AZ delivered an impressive performance against Real Sociedad, but in the end the Basques are the moral winner of the Europa League game in Alkmaar. That is the conclusion of the Spanish media after the scoreless draw.
‘La Real also knows how to suffer,’ headlines Brand, which speaks of a valuable point for the Basques with a view to European wintering. ‘Until now we were used to seeing a dominant and awe-inspiring Real. This Thursday it showed that it can also suffer. That was the case against AZ, which had three big chances to take the game. Goalkeeper Alex Remiro and the crossbar prevented a serious setback to the European ambitions. ‘
Adnan Januzaj got the first big chance of the game, but that caused AZ to ‘wake up’. “ From that moment the home team grew in the game and that went hand in hand with the performance of Stengs, who had a very good first 45 minutes, but then fell back slightly, ” said Brand.
The largest sports newspaper in Spain saw AZ also claim the most in the second half of a hit and points to the great opportunities for Dani de Wit, Teun Koopmeiners and Zakaria Aboukhlal. Alex Remiro was decisive. He had to be on the ball a lot more than in most other games this season. On the other hand, La Real hardly put Bizot to the test. ‘
AS mentions a ‘golden point in Alkmaar’. According to the sports newspaper, the Basques were ‘about to lose’. “The draw must be valued. It was sweating for Real, who was uncomfortable during the game. It’s no surprise that the team played its least fluid game of the season without David Silva, a crucial player.
AS even mentions the worst game for the leader of La Liga. The high and intense pressure from AZ damaged Real. After Januzaj conjured with the ball at the start of the second half, coach Arne Slot’s team had a few dizzying minutes, in which it miraculously failed to score. First, Remiro saved on a header chance by De Wit, then Koopmeiners hit the bar. ‘
Only in the final phase did the visitors recover somewhat. ‘Real frightened for a moment, but AZ also instilled fear. They kept pushing, didn’t care about possession, but went forward like a rocket. This is also the case with an action by Myron Boadu, who still served Aboukhlal. His header went over. Real Sociead then cherished the golden point. ‘
Important detail to the disadvantage of AZ
Sports world just like Brand of ‘prolonged suffering’ for Real Sociead. ‘AZ improved considerably compared to the game in Anoeta, endangered loose txuri urdin and enjoyed the best chances.’ Still, the Spanish media can live with the draw. “Real Sociedad missed the opportunity to take a huge step towards the sixteenth finals, but there is one small detail that can be decisive in a group where the differences are minimal: the mutual result”, said Sports Diary.
That means Sport on the fact that AZ and Real Sociedad now both have seven points, two less than league-leader Napoli. “If AZ does not proceed, they will remember this match.”
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