AMSTERDAM, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Estonian striker Andres Oper scored twice for Roda JC Kerkrade but AZ Alkmaar fought back to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw in the Dutch league on Sunday.
Alkmaar are third on 41 points, 12 adrift of PSV Eindhoven, 2-1 winners over ADO Den Haag on Saturday, and one behind Ajax Amsterdam, who drew 2-2 at NEC Nijmegen, also on Saturday.
Oper opened the scoring for Roda midway through the first half with a brilliant lob over goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus after central defender Barry Opdam misjudged a long ball.
Opdam made up for his error after 64 minutes with a close range equaliser but seconds later Oper put Roda ahead again only to receive two yellow cards in eight minutes to reduce his side to 10 men.
With six minutes remaining Danny Koevermans levelled the scores again when he converted a cross from Opdam.