The Alkmaarders started the match the better side of the two and came close to opening the score via Australia international Brett Holman. However, the versatile attacker’s long range striker bounced off the cross-bar before being cleared into safety. AZ did break the deadlock around the hour mark. Sloppy defending from NAC resulted in a chance for Erik Falkenburg and the forward clinically finished to make it 1-0. NAC weren’t impressed too much though and experienced attacker Matthew Amoah drew things level again after an excellent cross from Joonas Kolkka.