Mar 15, 2023 at 4:05 PMUpdate: 8 minutes ago
AZ under 19 reached the semi-finals of the Youth League on Wednesday with a resounding victory over Real Madrid. The Alkmaarders won for their own audience in Wijdewormer 4-0 against the ‘Koninklijke’.
AZ took on Real Madrid at war strength, with some players who played for Young AZ this season. For example, Mexx Meerdink was at the kick-off as captain. The striker has already scored six times in the Kitchen Champion Division this season and last week participated as a substitute in the main squad’s Conference League match against Lazio.
In the 25th minute it was already a hit for AZ via Daniël Beukers, who tapped in from close range after a scrimmage at a corner. Not much later, the lightning-fast Ernest Poku scored the 2-0 after a long dribble. Poku has already played eleven matches in the Kitchen Champion Division this season.
The victory was no longer in danger for AZ’s talents in the second half. Meerdink made the third goal from close range in the 78th minute and Beukers made the final chord with a shot in the short corner.
In the semifinals of the Youth League, a European youth competition, AZ awaits a match against Sporting CP. Earlier in the tournament, the Portuguese dominated Ajax 5-1. The other semi-final is between AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund/Hajduk Split. The Italians were 2-0 too strong for Atlético Madrid.
AZ, which already impressed in the knockout phase by beating Eintracht Frankfurt (5-0) and FC Barcelona (3-0), will play the final round of the Youth League in Nyon, Switzerland. The losing semi-finalists will play each other in the consolation final.
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