AZ Alkmaar remain six points behind Ajax in second after a comfortable 3-0 victory over ten-man FC Twente.
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This week, Calvin Stengs was named in the provisional Netherlands squad and he was aiming to impress on Saturday evening in order to remain in Ronald Koeman’s plans.
The Oranje boss will have been impressed with the winger’s through ball on 18 minutes which set Myron Boadu through on goal. The striker was taken down just outside the box by Twente goalkeeper Joel Drommel, which earned him a straight red card.
From that point AZ Alkmaar laid siege to the Twente goal but the woodwork prevented Owen Wijndal on two occasions. Eventually on the stroke of half time, Pantelis Hatzidiakos made it 1-0 with an excellent strike into the top corner.
Ten minutes into the second half, Dani de Wit doubled the hosts lead from close range.
Boadu then sealed the comfortable victory in the 78th minute with a clipped finish over substitute keeper Jorn Brondeel.
AZ Alkmaar move two points clear of PSV Eindhoven and are currently the main challenger to Ajax. FC Twente remain in 10th.