AZ Alkmaar unbeaten in 30 home games

Alkmaar’s AZ drew 0-0 against the German team Werder Bremen in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup on Thursday evening, bringing its score in terms of unbeaten home games to 30. The record stands at 31 and is currently with the UK’s Ipswich Town.

Both the Dutch and German teams played defensive games yesterday, especially in the first half.
According to the Telegraaf, the end of the match was ‘somewhat chaotic’ due partly to the Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca which gave AZ’s Icelandic defender Gretar Steinsson a red card what he thought was a hands ball.
After a discussion with his assistant Benquerenca swopped the red for a yellow card.
This means Steinsson can’t play in the return match in Germany next Thursday which will determine which team goes through to the semi-finals.

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