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Dmitri Baga takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Dirk Marcellis manages to make a clearance.
Booking for Vitaly Rodionov for unsporting behaviour.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson grabs a headed goal from close in. BATE 4-1 AZ.Assist by Brett Holman.
Corner taken right-footed by Dmitri Baga from the left by-line to the near post, Sergio Romero makes a save.
Kew Jaliens is brought on as a substitute for Niklas Moisander.
(BATE) makes a substitution, with Maksim Skavysh coming on for Renan Bressan.
A fantastic goal is scored by Edgar Olekhnovich from just outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. BATE 4-0 AZ.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Renan Bressan from the right by-line, clearance by Rasmus Elm.
Inswinging corner taken by Renan Bressan from the left by-line, Nick Van der Velden manages to make a clearance.
Effort from deep inside the area by Pavel Nekhaychik misses to the left of the goal.
Dmitri Baga replaces Artem Kontsevoy. Pontus Wernbloom leaves the field to be replaced by Nick Van der Velden.
Hector Moreno challenges Vitaly Rodionov unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Renan Bressan scores a placed penalty. BATE 3-0 AZ.
Vitaly Rodionov fouled by Hector Moreno, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Renan Bressan, Artem Radkov has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
The offside flag is raised against Mauricio Jonathas. Sergey Veremko takes the indirect free kick.
Edgar Olekhnovich has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Edgar Olekhnovich produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Maksim Bordachov delivers the ball, Dirk Marcellis makes a clearance.
Vitaly Rodionov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson. Brett Holman on for Johann Berg Gudmundsson. Free kick taken by Sergio Romero.
Vitaly Rodionov takes a shot. Comfortable save by Sergio Romero.
Foul by Johann Berg Gudmundsson on Alexander Yurevich, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Igor Shitov.
Artem Radkov concedes a Penalty for a foul on Mauricio Jonathas. Booking for Artem Radkov for unsporting behaviour. Penalty taken by Mauricio Jonathas is saved by Sergey Veremko. BATE 2-0 AZ.Inswinging corner taken by Rasmus Elm from the right by-line, Artem Radkov manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sergio Romero.
The ball is crossed by Dirk Marcellis, save by Sergey Veremko.
The referee blows for offside against Mauricio Jonathas. Free kick taken by Sergey Veremko.
The referee penalises Stijn Schaars for handball. Sergey Veremko takes the free kick.
Artem Kontsevoy finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. BATE 2-0 AZ.Assist by Pavel Nekhaychik.
Alexander Volodko fouled by Pontus Wernbloom, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Igor Shitov.
(BATE) makes a substitution, with Artem Radkov coming on for Sergey Sosnovskiy.
Mauricio Jonathas fouled by Sergey Sosnovskiy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dirk Marcellis.
Pontus Wernbloom takes a shot.
Corner taken right-footed by Rasmus Elm, clearance by Maksim Bordachov.
Rasmus Elm takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Sergey Sosnovskiy.
Edgar Olekhnovich takes a shot. Sergio Romero makes a save.
Mauricio Jonathas has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Alexander Yurevich produces a left-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Pavel Nekhaychik by Stijn Schaars results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Renan Bressan, Vitaly Rodionov concedes a free kick for a foul on Hector Moreno. Sergio Romero restarts play with the free kick.
Sergey Sosnovskiy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mauricio Jonathas. Strike on goal comes in from Stijn Schaars from the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Artem Kontsevoy, save made by Sergio Romero.
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson delivers the ball, clearance made by Sergey Sosnovskiy.
Inswinging corner taken by Rasmus Elm, Sergey Sosnovskiy makes a clearance.
Vitaly Rodionov takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Sergio Romero.
Pontus Wernbloom produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Renan Bressan takes a shot. Save made by Sergio Romero.
The referee blows for offside against Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. Sergey Veremko restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hector Moreno on Artem Kontsevoy. Free kick taken by Renan Bressan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Vitaly Rodionov on Dirk Marcellis. Free kick taken by Niklas Moisander.
Sergio Romero gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Pavel Nekhaychik. Sergio Romero booked for unsporting behaviour. Penalty taken by Artem Kontsevoy is saved by Sergio Romero. BATE 1-0 AZ.
Corner taken right-footed by Renan Bressan to the near post, clearance made by Hector Moreno. Igor Shitov takes a shot. Sergio Romero makes a save.
Headed effort from inside the area by Artem Kontsevoy misses to the left of the goal.
Effort by Edgar Olekhnovich from a long way out goes over the target.
Handball decision goes against Dirk Marcellis. Direct free kick taken by Sergey Veremko.
Sergey Sosnovskiy challenges Mauricio Jonathas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ragnar Klavan.
Vitaly Rodionov grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. BATE 1-0 AZ.Assist on the goal came from Renan Bressan.
The ball is crossed by Artem Kontsevoy, save by Sergio Romero.
The referee gets the game underway.
The first half comes to an end.
The game restarts for the second half.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Falkenburg prepared for tricky trip
AZ Alkmaar midfielder Eric Falkenburg is expecting a tougher test against Belarusian champions BATE Borisov than his side faced in their opening Europa League group game against FC Sheriff of Moldova.
Falkenburg and co were 2-1 home victors against Sheriff but they may be in for a tougher examination from BATE, the six-time national champions who are on course for a seventh in the current campaign.
He told De Telegraaf: "I estimate that their level is slightly higher than FC Sheriff's. We will not underestimate them, they have won a number of league titles and played in the Champions League a few years back.
"The best we could hope for is a 1-0 win, we have demonstrated that we have the ability to keep clean sheets."
AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek named a squad of 21 for the match in Minsk, with the players and officials flying out from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
Belgian playmaker Maarten Martens was unavailable for the trip due to an ankle injury, along with Simon Poulsen, but Australia international Brett Holman was fit to travel after being sidelined since August by a calf problem.
Falkenburg admits it will be a flying visit to Belarus, and said: "Just like last time against (Kazakhstan side) FC Aktobe (in the qualifiers) we will only see the road from the airport to the hotel. I'll see Belarus from the window of the bus. On Friday we'll train again in Alkmaar and on Sunday we have a league match against Heracles on the programme. So we are here purely for our match."
BATE will be looking to pick up a first win after claiming a 2-2 draw away to Dynamo Kiev in their first match in Group E and are unbeaten in their last three European encounters.
AZ have not won a European tie away from home for three years, the last coming against Portuguese side Pacos Ferreira in September 2007.
AZ, finalists in this competition in 1981, are in good form having won their last four matches in all competitions while BATE are again the dominant force in Belarusian football and on course to win the 2010 title under coach Viktor Goncharenko.
BATE batter AZ
BATE Borisov moved to the top of Europa League Group E with a handsome 4-1 victory over struggling Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.
With just two wins from nine in the Eredivisie, AZ were looking for a confidence-boosting away win to move into pole position but were instead on the wrong end of a fine attacking performance in Belarus.
Vitaly Rodionov, Artem Kontsevoy, Renan Bressan and Edgar Olekhnovich all scored for BATE, with Kolbeinn Sigthorsson hitting back in the 89th minute.
Kontsevoy gave Alkmaar goalkeeper Sergio Romero some early work to do after just 40 seconds but it was Rodionov who was first on to the scoresheet after five minutes.
Bressan was the provider, finding Rodionov in the box and allowing him to nod home from 12 yards.
Romero denied Igor Shitov in the 15th minute but then blotted his copybook when he hauled down Pavel Nekhaychik to concede a penalty.
Kontsevoy took the spot-kick but Romero was able to make amends with a save.
Romero was by some distance AZ's most active player, called into action again twice more before the half-hour mark and saving from Bressan and Rodionov.
AZ carved something out of nothing in the 39th minute but Mauricio Jonathas headed over wastefully from close range.
Pontus Wernbloom's header then clattered the Borisov crossbar as the Eredivisie side battled hard to get back into the game.
The visitors were pushed onto the back foot once again at the start of the second half, Kontsevoy tucking home Nekhaychik's cross from six yards just two minutes after the restart.
Artem Radkov offered AZ a way back in when he fouled Jonathas at a corner, though once again the striker proved wasteful as Sergey Veremko pushed the resulting penalty to safety.
There was a third penalty in the 77th minute and this time, with Bressan the taker, it was successful.
Edgar Olekhnovich made it 4-0 with a 20-yard screamer nine minutes from time but there was still room for a Sigthorsson consolation in the closing moments.
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