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Dundalk fall to defeat against AZ Alkmaar in Europa League

Dundalk will need a minimum of a point in their next Europa League fixture with Maccabi Tel Aviv in December after losing one nil to AZ Alkmaar in Tallaght Stadium tonight.

The deadlock was broken on the 9th minute when a cross in from the right from AZ’s Seuntjens unfortunately bounced off Dane Massey and landed at Weghorst’s feet who slotted past Gary Rogers to put the Dutch side one up.

Dundalk sprung into life on the 26th minute when a passing combination between Benson & Horgan ended with Vlaar putting the ball out for a corner as Kilduff was about to pull the trigger.

Kenny’s men could have been level in the 36th when a perfectly timed cross from a free kick was met by the head of Ciaran Kilduff only for his effort to go wide of the post.

Dundalk were dealt a blow just before half time when their inspirational captain Stephen O’Donnell came off injured and was replaced by John Mountney.

Gary Rogers gave his doubters reason to believe in his ability to perform at the highest level when he made a match winning save to keep it at 1-0 as Weghorst was in on goal in the 59th minute.

A moment of magic from Ronan Finn nearly leveled up the game on 82 minutes when he seen the AZ keeper off his line and from the edge of the area cheekily chipped the ball over him only for the effort to land just left of the post.

Dundalk huffed and puffed towards the end but could not find an equaliser and go into their next game away in Israel needed a point to be in with a chance of qualification.

Dundalk: Rogers; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; O’Donnell, Benson; McEleney, Finn, Horgan; Kilduff: Subs: Sava, Shields, Mountney, McMillan, Barrett, Shiels, Keane.

AZ Alkmaar: Rochet; Johansson, Vlaar, Wuytens, Haps; Luckassn, Seuntjens, Rienstra; Jahanbakhsh, Weghorst, Tankovic: Subs: Olij, Bel Hassani, Dos Santos, Muhren, Ouwejan, Friday, Garcia.

Attendance: 5,700

LeagueofIreland.ie man of the match: Gary Rogers (Dundalk)

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One thought on “Dundalk fall to defeat against AZ Alkmaar in Europa League

  1. This was always going to be a difficult fixture. Alkmaar underestimated us at home and had their game plan on point this time. Dundalk were always going to be rusty after the break and that showed in the first 15 minutes and unfortunately they conceeded the goal.
    Maccabee have already been beaten by Dundalk and are carrying a much lower coefficient than AZ. Chris Shields coming back into midfield will make those all important tackles in allowing dundalk to move forward. It’s a totally winnable game for Dundalk.
    AZ have to go to Zenit who have already said they want to take full points from the group. I don’t think AZ will pick up any points there. I would be surprised if Dundalk did not make it out of the group.

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