UEFA Europa League: Mariupol FC to host AZ Alkmaar tonight

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian team is about to have a tough test
09:30, 8 August 2019

Mariupol FC vs AZ Alkmaar

Mariupol FC is about to stand against AZ Alkmaar in the game of Qualification Round 3 of UEFA Europa League. The game will take place at Chornomorets stadium in Odesa. The fixture is to begin at 8 p.m. Kyiv time.

Last season, AZ Alkmaar finished fourth in the Dutch championship - exactly like Mariupol did in Ukraine. This year, the Dutch team began to perform in Qualification Round 2 of UEFA Europa League; it defeated Häcken (3-0 on the aggregate). In the national championship, Arne Slot's team started with the victory, too, beating Fortuna Sittard 4-0. This means that in the new season, the Dutch have tasted no defeat so far - and did not allow a single goal. 

Related: UEFA Europa League: Zorya to face CSKA Sofia, FC Mariupol to stand against AZ Alkmaar

Mariupol has not yet played in this European competition. So far, their new season in the Ukrainian Premier League has been not as successful as that of AZ; Oleksandr Babich's team lost to Kolos in Round 1, and then beat Oleksandriya FC, last season's bronze holder.

The Ukrainian team is about to have a tough test against a seasoned team from the Netherlands.

Related: Dynamo Kyiv loses first leg with Brugge in UEFA Champions League

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