RICH FIDLER - Monday, August 8, 2011
American Jozy Altidore entered as a second-half substitute and scored his first goal in AZ Alkmaar's victory over PSV Eindhoven while Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport will have to wait until next weekend for their season's first win after losing on the road.
AZ Alkmaar 3-1 PSV Eindhoven
AZ head coach Gertjan Verbeek's dream start to the season occurred on Sunday afternoon when they soundly defeated PSV Eindhoven in their Eredivisie opener.
In the 26th minute Belgium international midfielder Maarten Martens put the home team up a goal after his stunning left-footed finish off a pinpoint cross from midfielder Dirk Marcellis. It was a deserved goal following the pressure the home team put on PSV's defensive in the opening 25 minutes of the game.
Just 14 minutes later defender Nick Viergever put the home team up by two with a stellar blast from 25-yards that Eindhoven goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson was not able to keep out of the back of his net despite reaching with his fingertips.
Dries Mertens drew a goal back just before the halftime whistle with a low skipping shot that beat Esteban Alvarado just insider the far post.
Altidore finally received the call from Verbeek in the 65th minute when he replaced Dutch striker Ruud Boymans.
It only took the American striker 15 minutes to put his name in the club's scoring ledger when he slipped past Brazilian defender Marcelo to head home fellow second-half substitute Adam Maher's cross just inside the six-yard box.
The hosts played the final eight minutes of the game with 10-men after Niklas Moisander was shown his second yellow card for pulling down Eindhoven's Ola Toivonen.
Altidore picked up a yellow-card in the 88th minute after tussling with defender Erik Pieters.
Alkmaar will travel to FC Twente for their first road game of the season next Saturday.
FC Oss 3 - 1 Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas played all 90 minutes at right midfielder for head coach Jurgen Streppel in a 3-1 loss to open the Jupiler League season against his old club FC Oss.
A failed clearance inside the six-yard box led to the first goal for the home team, as Antonio Stankov easily hammered the ball home off the underside of the crossbar after a poor header fell right to his favored right foot.
Two minutes later, Oss' summer signing Roy de Ruiter put the home team up two goals after heading home from close range following Marcel Van Der Sloot's pinpoint cross from the right wing.
The visitors pulled within one in the 18th minute when Jeffrey Altheer's free-kick from 35-yards eluded everyone including goalkeeper Richard Arends to bounce inside the far post.
Twelve minutes in to the second half the Macedonian midfielder scored his second to put the game out of reach for the visitors. Stankov easily rose above poor defending on a corner kick to head home past stunned Belgium 'keeper Bjorn Sengier.
Helmond will hope things turn out better when they open their home campaign against Sparta Rotterdam on Friday evening.