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Result: AZ reach Europa League quarter-finals over Anzhi Makhachkala in goalless draw

AZ reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 1-0 aggregate win following a goalless draw with Anzhi Makhachkala.

AZ have booked their place in the final eight of the Europa League courtesy of a 1-0 aggregate win following a goalless draw with Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia.

AZ Alkmaar's Viktor Elm vies wih Anzhi Makhachkala's Olexandr Aliyev during UEFA Europa League round of 16 football match between FC Anzhi Makhachkala and AZ Alkmaar in Ramenskoye outside Moscow on March 20, 2014© Getty Images

Anzhi had some early spells of possession, but were unable to make any real impact in the final third. Oleksandr Aliev attempted a long-range effort at goal for the home side, but it flew well wide of the target.

For the visitors, Aron Johannsson had the chance to open the scoring by unleashing a shot aiming towards the bottom right corner of the net, but his effort was saved by goalkeeper Michail Kerzhakov.

Minutes later, Nemanja Gudelj came close for the away side once again when his free kick shot smashed against the left post, leaving the scoreline goalless.

After the break, Anzhi went on the front foot, but at the other end, Johannsson came close again when he launched a shot on the edge of the penalty area, but Kerzhakov was able to make another save in the top left corner.

Kerzhakov came to the rescue once again by stopping Steven Berghuis's effort from the edge of the box, but the AZ player had another chance to break the deadlock minutes later. He managed to drive inside the box, but failed to get the shot on target.

The home side tried a late surge in the second half in a bid to keep their place in the tournament, but despite some efforts from Serder Serderov and Aliev, the Russian side succumbed to a 1-0 aggregate defeat.

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