ARNHEM. Vitesse overcame AZ to win 2-1. A goal from L. Openda was decisive in the 86min. It was Vitesse to strike first with a goal of T. Buitink at the 22′. Then it was a goal in the 59′ minute to make things even for 1-1. Eventually, L. Openda gave the win to Vitesse in the 86′ minute with a goal. AZ was vastly superior in terms of ball possession (63%).
The match was played at the GelreDome stadium in Arnhem on Thursday and it started at 8:00 pm local time. The referee was Pol van Boekel with the assistance of Dave Goossens and Cristian Dobre. The 4th official was Joey Kooij. The weather was thunderstorm. The temperature was pleasant around 16.7 degrees Celsius or 62.06 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 77%.
AZ was in firm control of the ball 63% while Vitesse was struggling with a 37% ball possession.
AZ was more aggressive with 56 dangerous attacks and 13 shots of which 4 were on target. Still, Vitesse was capable to find the solution to win this match.
Vitesse shot 7 times, 3 on target, 4 off target. On the other side, AZ shot 13 times, 4 on target, 9 off target.
Vitesse received 1 yellow card (T. Hajek). On the opposite side, No yellow cards were issued to AZ.
After playing this encounter, Vitesse will have 51 points to stay in the 6th place. On the opposite side, AZ will stay with 61 points to stay in the 5th place.
G. de Regt
A. F. Witry
AZ will host Vitesse on the 29th of May with a 17-8 head to head in favor of AZ (9 draws).
Vitesse: Formation and Lineups
Vitesse started with a 4-3-1-2 line-up (4-3-1-2).
The manager Thomas Letsch chose to play with the following team: Jeroen Houwen , Romaric Yapi , Riechedly Bazoer , Danilho Doekhi , Million Manhoef , Matúš Bero , Sondre Tronstad , Patrick Vroegh , Toni Domgjoni , Loïs Openda and Thomas Buitink .
Vitesse made 5 changes: T. Domgjoni for T. Hajek (46′), T. Buitink for D. Huisman (76′), R. Yapi for M. Jonathans (76′), P. Vroegh for G. de Regt (76′) and L. Openda for M. Steffen (88′).
Top player: Thomas Buitink
The player who no doubt impressed Vitesse the most was Thomas Buitink.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 9 passes (66% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 2 duels out of 5.
AZ: Formation and Lineups
AZ started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
On the opposite side, Pascal Jansen played with: Peter Vindahl Jensen , Pantelis Hatzidiakos , Sam Beukema , Bruno Martins Indi , Miloš Kerkez , Fredrik Midtsjø , Dani De Wit , Jordy Clasie , Håkon Evjen , Vangelis Pavlidis and Jesper Karlsson .
AZ made 3 changes: F. Midtsjo for T. Reijnders (18′), H. Evjen for Z. Aboukhlal (80′) and M. Kerkez for A. F. Witry (81′).
Top player: Jordy Clasie
Probably the most impressive player in AZ was Jordy Clasie.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 61 passes (93% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 5 duels out of 5. He performed 1 cross.