Twente started the game well at home, with Vak-P having to sit empty due to a penalty, but it didn’t really work out. At least it provided a margin of two, unlike the previous preliminary round against Hammarby.
This led to extra time in the second leg, but now the lead was twice as large as two goals. The goals of the match were scored by Alphonse Sampstead (11) and Dan Roots (67). If Twente survive the return leg in Latvia next week, a strong opponent will likely await them in the qualifiers.
AZ Alkmaar had no complaints about the draw and went to Andorra in good spirits to meet Santa Coloma, but they almost missed the target. At least the home club managed to provide some football opportunities, while the Alkmaarders offered very little in return.
However, AZ got a good result. And Djordje Mihajlovic can thank him for that. He scored in the 74th minute and AZ escaped well. In either case, the return will be next Thursday and no major problems should be expected for the Dutch clubs. Certainly not for Arizona, who takes over at home.
In general, the Dutch clubs have once again managed to collect good points in terms of coefficient and high rating in the important UEFA rankings, on the basis of which their European tickets to competitions are allocated. PSV also contributed to victory in the preliminary round of the Champions League.
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