BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Sunday, October 7, 2012
Jozy Altidore lost his cool and earned a red card on Sunday as AZ's troublesome start to the Eredivisie season continued.

Twente 3 - 0 AZ Alkmaar

It was an early exit for Jozy Altidore on Sunday as two 51st minute yellow card's removed him from Alkmaar's loss to Twente.

Nacer Chadii opened the lead for Twente in the 20th minute. The Belgian got on the end of a low cross from Edson Braafield and volleyed it into the near post.

Altidore was relatively quiet in the first half, but nearly notched his his ninth goal in the 48th minute. The bulky American turned as he shrugged off two defenders at the edge of the box and rifled a a right footed shot inches over the crossbar.

Minutes later, Altidore was shown the door by referee Danny Makkelie after objecting to a red card issued to Adam Maher. The 19 year old Netherlands international believed he'd been fouled by a Twente player and retaliated by tripping the defender. Makkelie showed Maher the red card, after which Altidore took exception, screaming at and bumping into the official. After a yellow card was issued, Altidore continued to pester the official, and received a second yellow and was forced to leave.

It was all Twente from that point. Makkelie awarded Twente a penalty when Viktor Elm took down Dusan Tadic in the penalty area in the 59th minute. The Serbian took it himself, and buried it past Alkmaar goalie Esteban Alvarado.

Twente put it firmly out of reach when Luc Castaignos made it 3-0 in the 62nd minute. Roberto Rosales provided the assist for the former Inter striker who netted his second goal of the season.

Altidore will have to be absent Saturday when AZ face NEC while Twente face Roda JC.

Excelsior 2 - 2 Helmond Sport

Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport continue to sputter after their impressive beginning to the Eerste Divisie season as they played to a draw with Excelsior on Friday.

Excelsior jumped out in the first half, grabbing a 2-0 lead before allowing Helmond to creep back into the game.

Mick van Buren scored for the hosts in the 19th minute. The striker dispossessed Emrullah Guvenc in midfield and burst past the Helmond defense before finishing to make the score 1-0.

Jurgen Mattheij received a yellow card for a foul on Sebastian Stachnik in the penalty area in the 34th minute. Guvenc stepped up to take the ensuing penalty, but couldn't make ammends for his previous giveaway, as Excelsior keeper Jordy Deckers made the save.

Excelsior continued to jeopardize their lead in the 34th minute as Mats van Huijgevoort received a straight red card for a vicious tackle on Mees Junior Siers.

However Excelsior maintained their attacking pressure and Elvis Manu used a dazzling dribbling display through Helmond's defense to double his team's lead in the 39th minute.

Matthiej was sent off in the 45th minute for another foul in the box, bringing Excelsior down to nine men. This time Stachnik took the penalty, but the German skied his effort over the crossbar, squandering another opportunity to bring his team closer.

Helmond came out attacking in the second half, and soon Stachnik cut the lead in half. In the 51st minute the striker headed in a nice cross from Siers to bring his team back into the game.

Kazlauskas was removed in favor of Karim Mossaoui in the 72nd minute, the Milwaukee born midfielder offering little of note throughout his shift.

Stachnik leveled for Helmond in the 79th minute. This time the German blistered a close range shot off his right foot past Deckers, securing the tie for Helmond.

Helmond are back in action Friday against Go Ahead Eagles while Excelsior face Dodrecht.

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