BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Monday, December 9, 2013
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar saw a point wrenched from their grasp in the dying seconds against FC Twente, while Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport fought their way to a tie on the road.
AZ 1 - 2 FC Twente
Aron Johannsson logged 79 quiet minutes for AZ Alkmaar as they suffered their first home loss of the season to FC Twente on Saturday.
Roy Beerens gave the hosts the early lead. Upon receiving Nik Viergivers pass, Beerens sent a viscous shot howling past Twente keeper Nick Marsman.
Despite allowing AZ to control the early proceedings, Twente were able to battle back through Morrocan striker Youness Mokhtar. AZ goalie Esteban Alvarado allowed a rebound off of a shot from Shadrach Edhan, which Mokhtar pounced on to tie the game in the 39th minute.
Shortly before coming off for Denni Advic, Johannsson almost scored a lucky goal by redirecting a shot off his chest, but it went just wide of Twente's net, keeping the tie intact.
Mokhtar sent Alkmaar's AFAS Stadion into a hush in the 92nd minute, heading in a Roberto Rosales cross to secure the win.
AZ resume play on Thursday against PAOK in the Europa League.
FC Emmen 2 - 2 Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas played the whole game as Helmond Sport were able to head home with a well earned point.
Emmen's Alexander Bannink and Helmond's Mark Janssen decided to go tit-for-tat on the afternoon, each scoring both of their team's goals. The duo got it started early, as Bannink's sixth minute goal was quickly cancelled out by Helmond's Janssen in the seventh minute, the equalizer coming courtesy of an error from Emmen defender Luis Pedro.
Bannink benefitted from some lax defending by Helmond in the 39th minute to score his second goal. The Emmen attacker was given plenty of space, and used his chance well, scoring to make it 2-1.
Janssen saved the day for the guests in the 79th minute. The 21 year old striker headed in Koen Weuts corner, knotting the score and grabbing a point.
Helmond are next in action on Saturday when they host Achilles '29.