Soccer-AZ Alkmaar douse Atromitos threat after fire delays tie (Reuters)

Aug 30 (Reuters) – Dutch club AZ Alkmaar narrowly squeezed into the group stage of the Europa League after a dramatic tie with Atromitos of Greece was halted when a fire broke out at their stadium on Thursday and they had to return for the last 31 minutes on Friday. The match was stopped after 59 minutes on Thursday when an electrical short circuit led to a blaze on the fifth floor of the AFAS Stadium and the subsequent failure of the floodlights. AZ trailed 1-0 at the time and conceded a second goal on Friday. …

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