This is a Group L match between Shakhter Karagandy and AZ Alkmaar. Shakhter currently sit in third place with one point, while AZ is essentially tied for the lead with four points. Both teams are looking for a win to move up in the table.
“This kind of competition is good experience. For many young players these are new circumstances that they can only learn from,” said AZ manager Dick Advocaat. “Shakhter Karagandy have a good team. They beat Celtic 2-0 here in Astana which says something. They nearly got in the Champions League. I’ve also seen them play against Maccabi Haifa, where they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2.
“We don’t think about losing. With our promising young team, we can cause difficulties for any opponent. The match will be played on artificial turf, and that takes some getting used to. The ball goes faster and control is trickier, but we must respond.”
Date: October 24
Start Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
Stadium: Astana Arena
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go
Key - POS: Position, P: Games Played, W: Wins, D: Draws, L: Losses, F: Goals Scored, A: Goals Allowed, GD: Goal Difference, Pts: Points