Excelsior, AZ finish goalless
Excelsior and AZ Alkmaar played out a goalless second half as they completed their Eredivisie match which was abandoned after 45 minutes due to fog last month.
The struggling home side earned an impressive point - and they could have even taken all three through Daan Smith's ambitious effort from the halfway line.
AZ's Leendert van Steensel hit the woodwork in the closing stages as both sides were forced to settle for a point. The 45 minutes of action started in controversial fashion as Niklas Moisander escaped with only a yellow card for a challenge on Roland Alberg.
Alberg's free-kick sparked a scramble but AZ escaped, conceding only a corner, and Mick van Buren could get no power on his shot shortly afterwards.
Visiting goalkeeper Esteban denied Alberg before AZ finally threatened, Simon Poulsen setting up Brett Holman whose shot was repelled by keeper Wesley de Ruiter.
Smith brought the impressive crowd to their feet when he won possession ahead of Jozy Altidore in the centre circle and, spotting Esteban off his line, went directly for goal. Esteban back-pedalled to clutch the shot underneath the crossbar.
Adam Maher fired just wide for the hosts before AZ went close at the other end, Van Steensel turning and shooting against the top of the crossbar. And as the truncated encounter ticked to a close, the hosts were happy simply to clear their lines at every opportunity.