Alkmaar edge HHC

AZ Alkmaar edged HHC Hardenberg to reach the semi-finals stage of the KNVB Cup on Tuesday night.

Alkmaar advance courtesy of a hard fought 1-0 win over HHC at the AFAS Stadion.

John van den Brom's men controlled proceedings from the first whistle, with Vincent Janssen scoring for the hosts in the ninth minute.

Janssen had Iranian Alireza Jahanbakhsh to thank for the superb ball, in the box, leaving the striker with enough time to guide the ball past HHC stopper Sander Danes.

HHC were woeful on attack, creating very few chances and firing just three shots at goal. At the other end, Danes was forced to make four good saves.