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Johannsson fires hat-trick as AZ account for Sparta Rotterdam in Dutch Cup

Aron Johannsson netted a hat-trick as AZ Alkmaar produced a late show to beat Sparta Rotterdam 4-1 in the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) second round on Wednesday.

The USA international opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he slotted home a flick-on from Roy Beerens before Sparta responded through Johan Voskamp three minutes later.

But Johannsson gave AZ the ascendency in the first few minutes of extra-time with a header before completing his treble in the 105th minute by tapping home Joey Gudmundsson's cross.

Steven Berghuis rounded out the win for AZ in a night which took Johannsson's scoring tally to nine goals from 12 games so far this season.

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