The Shakhter number one allowed Ortiz's angled drive at his near post to slip through his hands 10 minutes after the break.

It was unfortunate on Pokatilov, who had been faultless up until that point.

Shakhter could not find a way through the AZ defence although Maksat Baizhanov's shot 13 minutes from time that missed the target did at least give the away fans some hope their side could find a leveller in the closing stages.

While it was AZ who finished the stronger side, Roger Canas nearly rescued an undeserved point for the Kazakhstan champions but shot wide from just outside the box.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Footer 365

Transfer News: Didier Drogba could return to Chelsea as Jose Mourinho considers striker

Jose Mourinho has confirmed he is considering bringing former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge.

International news: Costa Rica head coach Jorge Luis Pinto quits position

Costa Rica’s popular head coach Jorge Luis Pinto has quit despite their run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rues 'impossible' pre-season schedule

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised his side’s hectic pre-season schedule as bordering on the impossible.

Mail Box

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

Definitely Not Getting Giddy Over A Friendly Win

We have some conclusions from Louis van Gaal's perfect start, plus a dismissal of fantasy football, worries about La Liga's greediness and thoughts on Real with Ham-ez...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property