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One week before the crucial clash against PSV, AZ enjoyed a 1-3 win, away over sc Heerenveen (1-3). The team of coach Co Adriaanse made sure of the win in the final stages.Although both sides are known for their attacking style of football, the league game in the Heerenveen Abe Lenstra Stadium was not a very entertaining one. SC Heerenveen, who had given a place in the starting line-up to the young Austrian midfielder Thomas Prager as deputy for the suspended Arek Radomski, had developed a match plan by which they succeeded in taking the sting out of the AZ attack.Yet AZ became the dominating side as the first half progressed. On the stroke of half time Stein Huysegems scored the opening goal for the visitors. The ball bounced off keeper Brian Vandenbussche and Huysegems coolly blasted home from three yards. It was still a tame affair in the second period. AZ omitted to kill of the game and the hosts were unable to give the Alkmaar side a tough time. Sc Heerenveen Gertjan Verbeek then decided to bring on two players, André Hanssen and Giorgios Samaras, and the game suddenly turned upside down. AZ goalkeeper Henk Timmer was called into action several times. He pulled off a fine save from a Hanssen effort, but he did not stand a chance when Petter nodded home from the resulting corner. Sc Heerenveen put up a sparkling performance, but they could not wrap up victory, which actually would not have been deserved, either. AZ did grab all three points in the end, though. Three minutes from final time Kenneth Perez set up substitute Tarik Sektioui, who tapped home a rebound and Olaf Lindenbergh delivered a thunderbolt in the final minute that struck home; 1-3.Ajax slipped to a 1-2 shock defeat against FC Twente on Sunday afternoon. PSV are still on top of the table; they have a two-point advantage over second-placed AZ and the gap with Ajax has widened to ten points.(Source: VI)