Submarines sunk by AZ
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
AZ Alkmaar took control of their Uefa Cup tie with Villarreal after winning 2-1 in Spain.Dutch side AZ Alkmaar took control of their Uefa Cup tie with Villarreal after winning 2-1 in Spain.
The Yellow Submarines were looking to get a good lead to take to Holland in the first leg of their quarter final at El Madrigal, but AZ, second in De Eredivisie showed they are not to be taken lightly.
Despite a good start for the hosts, AZ took the lead through Denny Landzaat after 12 minutes, although Juan Roman Riquelme equalised barely two minutes later.
Riquelme then missed a penalty and Villarreal were punished further as Robin Nelisse gave the up-and-coming Dutch side a good lead for the second leg.
The Spaniards made a good start on their home turf, but AZ are no mugs this season and they took the lead after 12 minutes, albeit against the run of play.
Skipper Landzaat was the man who broke the deadlock, firing in a shot first time from the edge of the box following Nelisse's lay-off.
The lead was a brief one, however, and the Dutch side were pegged back just two minutes later when Riquelme dispatched a good shot of his own following a neat one-two with Luciano Figueroa.
Villarreal had the chance to go ahead just before the half hour when Jan Kromkamp fouled Figueroa inside the box, leading Austrian referee Konrad Plautz to point to the spot.
Riquelme stepped up to take the spot-kick, but the Argentinian was denied by a superb save from Henk Timmer, who threw himself to his left to save the penalty.
The second half saw the home side make all the running, but yet again AZ hit them with a goal against the run of play on 74 minutes.
Kromkamp's charged into opposition territory before crossing for Nelisse and, although his near post effort was kept out by Jose Reina, he was on hand to dispatch the rebound.
AZ held on for a superb win that puts them in the driving seat to earn what would be a surprise semi-final berth in the Uefa Cup.
Villarreal 1-2 AZ