BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Sunday, November 4, 2012
Jozy Altidore was uninvolved in AZ's loss to cellar dwellers Venlo while Charles Kazlauskas scored a highlight reel goal for Helmond Sport.
AZ Alkmaar 1 - 2 VV Venlo
Jozy Altidore played the entire 90 minutes on Sunday as AZ were beaten by VV Venlo.
After a scoreless first half, both team's came to life late in the game. Barry Maguire gave the visitors the lead in the 79th minute. Alexander Radosavljevic sent a short cross in from the right side of the box for Maguire, who bounced a shot past Esteban Alvarado from five yards out.
Erik Falkenburg struck back for AZ in the 87th minute. Johann Gudmundsson spotted the winger making a run in the center of the box, and sent a low pass skipping past the defense. Falkenburg beat his defender to the pass and poked it home to draw the score even.
Four minutes into stoppage time, Radosavljevic chipped the ball over Alvorado's head after a nice cross from Yanic Wildschut to give Venlo the decisive goal.
Altidore was situated at the top of AZ's attack, but was unable to replicate his recent lively performances.
AZ hope for better next Saturday when they go on the road to face ADO Den Haag, while Venlo face Willem II the same day.
Helmond Sport 3 - 1 Cambuur Leeuwarden
Charles Kazlauskas contributed a goal in his 68 minutes of action for Helmond as they beat Cambuur on Friday.
The match didn't start well for Helmond. Martijn Barto wove through the Helmond defense and finished past Helmond keeper Wouter van der Steen in the eighth minute.
Gillian Justiana tied the game for Helmond in the 33rd minute. Juanito Sequiera lofted a pass back to the Curacao international, who used his chest to control it before sending a left footed effort trickling into the right side of the net.
Kazlauskas scored a magnificent goal to take the lead in the 40th minute. The Cambuur defense attempted to head away a free kick at the top of the box, but the clearance was short.
The Milwaukee native allowed it to bounce once, then volleyed with his left foot from the top of the penalty area. Cambuur keeper Dennis Telgenkamp was helpless as he watched the shot float into the net.
Helmond's momentum materialized in the form of another goal in the 43rd minute. After receiving a pass from Davy Brouwers in the penalty area, Sequiera was able to hold off his defender long enough to get a shot off from eight yards out which Telgenkamp couldn't keep from going into the net.
The win is Helmond's first since September 14th and it puts them back into second in the Eerste Divisie.
Kazalauskas and his teammates face Sparta Rotterdam next Friday while Cambuur take on AGOVV.