KNVB Beker glory for AZ

AZ Alkmaar claimed their first KNVB Beker title in 31 years after they scored twice in two minutes to beat defending champions PSV Eindhoven 2-1 in Thursday's final at De Kuip.

Last Updated: 09/05/13 at 20:13 Post Comment

Adam Maher: Celebrates his goal for AZ Alkmaar

Adam Maher: Celebrates his goal for AZ Alkmaar

Adam Maher opened the scoring with a brilliant solo effort in the 12th minute before Jozy Altidore doubled AZ's advantage moments later.

PSV pulled one back through Jurgen Locadia just after the half hour mark, but they were unable to find another breakthrough as AZ lifted the cup for the first time since 1982.

It is their first silverware since their 2009 Eredivisie title.

Gertjan Verbeek's side were the underdogs going into the clash and had already been beaten twice by PSV in the league this season, but they got off to the perfect start with two quick-fire goals after they were lucky to escape a penalty shout against them.

Locadia's strike appeared to hit the arm of AZ defender Nick Viergever, but referee Bjorn Kuiper waved play on.

Maher then old two PSV defenders a deft dummy before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Boy Waterman, with American Altidore getting in on the act less than two minutes later.

The United States international clipped the ball past the PSV keeper for his eighth goal of the tournament, leaving him the competition's top scorer.

Locadia pulled one back for PSV, who are currently second in the Eredivisie behind Ajax, when he headed in Dries Mertens' free-kick, and it looked like the Eindhoven side would reel in AZ during the second half.

However, they were unable to do so, and AZ went on to claim the fourth KNVB Beker in their history.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

suarez_blind
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

N

o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

spence
F365's Top Ten Players We Can't Wait To Watch

I

think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

GVMUFC
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

Footer 365

Chelsea close on Rahman but miss Donsah

Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Augsburg left-back Abdul Baba Rahman and expressed an interest in Cagliari midfielder Godfred Donsah.

Bayern star Gotze to reveal future plans

Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze was coy about his future after scoring in the Audi Cup against a side he may face at least twice more this season.

Manchester City agree £14m fee with Roma for Edin Dzeko

Sky sources understand Manchester City have agreed a £14m fee with Roma for striker Edin Dzeko.

Mail Box

Chelsea Are Stronger Than Last Season

One Chelsea fan points out that they won the league last year and have improved, so... Plus thoughts on United worries, pre-season predictions, Valdes and Chuba...

Louis Van Gaal Only Wants Football Robots

Louis van Gaal only wants players who are human robots, apparently. It's a great Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Audi Cup, Fabregas, Lingard and Joe Gomez...

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