Ajax-Alkmaar cup match to be replayed in full



AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch soccer association says the cup match between Ajax and AZ Alkmaar that was halted after a fan ran onto the pitch and attacked AZ goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado will be replayed in full next month behind closed doors.

The Dec. 21 match at the Amsterdam Arena was abandoned in the 36th minute with AZ trailing 1-0 after Alvarado was sent off for kicking the fan who launched a karate-style kick at him from behind.

The Dutch association said in a statement Wednesday it “would be unreasonable” to resume the match in the 37th minute because AZ would have to play with 10 men due to the Costa Rica goalkeeper’s red card.

The match will be played Jan. 19. The winner plays amateur club GVVV in the quarterfinals.