Holman & Martens earn Alkmaar a narrow advantage sinking Valencia 2-1

AZ Alkmaar 2 – Valencia 1 (Europa League quarter-finals 1st leg, March 29, 2012) Brett Holman stole the limelight with the last kick of the first half as he impressively netted with a side-footed volley from what looked to be an over-hit corner. Valencia equalised in the 51st minute when Mehmet Topal crashed home a header from a right wing cross, but with just over ten minutes remaining Maarten Martens bagged a second for Alkmaar to give them the slight edge in the tie.