Dundee Utd exit Europe with record defeat

Dundee Utd exit Europe with record defeat

Dundee United had led 1-0 from the first leg

Dundee United fell to their joint-heaviest European defeat against a Scottish side as AZ Alkmaar cruised into the Europa League play-offs.

It matches Hibernian’s 7-0 loss against Malmö in 2013 and Celtic’s 7-0 loss against Barcelona three years later.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, United conceded five in 23 first-half minutes.

Vangelis Pavlidis and Tijjani Reijnders scored twice and Hakon Evjen also scored before Dani de Wit and Mayckel Lahdo added to the visitors’ misery.

It overcame United’s heaviest European defeat – a 5-0 drubbing by Dynamo Moscow last time they qualified 10 years ago – and they narrowly avoided suffering their worst defeat by a Scottish club when Pavlidis hit the post in stoppage time.

AZ take on Gil Vicente, the Portuguese thrashing Latvian visitors Riga 4-0 for a 5-1 aggregate victory, as Jack Ross’ side lick their wounds ahead of Sunday’s trip to the Scottish Premiership to face Heart of Midlothian.

The United boss had sacrificed the style of first-leg goalscorer Glenn Middleton and debuted Australian left-back Aziz Behich as the experience of Charlie Mulgrew and Ian Harkes returned to the side after Sunday’s National loss to Livingston.

The solidity shown in the first leg looked to have returned when they defeated AZ in the first quarter, but United ignored the warning signs as goalkeeper Mark Birighitti saved from Pavlidis and Evjen.

A flowing pass opened up the United defense and Pavlidis scored his third goal of the season after a Milos Kerkez cut-back.

United threatened to equalise, but goalkeeper Hobie Verhulst superbly palmed over Harkes’ athletic hook-and-kick from six yards.

The visitors’ optimism began to wane when midfielder Reijnders fired low past Birighitti from 18 yards.

It was completely gone after the United keeper, moments after falling on the line under a challenge from Pavlidis, punched the light as he looked to meet Evjen’s corner and the Greece striker headed home empty

Reijnders fired home as United struggled to clear inside their penalty area before fellow midfielder Evjen headed home a strike from 20 yards.

Any half-time advice from Jack had little effect as AZ extended their lead in their first attack after the break as midfielder De Wit followed up from close range after a shot from Pavlidis was blocked.

Substitute winger Lahdo scored the Dutch side’s last goal with 15 minutes remaining, but there was still time for Pavlidis to be denied a hat-trick when his late shot hit the outside of the a stick

Man of the match – Pavlidis (AZ)

AZ striker Vangelis Pavlidis celebrates
Striker Vangelis Pavlidis scored twice but came close to a hat-trick and caused United’s defense to suffer with his movement.

what have we learned

United were taught an important lesson – that they are obviously not as good as they thought after receiving much plaudits from their impressive first-leg win over the wily European operators.

They have suffered a result not only embarrassing for a club that previously reached the final of the Uefa Cup, but for Scottish football as a whole.

Yes, AZ are now unbeaten in 20 home European games and United were always underdogs, even after building a 1-0 lead, but the manner in which they capitulated will leave questions about the mentality and the ability of a strong group of players. first class experience.

AZ boss Pascal Jansen learned the lessons of the first leg to win the battle of strategies. Now it’s up to Ross to find a way to somehow lift his players back into the domestic scene with their heads down.

What’s next?

United travel to face Hearts in the Premiership on Sunday (3pm BST).

alignments

AZ Alkmaar

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Verhulst
  • 3HatzidiakosReplaced byWitryat 62′minutes
  • 31drink it
  • 4Indian Martins
  • 5KerkezReplaced byof Witat 62′minutes
  • 6Reijnders
  • 8classyBooked at 63 minutesReplaced byBazoerat 76′minutes
  • 18Evjen
  • 10of WitReplaced byBarasiat 76′minutes
  • 33van BrederodeReplaced byLahdoat 62′minutes
  • 9Pavlidis

Substitutes

  • 1Vindahl
  • 2Sugawara
  • 13Westerveld
  • 14Koopmeiners
  • 15Witry
  • 17Barasi
  • 22Decker
  • 23Lahdo
  • 25Bazoer
  • 32from Jong
  • 34of Wit

Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Birghitti
  • 2Smith
  • 12Edwards
  • 4Mulgrew
  • 16BehichReplaced byMcMannat 54′minutes
  • 14SibbaldReplaced byNiskanenat 45′minutes
  • 19LevittReplaced byMeekisonat 75′minutes
  • 18McGrath
  • 23Harkes
  • 32WattReplaced byMiddletonat 45′minutes
  • 9FletcherReplaced byCheers Cudjoeat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McMann
  • 6Graham
  • 7Niskanen
  • 10Clark
  • 13Eriksson
  • 15Middleton
  • 17Meekison
  • 22Freeman
  • 25Fotheringham
  • 28Cheers Cudjoe
  • 44Macleod

Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

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