Alkmaar's stadium ready for Ajax clash after roof collapse

Arne Slot's side has been a revelation this season, pushing Ajax hard in the Eredivisie, winning six games on the bounce and losing just twice in 16 games.

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AZ Alkmaar will be able to play this weekend's top-of-the-table clash with Ajax at its home ground after the Eredivisie club revealed on Tuesday that it was safe to hold matches four months after part of its roof collapsed.

In a statement, Alkmaar, which is second in the Dutch top flight, just three points behind reigning champion Ajax, said that the AFAS stadium was “safe again” after consultations with the local authorities in the northern Dutch city and an independent engineering firm.

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It hosts Ajax on Sunday hoping to make it a perfect homecoming by drawing level with last season's Champions League semifinalists at the top of the table.

Alkmaar has had to play its home games at ADO Den Haag's ground in The Hague since strong winds brought down a section of its roof in early August, just days after an opening-day 4-0 win over Fortuna Sittard.

Arne Slot's side has been a revelation this season and is pushing Ajax hard in the Eredivisie, winning six games on the bounce and losing just twice in 16 matches.

It has also qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League and will top Group L if it beats Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday.

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