Dutch team AZ Alkmaar are eyeing a third consecutive win in all competitions ahead of their trip to face FC Groningen in league football this weekend. They have won their last two matches in all competitions since the 1-1 draw with FC Twente at home earlier this month.
Ajax Amsterdam were handed their first league defeat of the season by AZ Alkmaar just before the international break which ended earlier this week. The Dutch champions scored first, but they could not secure the win that could have maintained their three-point lead at the top of the table in the Eredivisie.
In-form Ghanaian attacker Mohammed Kudus scored the opening goal for Ajax against AZ Alkmaar on 12 minutes and the visitors led until they were hit with the sucker-punch of conceding twice in the last five minutes of the first half.Mees De Wit scored the equaliser for Alkmaar five minutes from the half-time interval before Jens Odgaard gave them the lead in the sixth minute of the first half. Ajax Amsterdam tried everything possible to get back into the game in the second half as their hosts held on for an impressive win.