Europa League - Group D
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Europa League: Dundalk 0-1 AZ Alkmaar

Dundalk’s Stephen O’Donnell with Ben Rienstra of AZ Alkmaar
Dundalk will complete their Group D campaign away to Maccabi Tel Aviv

A ninth-minute strike by Wout Weghorst gave AZ Alkmaar victory and put a huge dent in Dundalk's hopes of reaching the Europa League knockout stage.

Weghorst pounced to score from close range when the ball fell invitingly for him as the League of Ireland champions struggled to clear a corner.

Dundalk, still in contention for a place in the last 32, play Maccabi Tel Aviv away in their final Group D game.

AZ, now in second and a point ahead of Dundalk, play Zenit at home.

It was the Dutch side's first win in the group and they will go through if they can beat the already-qualified Russian club, who possess a 100% record.

In front of the onlooking Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane, presumably there to run the rule over Republic of Ireland squad players Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle, Dundalk failed to find the resilience that had characterised their European adventure.

Irish champions 'out of season'

Dundalk were playing their first match for 19 days as their domestic season ended on 6 November with a penalty shootout defeat by Cork City in the FAI Cup final.

And, if Stephen Kenny's men clinch qualification on 8 December, they will have a severely restricted close season break.

The first-leg games in the last 32 are on 16 February, with the return matches on 23 February, one day before 2017 League of Ireland campaign starts.

Europa League Group D

Early goal a blow for Dundalk

The early goal knocked the hosts' confidence a bit, but they did manage to get in the match with Ciaran Kilduff going close with some first-half chances.

Dundalk lost skipper Stephen O'Donnell before the break with what appeared to be a hamstring injury and he was replaced by John Mountney.

In the second half, it was much the same. Dundalk were lively and willing, but lacked that cutting edge.

Just coming up to the hour, goalkeeper Gary Rogers kept Dundalk in the match with a fantastic save from Weghorst. The striker did well to get on the end of a through ball from Alireza Jahanbakhsh to test the Meath man from point blank range.

Rogers, arguably Dundalk's best player, also made a fine save in the 74th minute, deflecting Mat Seuntjen's effort on to the post.

In the 76th minute David McMillan came on to replace Kilduff, but even his introduction couldn't provide the spark that the Louth side needed.

With a final throw of the dice, Dean Shiels was brought on for Patrick McEleny, but the League of Ireland Premier Division champions could not find a crucial equaliser.

Line-ups

Dundalk

  • 1Rogers
  • 2Gannon
  • 3Gartland
  • 4Boyle
  • 14Massey
  • 6O'DonnellSubstituted forMountneyat 42'minutes
  • 11McEleneySubstituted forShielsat 80'minutes
  • 10Finn
  • 18Benson
  • 7Horgan
  • 16KilduffSubstituted forMcMillanat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Mountney
  • 9McMillan
  • 15Barrett
  • 19Shiels
  • 20O'Connor
  • 22Sava
  • 24Keane

AZ Alkmaar

  • 1Rochet
  • 2Johansson
  • 4Vlaar
  • 30WuytensBooked at 81mins
  • 5Haps
  • 20Seuntjens
  • 23Luckassen
  • 6Rienstra
  • 7JahanbakhshSubstituted fordos Santosat 75'minutes
  • 9WeghorstSubstituted forFridayat 87'minutes
  • 11TankovicSubstituted forOuwejanat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Bel Hassani
  • 19dos Santos
  • 21Mühren
  • 22Ouwejan
  • 25Olij
  • 27Friday
  • 28García
Referee:
Istvan Vad
Attendance:
5,500

Match Stats

Home TeamDundalkAway TeamAZ Alkmaar
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Dundalk 0, AZ 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundalk 0, AZ 1.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Benson (Dundalk) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ronan Finn.

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

Foul by Ridgeciano Haps (AZ).

Attempt saved. Ben Rienstra (AZ) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fred Friday.

Brian Gartland (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fred Friday (AZ).

Attempt missed. David McMillan (Dundalk) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Sean Gannon with a cross.

Foul by John Mountney (Dundalk).

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

Substitution

Substitution, AZ. Fred Friday replaces Wout Weghorst.

Foul by John Mountney (Dundalk).

Stijn Wuytens (AZ) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundalk. Conceded by Ridgeciano Haps.

Attempt blocked. Sean Gannon (Dundalk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Horgan.

Hand ball by Wout Weghorst (AZ).

Booking

Stijn Wuytens (AZ) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stijn Wuytens (AZ).

David McMillan (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. Dean Shiels replaces Patrick McEleney.

Substitution

Substitution, AZ. Thomas Ouwejan replaces Muamer Tankovic.

Offside, AZ. Mats Seuntjens tries a through ball, but Muamer Tankovic is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. David McMillan replaces Ciarán Kilduff.

Attempt missed. Muamer Tankovic (AZ) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stijn Wuytens with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, AZ. Dabney dos Santos replaces Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Corner, AZ. Conceded by Gary Rogers.

Attempt saved. Mats Seuntjens (AZ) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Attempt saved. Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daryl Horgan.

Foul by Ron Vlaar (AZ).

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

Foul by Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sergio Rochet (AZ) because of an injury.

Foul by Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk).

Sergio Rochet (AZ) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundalk. Conceded by Wout Weghorst.

Corner, Dundalk. Conceded by Stijn Wuytens.

Attempt saved. Stijn Wuytens (AZ) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wout Weghorst.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 24th November 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fenerbahçe531176110
2Man Utd530210469
3Feyenoord521236-37
4Zorya Luhansk502326-42

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apoel Nicosia53026609
2Olympiakos52217438
3BSC Young Boys51224405
4FC Astana512258-35

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Anderlecht5320145911
2Saint-Étienne52305329
3Mainz5131610-46
4FK Qabala5005512-70

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg55001551015
2AZ Alkmaar512238-55
3Dundalk511346-24
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv511358-34

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma5320167911
2Astra Giurgiu5212710-37
3Austria Vienna5122911-25
4Viktoria Plzen503248-43

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk530211929
2Ath Bilbao5302910-19
3Rapid Vienna512267-15
4Sassuolo51229905

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax5410105513
2Standard Liege51317526
3Celta Vigo51318716
4Panathinaikos5014311-81

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shakhtar Donetsk55001731415
2Sporting Braga51317706
3KAA Gent5122813-55
4Konyaspor5014211-91

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke550091815
2FK Krasnodar52127617
3RB Salzburg511346-24
4Nice5104310-73

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina5311135810
2FK Qarabag5212610-47
3PAOK Salonika521256-17
4Slovan Liberec5113710-34

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sparta Prague540174312
2Southampton52125327
3Hapoel Be'er Sheva52125507
4Inter Milan5104510-53

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Osmanlispor52128717
2Villarreal51317706
3Steaua Bucharest513145-16
4FC Zürich51315506
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