Eredivisie: AZ tops Fortuna Sittard 3-1

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ALKMAAR. AZ tops Fortuna Sittard 3-1.

ALKMAAR. AZ tops Fortuna Sittard 3-1.

The match was played at the AFAS Stadion stadium in Alkmaar on Sunday and it started at 4:45 pm local time. The referee was Dennis Higler with the collaboration of Mario Diks and Richard Brondijk. The 4th official was Robin Vereijken. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was quite cold around 2 degrees Celsius or 35.62 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 70%.​

Match Statistics

The ball possession was identical with both team possessing the ball for 50% of the time.

There wasn’t much of a difference in ball possession. AZ was in possession of the ball for 50% of the time vs. Fortuna Sittard that controlled the ball for 50% of the time.

AZ was more aggressive with 58 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 6 were on target. Which is one of the reasons AZ won the encounter.

AZ shot 17 times, 6 on target, 11 off target. On the opposite side, Fortuna Sittard shot 7 times, 1 on target, 6 off target.


AZ received 1 yellow card (Zinho Vanheusden ). Talking about the opposition, No yellow cards were issued to Fortuna Sittard.

After this contest, AZ will have 33 points to move up in the 5th place. Regarding the opposition, Fortuna Sittard will stay with 16 points to stay in the 13th place.

Match Events

  • 4'

    D. de Wit

  • 11'

    Burak Yilmaz (Penalty)

  • 24'

    Ximo Navarro (OG)

  • 34'

    D. Mihailovic

    D. de Wit

  • 41'

    Zinho Vanheusden 

  • 46'

    M. Dekker

    Zinho Vanheusden 

  • 56'

    Vangelis Pavlidis

  • 62'

    Úmaro Embaló

    Ximo Navarro

  • 62'

    Oguzhan Özyakup

    Deroy Duarte

  • 63'

    George Cox

    Rémy Vita

  • 63'

    Paul Gladon

    Tijjani Noslin

  • 78'

    Thomas Buitink

    Iñigo Córdoba

  • 89'

    Mees de Wit

    M. Kerkez

  • 90'

    Zico Buurmeester

    M. Kerkez

Next match

In the upcoming Eredivisie match, AZ will play away with Go Ahead Eagles on the 25th of January with a 7-1 head to head stats in favor of AZ (1 draw).

Fortuna Sittard will host SC Heerenveen on the 25th of January with a 5-3 head to head record in favor of SC Heerenveen (1 draw).

AZ: Formation and Lineups

AZ started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).

The manager Pascal Jansen chose to play with the following team: Mathew Ryan (6.4), Yukinari Sugawara (7.3), Zinho Vanheusden (6.1), Pantelis Hatzidiakos (6.8), Miloš Kerkez (7.2), Tijjani Reijnders (6.6), Jordy Clasie (7.3), Jens Odgaard (7.2), Dani de Wit (7.1), Jesper Karlsson (7.0) and Vangelis Pavlidis (7.4).


AZ made 4 changes: D. de Wit for D. Mihailovic (34′), Zinho Vanheusden  for M. Dekker (46′), M. Kerkez for Mees de Wit (89′) and M. Kerkez for Zico Buurmeester (90′).

Top player: Djordje Mihailović

The player who no doubt impressed AZ the most was Djordje Mihailović even if he didn’t score any goal.

His rating is (7.7) with 18 passes (83% accurate) and 3 key passes. He was won 7 duels out of 9.

His performance was notable also because he began the game from the bench before entering the field in the 34′.

Fortuna Sittard: Formation and Lineups

Fortuna Sittard started with a 4-4-1-1 line-up (4-4-1-1).

On the opposite side, Julio Velázquez Santiago played with: Ivor Pandur (6.3), Ivo Pinto (6.2), Stipe Radić (6.8), Rodrigo Guth (7.1), Ximo Navarro (6.1), Tijjani Noslin (6.4), Deroy Duarte (6.4), Arianit Ferati (7.3), Rémy Vita (6.5), Iñigo Cordoba (6.6) and Burak Yılmaz (7.1).


Fortuna Sittard made 5 changes: Ximo Navarro for George Cox (62′), Tijjani Noslin for Oguzhan Özyakup (62′), Rémy Vita for Úmaro Embaló (62′), Tijjani Noslin for Paul Gladon (63′) and Iñigo Córdoba for Thomas Buitink (78′).

Top player: Arianit Ferati

The player who no doubt impressed Fortuna Sittard the most was Arianit Ferati.

His rating is (7.3) with 46 passes (86% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 7 duels out of 12. He performed 1 cross.

Results of the day

These are the results of the day in the Eredivisie


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