ZWOLLE, April 10 (Eredivisie) - FC Zwolle climbed off the foot of the table with one of the shock results of the day as they defeated high-flying AZ Alkmaar 2-0.
Zwolle had only managed three wins in their previous 28 league games prior to kick-off, and AZ were expected to pick up an easy three points in their bid for a Champions League place.
However, the home side had clearly not read the script and boosted their relegation fears with a much needed victory.
AZ started the brighter of the two sides, with Martijn Meerdink forcing goalkeeper Johan van der Werff into a fine save with barely five minutes gone.
But they were left shellshocked with 18 minutes on the clock when a 30-yard free-kick from Ivar van Dinteren flew straight into the left-hand corner to give Zwolle the lead.
Despite being a goal down, AZ continued to monopolise the game and Robin Nelisse's close-range header was acrobatically saved by the agile Van der Werff after poor defending by Mauro Almeida.
With 36 minutes gone AZ will feel they should have drawn level when Nelisse lobbed Van der Werff but Morten Karlsen managed to clear the ball away from the goalmouth, hitting it against Meerdink and out for a goalkick.
It looked only a matter of time before the visitors eventually found the back of the net, but against the run of play it was Zwolle who doubled their lead on the hour mark.
Jasar Takak picked up the ball before laying it on to Dominggus Lim-Duan who rifled home a 20-yard bullet.
And they could have made it 3-0 just moments later, to put the game beyond AZ's reach, but Bert Zuurman was denied by the crossbar.
The visitors continued to press forward, still believing they could take something from the match, and both Kenneth Perez and Michael Buskermolen went close as the clock ran down, but ultimately they could not find a way past Van der Werff.