AZ Alkmaar 3
Dundee Utd 1

AZ Alkmaar 

3 - 1

Dundee Utd

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Dirkshorn. Att. 1,000
7:00 PM Kick-off

Markus Henriksen (21)
Derrick Luckassen (55)
Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (pen.) (78)
Blair Spittal (28)

Team Managers
John van den Brom Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Gino Coutinho
Derrick Luckassen
Ridgeciano Haps
Pantelis Hatzediakos
Jan Wuytens
Joris van Overeem
Markus Henriksen
Robert Mühren
Steven Berghuis
Guus Hupperts
Muamer Tanković
Luis Zwick
Paul Dixon
John Souttar
Coll Donaldson
Ryan McGowan
Seán Dillon
John Rankin
Blair Spittal
Chris Erskine
Charlie Telfer
Simon Murray

Nick Olij
Jeffrey Gouweleeuw
Djavan Anderson
Joris Kramer
Celso Ortiz
Vincent Janssen
Dabney dos Santos
Thom Haye
Levi Garcia
Alexander Sigurdarson
Jeremy Helmer
Achille Vaarnhold
Raymond Gyasi
Stijn Spierings
Michal Szromnik
Marc McCallum
Mark Durnan
Scott Smith
Ali Coote
Rodney Sneijder
Scott Fraser
Mario Bilate
Robbie Muirhead
Henri Anier

Djavan Anderson for Pantelis Hatzediakos (61)
Jeffrey Gouweleeuw for Derrick Luckassen (61)
Stijn Spierings for Jan Wuytens (61)
Levi Garcia for Ridgeciano Haps (61)
Thom Haye for Joris van Overeem (61)
Jeremy Helmer for Steven Berghuis (61)
Celso Ortiz for Markus Henriksen (61)
Raymond Gyasi for Guus Hupperts (61)
Achille Vaarnhold for Robert Mühren (61)
Dabney dos Santos for Muamer Tanković (61)
Mark Durnan for John Souttar (65)
Scott Fraser for John Rankin (65)
Scott Smith for Chris Erskine (65)
Robbie Muirhead for Simon Murray (65)
Rodney Sneijder for Charlie Telfer (73)
Henri Anier for Paul Dixon (73)
Mario Bilate for Ryan McGowan (73)
Ali Coote for Blair Spittal (73)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Danny Makkelie (Netherlands) (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Four days removed from their opening pre-season tour match against Vitesse, United traveled North to Dirkshorn where they met AZ Alkmaar in a friendly match. An ailing Aidan Connolly missed out on the game, while Ryan Dow, who came off injured in the Vitesse match, also remained back at the team hotel.

German 'stopper Luis Zwick was handed the first team goalkeeper spot for the first time and started well, tipping a Steven Berghuis shot away from goal on ten minutes. A Dillon block six minutes later from Markus Henriksen kept AZ at bay but only delayed the opener which arrived shortly after. Zwick was again called into action, dealing with a Hupperts shot from a Muhren cut back, but he could do nothing to prevent Henriksen from knocking the rebound in the net from close range. United equalised two minutes before the half hour mark through Blair Spittal, who hammered the ball low into the net from fully 25 yards. Chances for Murray and Souttar towards the end of the first half heralded no further scoring as the sides went in level at the break.

Murray offered Gino Coutinho a test seven minutes after the restart, forcing a save before Ryan McGowan went close with a header. Luis Zwick's heroics were on display again moments later when Muamer Tankovic forced the United 'keeper to save, but on 58 minutes, Derrick Luckassen found the net with a long range free kick to restore the Dutch side's lead. A raft of substitutions followed for both sides, including trialist Rodney Sneijder, brother of Galatasaray midfielder Wesley, who came on for United. With twelve minutes remaining, AZ went two ahead from the penalty spot after Coll Donaldson had committed a foul in the area, Jeffrey Gouweleeauw doing the honours.

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Squad Statistics (as at July 14th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time

League Table (as at July 14th, 2015)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2. Celtic 0 0 0 0 0 0
3. Hearts 0 0 0 0 0 0
4. Motherwell 0 0 0 0 0 0
5. Ross County 0 0 0 0 0 0
6. St Johnstone 0 0 0 0 0 0
7. Dundee 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Inverness CT 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Kilmarnock 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Partick Th 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Dundee Utd 0 0 0 0 0 -3

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

League results since United's last match