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2017/18 Dutch Eredivisie, Regular Season
  • Wout Weghorst (34', 61')

Sparta Rotterdam 0-2 AZ Alkmaar

Wout Weghorst recovered from a double penalty miss to shoot AZ Alkmaar joint top of the Dutch Eredivisie with a 2-0 win at Sparta Rotterdam.
Weghorst saw two spot-kicks saved by Sparta goalkeeper Roy Kortsmit in the 21st minute - a first attempt ordered to be retaken when the home number one was deemed to have stepped off his line.
But Weghorst opened the scoring 10 minutes later when he swept home from a Marko Vejnovic corner, and doubled his side's lead when he fired low past Kortsmit on the hour.
The home side continued to press, with Ragner Ache seeing a late effort ruled out for offside, while he also drew two saves out of AZ keeper Marco Bizot.
Victory was enough to see AZ move second on goal difference behind leaders Feyenoord, who have a game in hand, while Sparta remain in 12th position.
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Dutch Eredivisie Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 PSV Eindhoven 12 +38 36
2 Ajax Amsterdam 12 +32 31
3 Feyenoord Rotterdam 11 +9 23
4 SC Heracles Almelo 12 +1 20
5 VVV Venlo 11 +2 18
6 AZ Alkmaar 12 +4 18
7 Vitesse Arnhem 12 +4 18
8 FC Utrecht 12 +1 18
9 Heerenveen 12 -3 14
10 Fortuna Sittard 12 -1 13
11 Willem II Tilburg 12 -3 13
12 FC Emmen VV 12 -12 13
13 ADO Den Haag 12 -11 12
14 Excelsior 12 -13 12
15 PEC Zwolle 12 -9 11
16 FC Groningen 12 -11 10
17 De Graafschap 12 -14 10
18 NAC Breda 12 -14 8