AZ, the Eredivisie’s form side, were immediately on the attack as Meerdink pounced on Krysztof Kowalczyk’s early back-pass, but shot into the side-netting. The Dutch side were not kept out for long. Goalkeeper Maciej Mielcarz palmed away Kenneth Perez’s 12th-minute free-kick, but Amica could not clear and when the ball was played back in Van Galen headed in.
 The goal capped a memorable week for Van Galen, who became, at 34, the oldest player to make his debut for the Netherlands last Wednesday, before scoring in AZ's victory against RKC Waalwijk last weekend.
 AZ were cruising and on 36 minutes Mielcarz was beaten again when Meerdink headed in Perez’s cross from the left. The third followed soon after. Van Galen burst into the box, and though Mielcarz knocked the ball off his feet, it broke for Huysegems who rolled it into the empty net to add to the two goals he scored against AJ Auxerre two weeks ago.
 AZ sat back in the second half allowing Amica to seize the initiative. Marcin Burkhardt came on for Krysztof Kowalczyk and added a sense of urgency to the Polish side’s play and on 52 minutes they clawed their way back into the match.