PSV booked a hard-fought victory in the Eredivisie on Saturday evening. The team from Eindhoven had a hard time against RKC Waalwijk before the break, but did win 2-0 in the Philips Stadium.
In a first half with great opportunities for RKC, Eran Zahavi signed with a beautiful free kick for the opening goal on behalf of PSV. Twenty minutes before the end, Pablo Rosario made the decision with his first goal of the season.
Because of the victory, number three PSV is one point behind leader Ajax, which will play an away match against Fortuna Sittard on Sunday afternoon. Number two Vitesse won 1-0 against FC Groningen on Saturday evening and, like Ajax, has 41 points.
RKC Waalwijk remained without a victory for the seventh league game in a row. The team of trainer Fred Grim, who last won in the Eredivisie on December 5, occupies the fifteenth place and is three points from the relegation line.
PSV coach Roger Schmidt was just sitting on the bench against RKC. The German may be suspended due to his strong criticism of referee Bas Nijhuis last week, but the case will only be handled by the professional football prosecutor next week at the request of PSV.
Pablo Rosario scored his first goal of the season.
RKC fails to score in the first half
Without the injured Cody Gakpo and Mario Götze in the selection and club top scorer Donyell Malen on the bench – the striker was given rest by Schmidt – PSV had difficulty creating opportunities in the initial phase. The best opportunity was for Zahavi after eighteen minutes, but the Israeli saw his header go wide.
Shortly afterwards, Schmidt was still forced to bring Malen, because Noni Madueke suffered a hamstring injury in a sprint action. Not only did Schmidt have to change his plans, he also saw from the bench how RKC suddenly took the initiative and failed to take the lead in the Philips Stadium.
Goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo prevented after half an hour with a nice intervention that Lennerd Daneels slipped the ball at the far post. From the following corner, Ayman Azhil hit the post with a long shot and in the rebound Melle Meulensteen saw his bet taken off the line by Jordan Teze.
PSV’s answer came shortly afterwards through Malen, but his vicious shot was turned by Kostas Lamprou. Just before half time it was out of nowhere after all for PSV. Zahavi was allowed to lay in a nice place for a free kick and did an excellent job: his shot went into the goal through the inside of the post.
Goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo was important for PSV in the first half.
PSV takes the initiative after the break
At the beginning of the second half, not much happened initially. After a shot by Denzel Dumfries in the side net, RKC midfielder Azhil could become dangerous in the PSV penalty area, but Mvogo, who was transfixed to the ground, saw his attempt go wide. Shortly afterwards, the visitors got away well from opportunities from Dumfries (save Lamprou) and Zahavi (header over the top of the bar).
The energy seemed a bit out of the brave RKC. PSV dictated the second half and closed the game twenty minutes before the end. Rosario ran free on the edge of the penalty area and worked a cross from Ryan Thomas low into the right corner.
RKC tried after that, but except for a header from Meulensteen, serious danger to the visitors remained. PSV was also no longer very sharp in the completion, but took the match without many problems.
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