RECAP: WEEKEND DUTCH ACTION
Both Aron Johannsson and Charles Kazlauskas started for the teams this weekend as AZ and Helmond were both able to grab wins on the road.
PEC Zwolle 0 - 2 AZ
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar made it two wins in a row under new manager Dick Advocaat on Sunday as they defeated PEC Zwolle. The American striker started up top and played 74 minutes as AZ jumped all the way from eighth to third with the win.
PEC Zwolle came out firing, and Costa Rican keeper Esteban Alvarado made a miraculous save on a Stef Nijland free kick to keep AZ equal. Against the run of play, AZ found a little bit of luck to take the lead in the 37th minute. Maarten Martens free kick flew aimlessly toward the far post, where PEC defender Joost Broerse's attempted headed clearance went tragically wrong, and into his own net.
PEC came close to equalizing through Giovanni Hiwat, but Alvarado denied the winger twice to hold onto the narrow lead. The hosts continued to threaten AZ's slim lead until the 57th minute, when another Martens set piece doubled the visitor's lead. Martens found defender Nik Viergiver unmarked at the near post on a corner, and Viergiver slotted it home to make it 2-0.
With the lead in hand, Advocaat withdrew Johannsson in favor of a more defensive lineup in the 74th minute. Johannsson was relatively quiet on the evening, the striker didn't factor into any major scoring opportunities for his team as they rolled to victory.
AZ are back in action Wednesday when they face Achilles '29 in the KNVB Cup.
FC Oss 2 - 3 Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport spared some blushes late, as two goals within a minute of one another helped them defeat last place FC Oss. Kazlauskas played the whole game at right back for Helmond as they stretched their undefeated streak to four games.
FC Oss took the lead in the seventh minute as Stuttgart loanee Marko Maletic put home a Dennis Janssen cross to make it 1-0. Helmond were able to respond immediately as Kevin Visser dispossessed left back Lorenzo Pique, when he found Serhat Koc who played the ball off to Stanley Elbers for the equalizer.
Jorzolino Falkenstein took the lead back for Oss in the 44th minute off of a Maletic pass to take a 2-1 lead into half time. Helmond were unable to respond until the 72nd minute. Arne van Geffen's free kick was headed in by Davy Brouwers, levelling the score for less than sixty seconds, as Elbers second goal on the evening put the visitors ahead. FC Oss keeper Richard Arends couldn't maintain possession in his own penalty area, which allowed Dave Nieskens to float a cross to an unmarked Elbers to head home comfortably for the 3-2 lead.
With the win Helmond move up to seventh in the Eerste Divisie, while Oss stay firmly planted at the bottom. Helmond are next in action November 4th against Jong Ajax.