RICH FIDLER - Monday, August 22, 2011
American striker Jozy Altidore continued his torrid start to the season with a pair of goals, while Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport got their first road victory over the Go Ahead Eagles on Friday.
AZ Alkmaar 4 - 0 NEC Nijmegen
After two straight losses, AZ Alkmaar returned to their winning ways on Sunday pounding ten-men NEC Nijmegen at AFAS Stadium.
The first half saw little chances for either team, but just nine minutes in to the second half it was the American who found the back of the net for the first of four goals on the afternoon in Alkmaar.
Altidore rose high above the defense in an attempt to head Rasmus Elm's corner kick as goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen crashed in to the American. His header was cleared off the line right back to the American, who nodded the ball down off the ground and in to the back of the net.
NEC went go down a man in the 64th minute when defender Pavel Cmovs fouled midfielder Maarten Martens in the penalty area and as the last defender was immediately shown red by head official Pol van Boekel.
Elm stepped to the penalty spot and hammered it right down the middle as NEC's keeper dove to his left.
Second-half substitute Adam Maher played a wonderful bit of combination work with Altidore, who completed his double in the 73rd minute by slotting the ball past the goalkeeper off Maher's final pass.
The fourth and final goal occurred just five minutes from the final whistle when Elm's free-kick could not be held by Cillessen. Captain Niklas Moisander jumped on the rebound to get the defender his first goal of the season.
Altidore, a summer signing from Villarreal, has scored three goals in league play - which puts him at the top for AZ's and second behind Marc Janko of Twente Enschede in the Eredivisie.
AZ will host Aalesund in the Europa League second-leg on Thursday, before battling FC Groningen in league action next Sunday.
Go Ahead Eagles 2 - 3 Helmond Sport
Helmond Sport scored a pair of goals against the ten-men Go Ahead Eagles after striker Xander Houtkoop was shown a straight red card in the 55th minute in their win Friday evening.
Marnix Kolder put the home team ahead in just the fifth minute when Helmond midfielder Gilian Justiana was penalized for his foul in the area and shown a yellow card. Goalkeeper Björn Sengier guessed correctly, but Kolder put the ball just over his out-stretched arms.
Erik Quekel leveled the score just 20 minutes later when he split the Eagles defense and raced in alone against Peter van der Vlag before slotting the ball under the goalkeeper.
Houtkoop was sent off ten minutes in to the second-half when official Jeroen Sanders judged the midfielder to have stomped on the leg of right-back Jeffrey Altheer.
In the 68th minute Kazlauskas picked up his first assist on the season when his cross found the head of Pepijn Veerman who thumped the ball past Peter van der Vlag.
Kelvin Bossman, who replaced Veerman just after his goal, scored Helmond's third and final goal on the evening on a breakaway in the 77th minute.
Michał Janota brought the home side within a goal in the 83rd minute when his penalty kick eluded the grasp of Sengier.
The goalkeeper guessed correctly but couldn't quite reach the penalty shot to his left after Kazlauskas was shown a yellow card for his foul in the penalty area.
Helmond will head home this Friday when they host FC Eindhoven.