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Aron Johannsson scores in great performance for AZ, then gets hurt

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It was a mix of good and bad for the American at AZ.

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Aron Johannsson had a busy day with AZ Alkmaar. It started brilliantly, as he drew a red card on Ajax, then scored a goal, but it took a turn for the worse late when he had to go off with an ankle injury.

AZ are in the race for the Europa League, and even have an outside shot at a Champions League place, so their clash with second-place Ajax held huge implications. Johannsson was good through the first hour as most of AZ's dangerous moves went through him, then in the 61st minute he drew a red card on Niklas Moisander. He received a pass with a nice first-touch that would have put him in alone on goal had Moisander not brought him down.

15 minutes later, Johannsson got AZ on the scoreboard. He found his way in front of goal and when a shot came in, he flicked the ball into the back of the net for his second goal in as many matches.

That goal gave AZ a 1-0 lead that they would hold onto and grab all three points.

All would have been well if Johannsson didn't hurt his ankle late. He went down and, while he made it off the pitch, he did need a little help getting off. There's no word yet on the severity of the injury, but with Johannsson rounding into top form, it's especially important than it not be too bad.

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