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AZ close in on European spot

AZ Alkmaar took a big step towards the Europa League play-off places with a 2-1 win over PEC Zwolle on Sunday.

Goals from Steven Berghuis and Nemanja Gudelj had the home side 2-0 up within 14 minutes and, while Mustafa Saymak pulled one back just before the break, PEC could not find an equaliser.

AZ now sit seven points clear of ninth-placed Groningen with PEC one place and six points below them in the final play-off spot.