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Stadium where Everton recorded landmark win might not reopen for months after roof collapse

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The Dutch stadium where Everton recorded a landmark European victory in 2007 might not reopen for several months after a roof partially collapsed on Saturday.

Speaking after Saturday's roof collapse, AZ general manager Robert Eenhoorn said: “This surprised us all.

Fortunately nobody was injured as the 17,023 capacity stadium was empty at the time but some of the second round of Eredivisie matches for the 2019/20 season were played that day.

Playing in freezing December conditions, Everton won 3-2 thanks to goals from Andrew Johnson, Phil Jagielka and James Vaughan with 16-year-old Jack Rodwell coming off the bench to make his senior debut and become the club's youngest-ever player in European competition.

An investigation is being conducted after a section of the roof at AZ's AFAS Stadion in the city of Alkmaar fell down onto the seating below during high winds.

AZ's fixture over the weekend was a 2-0 win at RKC Waalwijk on Sunday but their next home game, a Europa League third qualifying round pairing with Ukrainian outfit FC Mariupol on Thursday, will now take place at the 15,000 capacity Cars Jeans Stadion, home of ADO Den Haag, situated some 50 miles south in The Hague.

Heading into the fixture, AZ had amassed the longest unbeaten home record in European football, going back some 32 games and beating a previous best set by Ipswich Town.
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