AZ had all won the ninth previous matches, six in the league, two in the KNVB Cup and one in the Conference League. The team of trainer Pascal Jansen hoped to get closer to the series that AZ put down under the leadership of Louis van Gaal in the 2008/2009 championship year. AZ then won twelve competitive matches in a row between November and February.
Compared to the previous competition match with Fortuna Sittard, Jansen had given Hakon Evjen a basic place. The not completely fit defender Pantelis Hatzidiakos disappeared to the reserve bench. Evjen had the first opportunity after fifteen minutes, but Sonny Stevens tapped the ball wide. The goalkeeper had to save one more time in the first half with an attempt by Vangelis Pavlidis, who shot AZ to the quarter-finals of the cup at the expense of FC Twente (1-2) on Wednesday.
In the initial phase of the second half, AZ increased the pressure considerably. The home team got corner after corner, but no goals were scored from that either. Cambuur got more and more hope of a good result and even seemed to take the lead after more than an hour of play. Keeper Peter Vindahl Jensen saved on Michael Breij’s effort. Dani de Wit seemed to be the match winner in the final phase, but Stevens made a good save.
AZ only partly benefited from the defeat of competitor Vitesse against FC Groningen (1-3). AZ and Vitesse are in the second tier and now both have 36 points, the Alkmaarders are fourth based on the goal difference.