RECAP: MIDWEEK DUTCH ACTION
While Jozy Altidore and Charles Kazlauskas both found the net in Dutch Cup action, their teams ended up on opposite ends of high scoring matchups.
XerxesDZB 3 - 3 Helmond Sport (6-5 PK's)
Despite an opening goal from Charles Kazlauskas, Helmond Sport saw peanlty kicks end their Dutch Cup run against fourth tier XerxesDZB.
Kazlauskas struck in the 26th minute to take the game's first lead. Some nice build up play led for an opportunity for Kazlauskas which he had no trouble converting for his second goal of the season from his defensive midfield position.
The led held for Helmond until the 79th minute when Miguel Lopes Silva was able to equalize for the hosts. Xerxes took the lead in the 90th minute by way of a Ricardo Danning strike.
Just moments after Kazlauskas picked up a 92nd minute yellow card, Emrullah Guvenc came to the visitors rescue four minutes into stoppage time, tying the game at 2-2 with seconds to spare.
Kazlauskas got involved again in the 102nd minute when he sent a cross into the box for Erik Quekel, which the 25 year old Dutch striker was able to head home.
Xerxes were not done however. In the 115th minute, Curacao international Gillian Justiana took down Xerxes attacker Felino Jardim in the penalty area. Yuri Rombouts buried the penalty for the home side to tie it moments from the end of extra time.
Kazlauskas was given an opportunity in the penalty shootout, and he buried his chance to give Helmond a 2-1 lead at the time.
The shootout went into the seventh round when Helmond keeper Wouter van der Steen stepped to the spot and skied his opportunity over the crossbar which allowed Xerxes midfielder Mike Navajas Sanchez to win the game for the fourth division team on the next shot.
Despite the disappointment, Xerxes will now be allowed to focus solely on the Eerste Divisie which they currently lead. Kazlauskas and crew get back to action on Monday when they host Dodrecht.
AZ Alkmaar 4 - 1 SC Veendam
Jozy Altidore played the entire match for AZ, adding a late insurance goal in the process as a Viktor Elm hat trick propelled the home side to a lopsided win over Veendam.
In the 8th minute, after some nice hold up play from Altidore at the top of the box, Mikhail Roshevaul sent in a cross from the right side which found the Swede Elm charging towards the far post. Elm powered his header into the upper left corner past Veendam keeper Theo Timmermans.
Altidore and Roshevaul supplied the buildup for Elm again in the 20th minute. Jozy slipped the dutchman past the opposing backline with a beautiful through ball. Roshevaul sent a low cross in on his first touch which Elm was able to poke home into the open net. The 26 year old Swedish international completed his hat trick in the 34th minute with a penalty kick
Altidore made it 4-0 with a penalty kick of his own in the 76th minute. Adam Maher was taken down inside the penalty box by Niek Loohuis. Altidore blasted his shot past Timmermans, who guessed correctly when he dove to his right, but stood no chance.
Tom Overtoom grabbed a consolation goal for the visitors in the 78th minute with a nice 20 yard free kick which found it's way through the wall before it swerved inside the right post.
Altidore and AZ resume Eredivisie action this weekend when they host RJC Waalwijk while Veendam take on Cambuur in the second division.