AZ also lost the second exhibition game on Saturday in preparation for the coming season. The Alkmaarders lost 1-0 to FC Utrecht.
Simon Gustafson was crowned match winner in the empty Galgenwaard. The midfielder of FC Utrecht provided the only goal in the ninth minute by shooting the ball against Gerano Kerk on the contrary.
AZ could not have the strongest selection. Star players Calvin Stengs and Myron Boadu were missing due to injuries and the same was true for Ron Vlaar. Boadu will probably be quick again, but Stengs and Vlaar need a little longer.
The number two of last season in the Eredivisie had to recognize his superior in Racing Genk: 0-1 on Saturday. The team of trainer Arne Slot will be in action on August 25 or 26 in the second heat of the Champions League.
Heerenveen loses to NAC in the final phase
SC Heerenveen lost 1-0 on Saturday in the final phase of a visit to Kitchen Champion Division club NAC Breda. Finn Stokkers was responsible for the only goal in the 89th minute by shooting the ball into the far corner after a nice through pass by Thom Haye with goalkeeper Jan Bekkema.
Heerenveen joined with a very young team. The only 15-year-old Yoram Boerhout made his unofficial debut. Remarkably enough, Rodney Kongolo was on the form as reserve keeper because acquisition Erwin Mulder was not yet eligible to play.
There were 800 spectators in the Rat Verlegh Stadium who, according to the corona protocol, were 1.5 meters apart. A large part cheered exuberantly at the goal of Stokkers, something that the cabinet recently advised against at a press conference.
The teams from the Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen are testing this month in most mutual exhibition games with the audience in the stadiums. In the competition - the Eredivisie starts on September 12 and the Kitchen Champion Division on August 28 - they are one third full.
See also: All exhibition games of Eredivisie clubs in preparation for the new season