Europa League - Group D
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Europa League: AZ Alkmaar 1-1 Dundalk

Ciaran Kilduff celebrates
Dundalk scorer Kilduff has recovered from fractured vertebrae sustained in April

Dundalk made history as a late equaliser saw them hold AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League to become the first Irish team to pick up a European point.

Stijn Wuytens bravely headed AZ into the lead on the hour but needed lengthy treatment after being concussed.

Dundalk's hopes looked slim when captain Stephen O'Donnell was sent off for a second yellow card.

But Ciaran Kilduff, who broke his back in April, headed home late on and they survived nine minutes of injury time.

The 27-year-old substitute, who sustained fractured vertebrae in a domestic cup match, had to spend 10 days wearing a neck brace.

Brilliant Dundalk do it again

Dundalk fans
Dundalk's fans stayed in the ground after the final whistle to applaud their heroes

Stephen Kenny's Dundalk have won the League of Ireland - which runs from March to November - for the past two seasons, and are 10 points clear at the top this season.

But their run in Europe has brought wider attention to his side.

Dundalk beat Icelandic side FH in the Champions League qualifiers, before stunning BATE Borisov 3-0 to win 3-1 on aggregate. They lost in the play-off to Legia Warsaw, instead dropping into the Europa League group stages.

They wanted to go one better than Shamrock Rovers, the only Irish team to reach the group stages, who lost all their six games in 2011.

And after one night - one magical night - in Alkmaar, they have already done that.

When skipper O'Donnell, who had only just returned from a European ban, was dismissed on 72 minutes for bringing down Ridgeciano Haps, Dundalk seemed to have little chance of taking anything from the game.

But, after surviving several scares, Kilduff got on the end of a Daryl Horgan free-kick to head the crucial goal.

Dundalk will play their home matches at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin, the home of Shamrock Rovers. Maccabi Tel Aviv, who lost 4-3 to Zenit St Petersburg in the group's other opener, are the visitors for the next round of matches on 29 September.

Wuytens' injury worry for Alkmaar

Stijn Wuytens
Several of Alkmaar's players looked emotional and shaken up after Stijn Wuytens' injury

There was immediate concern for Wuytens after his goal, the 26-year-old midfielder colliding with Dundalk keeper Gary Rogers, having courageously got on the end of a long ball to head the opener.

Wuytens received lengthy medical attention before being carried off wearing a neck brace.

However, the Eredivisie club soon announced that the Belgian had regained consciousness.

Line-ups

AZ Alkmaar

  • 1Rochet
  • 2JohanssonBooked at 87mins
  • 3van Eijden
  • 4Vlaar
  • 5Haps
  • 23Luckassen
  • 8van Overeem
  • 30WuytensSubstituted forRienstraat 65'minutes
  • 7JahanbakhshSubstituted forBel Hassaniat 75'minutes
  • 27FridaySubstituted forWeghorstat 55'minutes
  • 19dos Santos

Substitutes

  • 6Rienstra
  • 9Weghorst
  • 18Bel Hassani
  • 22Ouwejan
  • 25Olij
  • 28García
  • 29Lewis

Dundalk

  • 1Rogers
  • 2Gannon
  • 3Gartland
  • 4Boyle
  • 14Massey
  • 8MountneySubstituted forBensonat 77'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 6O'DonnellBooked at 71mins
  • 10Finn
  • 7Horgan
  • 9McMillanSubstituted forShieldsat 75'minutes
  • 11McEleneySubstituted forKilduffat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 5Shields
  • 12Grimes
  • 15Barrett
  • 16Kilduff
  • 18Benson
  • 19Shiels
  • 22Sava
Referee:
Clayton Pisani
Attendance:
10,003

Match Stats

Home TeamAZ AlkmaarAway TeamDundalk
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, AZ 1, Dundalk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, AZ 1, Dundalk 1.

Corner, AZ. Conceded by Brian Gartland.

Attempt blocked. Wout Weghorst (AZ) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ron Vlaar.

Attempt blocked. Joris van Overeem (AZ) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Iliass Bel Hassani (AZ) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rens van Eijden (AZ) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk).

Foul by Derrick Luckassen (AZ).

Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Derrick Luckassen (AZ).

Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Wout Weghorst (AZ) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Dabney dos Santos with a cross following a set piece situation.

Wout Weghorst (AZ) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ronan Finn (Dundalk).

Goal!

Goal! AZ 1, Dundalk 1. Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daryl Horgan with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Mattias Johansson (AZ) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mattias Johansson (AZ).

Chris Shields (Dundalk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, AZ. Conceded by Robbie Benson.

Attempt blocked. Derrick Luckassen (AZ) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Booking

Robbie Benson (Dundalk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dabney dos Santos (AZ) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robbie Benson (Dundalk).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. Ciarán Kilduff replaces Patrick McEleney.

Attempt saved. Dabney dos Santos (AZ) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Mattias Johansson (AZ) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joris van Overeem.

Attempt missed. Iliass Bel Hassani (AZ) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Rienstra.

Ridgeciano Haps (AZ) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chris Shields (Dundalk).

Joris van Overeem (AZ) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dane Massey (Dundalk).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. Robbie Benson replaces John Mountney.

Foul by Ridgeciano Haps (AZ).

John Mountney (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, AZ. Iliass Bel Hassani replaces Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. Chris Shields replaces David McMillan.

Corner, AZ. Conceded by Sean Gannon.

Attempt blocked. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 15th September 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Feyenoord11001013
2Fenerbahçe10101101
3Zorya Luhansk10101101
4Man Utd100101-10

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apoel Nicosia11002113
2Olympiakos11001013
3FC Astana100112-10
4BSC Young Boys100101-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Anderlecht11003123
2Saint-Étienne10101101
3Mainz10101101
4FK Qabala100113-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg11004313
2Dundalk10101101
3AZ Alkmaar10101101
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv100134-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria Vienna11003213
2Roma10101101
3Viktoria Plzen10101101
4Astra Giurgiu100123-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sassuolo11003033
2Rapid Vienna11003213
3KRC Genk100123-10
4Ath Bilbao100103-30

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax11002113
2Celta Vigo10101101
3Standard Liege10101101
4Panathinaikos100112-10

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shakhtar Donetsk11001013
2KAA Gent10101101
3Sporting Braga10101101
4Konyaspor100101-10

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke11001013
2FK Krasnodar11001013
3RB Salzburg100101-10
4Nice100101-10

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovan Liberec10102201
2FK Qarabag10102201
3Fiorentina10100001
4PAOK Salonika10100001

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Southampton11003033
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva11002023
3Inter Milan100102-20
4Sparta Prague100103-30

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Osmanlispor11002023
2Villarreal11002113
3FC Zürich100112-10
4Steaua Bucharest100102-20
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