RECAP: WEEKEND DUTCH ACTION
After scoring his first goal for the U.S national team, Aron Johannsson put on a magnificent two goal, one assist performance against Cambuur
AZ 3 - 1 SC Cambuur
After scoring his first goal for the United States against Panama last week, Aron Johannsson stayed hot on his return to Holland, having a hand in all three goals for AZ Alkmaar as they strolled to a victory in new manager Dick Advocaat's debut.
The day did not start as planned for Advocaat's side. After Jeffrey Gouweleeuw was called for a penalty, Marcel Ritzmaier played a free kick from 35 yards out into the box where Michiel Hemmen sent a nice header into the lower left corner from seven yards out to make it 1-0 Cambuur.
Johannsson picked up his first yellow card of the year in the 29th minute when, after sprinting past the Cambuur backline to get on the end of a lob from Marten Maartens, referee Jochem Kamphuis judged Johannsson to use his arm to deflect the ball down.
The American helped his team knot the score soon after in the 35th minute. Johannsson raced a Cambuur defender to the edge of the box, where he cut a beautiful pass back to Roy Beerens, who stabbed a left footed finish home from about twelve yards out.
Shortly thereafter, Johannsson was able to put his team ahead with a goal of his own in the 43rd minute. Beerens sent a cross into the penalty area from deep down the right flank. Marten Maartens attempted to reach it for a header, but only managed to slightly deflect it right to an unmarked Johannsson. The American calmly settled it with his right foot, before nestling a left footed strike right inside the right upright from seven yards out, making it 2-1 in favor of AZ.
Johannsson sealed the result for AZ in the 68th minute. The sluggish Cambuur defense failed to anticipate Maartens quick free kick, which the Belgian played through the backline to an eager Johannsson, who made one cut back which sent defender Ramon Leeuwin sliding out of his path before curling a beautiful right footed shot into the left side of the net to expand AZ's lead to 3-1.
Johannsson now sits third on Eredivisie scoring charts with seven goals in ten games thus far. He and his AZ teammates are next in action Sunday against PEC Zwolle.
Helmond Sport 1 - 1 Jong PSV
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond were rescued in the 90th minute by veteran Davy Brouwers, as they were able to pull out a tie at home against Jong PSV.
Neither side were able to get much going in the first half, with PSV generating most of the scoring opportunities, while Helmond was able to maintain most of the possession.
Jong PSV were able to take the lead in the 61st minute. Dutch international Luciano Narsingh did a nice job in rounding Helmond keeper Wouter Van der Steen, and was able to convert the opportunity, giving Jong PSV the lead.
Helmond were given a life line in stoppage time when PSV keeper Ben van Leer's attempted punch to clear the ball landed at the feet of Helmond midfielder Karim Bridji, who played it back into the penalty area, where Brouwers was able to head it into the net to give Helmond a deserved point.
Kazlauskas and his teammates are next in action Friday against FC Oss.