BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Aron Johannsson stole the headlines in Holland again this weekend with a two-goal performance in a blowout win for AZ over Heracles.
AZ 4 - 0 Heracles
A pair of Johannsson's dominated as AZ ran roughshod over short-handed Heracles.
American ace Aron Johannsson, who played the whole game for the hosts, put his side on top with two first-half goals, while Swede Mattias Johansson assisted on both of those goals, in addition to grabbing one for himself later on.
Johannsson added to his prolific goal tally early on, putting his team ahead in the 16th minute. Mattias Johansson shook off his defender before finding the American on the right side of the box, who took one touch before lofting a right footed shot over the head of Heracles keeper Remko Passver.
Milano Koenders was show a straight red card for an overzealous tackle on Aron Johannsson, which put the visitors down to ten men in just the 24th minute.
Johannsson used some fancy foot work in the 37th minute to grab his second goal.
The American gathered Mattias Johansson's pass from the right side of the box, then gracefully wove through two defenders before getting Passver off balance and slotting his shot just inside the right post.
After providing two assists for the other Johannsson, Mattias Johansson executed a nice combination play with Steven Berghuis then sent a shot through Passver's legs to make it 3-0 in the 79th minute.
Viktor Elm scored with a thunderous left-footed shot from 20 yards out in second-half stoppage time to round out the scoreline.
Johannsson now has 24 goals in all competitions for AZ this season including 16 in the Eredivisie, third most in the league.
AZ, currently in seventh place, have a big week ahead of them as they host Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League on Thursday before traveling to second place FC Twente next Sunday.
PSV 1 - 0 FC Utrecht
Utrecht battled valiantly, but were eventually undone by massive pressure from Dutch giants PSV, as Juan Agudelo's team fell in a close game on the road.
Agudelo came on in the 61st minute, but had little opportunity to contribute in the final third as PSV controlled the run of the game.
Despite pinning Utrecht down for most of the first half, PSV couldn't find the opening goal in the first 45 minutes. Memphis Dupay and Jurgen Locadia squandered multiple chances for the hosts in the first-half.
Locadia, a Dutch youth international on nine occasions, redeemed himself in the 51st minute. The 20-year old latched onto a rebound from a corner and sent it into the open net to put PSV in front.
After Agudelo's introduction, Utrecht found a few rare opportunities, but both Tommy Oar and Steve De Ridder failed to turn their shot's into goals.
The schedule gets substantially easier for 14th place Utrecht next weekend, when the face last-place NEC on Sunday.
MVV 0 - 0 Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas played the entire game again for Helmond Sport, as they settled for a tie in an ugly contest against MVV.
Helmond played a decent first half, and were unlucky not to have scored. First, Serhat Koc was denied by the crossbar. Stanley Elbers hit the post again for Helmond later in the half, as they were unfortunate to not have the lead walking in at half time.
The second-half was a different story, and MVV spent most of the time on the attack. Wouter van der Steen made a series of important saves for Helmond though, and the hosts couldn't find a game-winning goal as the game ended scoreless.
Kazlauskas streched his ironman streak all the way to Helmond's 31st game. The Milwaukee native has played all 90 minutes in each of Helmond's 30 Eerste Divisie games, as well as their one Dutch Cup game, totaling a staggering 2790 minutes thus far.
Kazlauskas look's to make it anotherr 90 minutes next Friday when seventh-place Helmond take on Fortuna Sittard.
Dion Watson did not make the match-day roster for Fortuna Sittard as they tied Excelsior 2-2.