AZ held by lowly NEC
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
AZ Alkmaar missed the chance to go three points clear at the top of De Eredivisie.AZ Alkmaar missed the chance to go three points clear at the top of De Eredivisie after being held to a surprising 1-1 draw by NEC Nijmegen.
The home crowd were expecting a victory on the resumption of the Dutch league following their winter break, but were silenced after 23 minutes when Polish striker Andrzej Niedzielan fired NEC ahead.
AZ were level before the interval, as Dane Kenneth Perez levelled.
The Dutch league's surprise package pushed for a winner, but it was not to be as fifth from bottom NEC claimed a shock point.
AZ's failure to win means PSV Eindhoven could go top with victory of NAC Breda on Saturday.
Click below for match summary:
AZ Alkmaar 1-1 NEC Nijmegen
Click here for De Eredivisie table.