AZ dealt an important blow to PSV in the battle for second place on Sunday.

The Alkmaarders were 2-0 too strong for the Eindhoven team at home and settled in the ranking in points next to the formation of Roger Schmidt.

AZ took the lead early on thanks to a goal from Jesper Karlsson.

A goal by Cody Gakpo was rejected due to offside and PSV again handled the chances sloppily.

In the second half, Teun Koopmeiners signed for the 2-0.

It was AZ's fourth consecutive league victory against PSV.

For the Eindhoven team it was precisely the fourteenth match in which it did not manage to win in a mutual encounter with Ajax, Feyenoord or AZ (eight times loss, six times a draw).

AZ and PSV now both have 55 points after 27 duels, but the Brabant players have a better goal difference (+29 to +25).

Vitesse is also still fully involved in the battle for place two with 52 points.

Leader Ajax can later in the day run against ADO Den Haag (kick-off at 4.45 pm) to a lead of eleven points (with one game less played).

Jesper Karlsson broke the spell in Alkmaar.

Jesper Karlsson broke the spell in Alkmaar.

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AZ soon acceded to PSV

AZ had a dream start and already reached 1-0 in the fourth minute.

Karlsson dribbled in from the left and shot the ball face down into the short corner.

PSV goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo was transfixed.

For Karlsson it was his ninth goal of the season.

PSV, which therefore has a dramatic track record in top matches, was able to pursue it again.

The people from Eindhoven were quickly on their toes and got a huge chance at the equalizer early on.

Koopmeiners made a mistake in the build-up and Mario Götze was able to take advantage, but the German shot the ball weakly and the bet went wide via Koopmeiners.

Halfway through the first half it still seemed to be 1-1.

AZ goalkeeper Marco Bizot was wrong and Gakpo headed the ball towards the far corner.

Denzel Dumfries wanted to extend Gakpo's bet with the head, but was annoyingly offside at that moment.

Gakpo's hit was therefore canceled.

AZ had a hard time and PSV got into the game better and better.

That did not lead to big chances in the first half, although Götze and Donyell Malen still ran into Bizot.

On the other hand, only Calvin Stengs was still threatening with a shot to the far corner.

Anger at PSV after Cody Gakpo's 1-1 was rejected.

Anger at PSV after Cody Gakpo's 1-1 was rejected.

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Koopmeiners is definitely a winner after the break

In the beginning of the second half it was mostly messy.

Both teams quickly lost the ball and there were no opportunities.

PSV was still threatening with a cross from Philipp Max, but it did not end up at Malen.

Ibrahim Sangaré produced a drop-off.

AZ's second goal therefore came out of the blue.

Koopmeiners got the ball in front of his lesser right leg and hit with a hard shot.

The 23-year-old AZ captain has already signed his fifteenth goal of the season.

Only VVV striker Giorgos Giakoumakis scored more goals (24).

In the final phase, PSV still went on the hunt for the connection goal and perhaps a result, but AZ kept things tight in the back and prevented it from becoming exciting.

Mvogo kept Stengs from 3-0 with a save.

Teun Koopmeiners was once again worth gold for AZ.

Teun Koopmeiners was once again worth gold for AZ.

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