KNVB Beker Quarter-Finals Report – AZ advance


Krankzinnige minuut beslist bekerduel in Kerkrade

Tuesday 21st January


Dick Advocaat’s men advance in a controversial game that saw Roda’s Krisztián Németh sent off for barging into the referee. The Hungarian international clashed with referee Serdar Gözübüyük after the official’s deemed that the Hungarian striker had dived in the box on 57 minutes.

Current KNVB Beker holders AZ took the lead in fortunate fashion, Roy Beerens whipped in a corner on 31 minutes and after Jan Wuytens flicked the ball towards goal, the effort bounced onto the arm of Bart Biemens and past goalkeeper Filip Kurto.

Jon Dahl Tomasson must have rallied the team up as they blasted out of the blocks at the start of the second half but before they could get back into the game, in the 57th minute, Németh was sent off. It was an insane act by the striker that did not help the cause.

After arguments between players and Németh was finally removed from the pitch, which lead to AZ doubled their advantage just a minute later. Viktor Elm flicked on a long ball from the defence into the path of Aron Johansson who calmly finished and sent AZ into the semi-finals.


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