Calvin Stengs believes that AZ has done a great job by taking a point in the Europa League with ten men at FK Partizan. In Serbia, coach Arne Slot's team tied 2-2 on Thursday-evening.
"We fought hard and achieved a very good result. It is nice that we are still making 2-2. A golden point, I am sure", concluded Stengs after the match at FOX Sports .
The attacker gave AZ a lead in Belgrade, after which the Alkmaarders had to continue with ten men after half an hour because of a red card for Jonas Svensson. Just before half-time Partizan came alongside with a nice penalty kick from Bibras Natcho.
"We were already one man less and then they also came to 1-1," Stengs said. "Then we knew it was going to be a tough game."
"The red card was justified, but I doubted the penalty," he said. "I think it's a shame that it is given so easily at this level."
After an hour of play, Natcho also gave the Serbs the lead, meaning that AZ seemed on its way to defeat. Seven minutes after the 2-1, however, Myron Boadu signed for the tying run and the visitors still grabbed a point.
Calvin Stengs gave AZ an early lead in the first half at Partizan. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Something crazy happens every time"
It was not the first hectic European match of AZ this season. Three weeks ago, AZ seemed to grab against nine men from Antwerp in addition to a ticket for the Europa League group stage, but in the final stage, Stengs pulled out an extension. The North Hollanders eventually won 1-4.
"Apparently we can't play a normal game. Something crazy happens every time," says Stengs.
In two weeks AZ will face Manchester United in front of their own public. The English started the Europa League with a difficult 1-0 home win over FC Astana from Kazakhstan.
View the results, the standings and the program in the Europa League