AZ Alkmaar edge past Liberec

Nick Viergever struck again as AZ Alkmaar reached the last 16 of the Europa League after a 1-1 home draw with Czech side Liberec.

Last Updated: 27/02/14 at 23:14 Post Comment

Nick Viergever: Netted for AZ Alkmaar

Nick Viergever: Netted for AZ Alkmaar

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Viergever's late goal in the first leg last week therefore proved crucial as the Dutch outfit came through on aggregate to set up a meeting with Anzhi Makhachkala.

The defender opened the scoring in the return meeting as he escaped the attention of Yevhen Budnik to glance in a header from a corner.

Budnik replied from a corner himself with 18 minutes remaining but Liberec were unable to claim another decisive away goal despite late pressure.

AZ started well, with Nemanja Gudelj and Aron Johannsson having chances before Viergever doubled their advantage in the tie.

Jan Rajnoch brought a save from Esteban Alvarado as Liberec looked for a quick response.

It was not until the second half that the Czechs regularly began to trouble AZ.

They won two corners in quick succession after the break and David Pavelka shot off-target before Esteban saved from Sergiy Rybalka.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Viktor Elm had chances for AZ but Liberec gave themselves hope when Budnik tapped in at the back post from a flick-on.

Roy Beerens might have given AZ more breathing space seven minutes from time but his shot was blocked.

Jiri Pimpara, Douglas Djika and Jirri Fleisman all had attempts in the closing minutes as Liberec pressed to the end and there were seven minutes of injury time, but AZ held on.

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

Thursday, 11 December 2014
20:05
Young Boys 2-0 Sp Prague  
Everton 0-1 Krasnodar  
S Bucuresti 0-2 Dynamo Kiev  
Fiorentina 1-2 Dinamo Minsk  
Leg Warsaw 2-0 Trabzonspor  
Lille 0-3 Wolfsburg  
Metalist 0-1 Lokeren  
Napoli 3-0 Slovan  
PAOK S'nika 1-2 Guingamp  
Rio Ave 2-0 Aalborg  

Footer 365

Darren Fletcher's move to West Ham appears to have broken down

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says negotiations to bring Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher to the club have broken down.

Premier League: Daniel Sturridge scores on return as Liverpool beat West Ham 2-0

Daniel Sturridge scored on his return as Liverpool registered a 2-0 win over West Ham to leapfrog their opponents in the table.

Premier League round-up: Sturridge scores on Liverpool return, Manchester United win

Daniel Sturridge scores on his Liverpool return, Man Utd claim revenge on Leicester, and Tottenham and Sunderland both win.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company