PSV did not take full advantage of the defeat of leader Ajax against FC Twente (1-2). The team from Eindhoven escaped a defeat in a crazy final phase against sc Heerenveen and played a 2-2 draw.
After half an hour of play, PSV took the lead via Mario Götze, who beat sc Heerenveen goalkeeper Erwin Mulder with a wonderful wippertje. Heerenveen stayed in the match for a long time and came to the same level in the 69th minute. Henk Veerman escaped offside and finished nicely.
Mitchell van Bergen put Heerenveen 2-1 not much later and seemed to give the home team the victory, but substitute Joël Piroe prevented a defeat for PSV in the second minute of injury time with a shot in the far corner.
Heerenveen seemed to receive a penalty in the last second because of a conscious handball from Ibrahim Sangaré after a free kick, but the VAR saw that Henk Veerman was offside when the ball left the foot of the declarant.
Due to the draw against Heerenveen, PSV is only one point behind leader Ajax, which lost 1-2 at home against FC Twente on Saturday. The hole is three points. In addition to Ajax and PSV, AZ (1-2 defeat against FC Groningen) and Feyenoord (0-0 against Heracles) did not win this weekend.
Mario Götze clenches his fist after his third league goal of the season. (Photo: Pro Shots)
PSV stiff off the starting blocks
PSV, which reached the knock-out phase of the Europa League on Thursday thanks to a 0-1 victory over Granada, got off the starting blocks in Heerenveen and saw the home club create the best opportunities in the first half. With Mohamed Ihattaren in the base, the people of Eindhoven could not break the close defense of the Frisians.
Thanks to a beautiful action by Götze, PSV took the lead out of nowhere. Cody Gakpo served the German with a nice through ball and Götze left Heerenveen goalkeeper Mulder without a chance with a marker in the far corner. It was his third league goal of the season.
Heerenveen was clearly upset by the goal against, as it was PSV that struck the clock in the remainder of the first half and failed to reach 0-2. Gakpo got the ball in front of an empty goal and produced a deflector.
Heerenveen players build a cheer tower after Mitchell van Bergen’s 2-1. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Spectacle piece after 1-1 of Heerenveen
PSV and Heerenveen were hardly interested in the first phase after the break, but from the equalizer in the 69th minute by Henk Veerman, who completed a viewed through ball by Joey Veerman, a true spectacle unfolded in the Abe Lenstra Stadium. PSV coach Roger Schmidt had already changed Ihattaren and strongholds Philipp Max and Gakpo.
Heerenveen continued after Veerman’s 1-1 and even took the lead through Van Bergen in the 78th minute. The right winger passed two players and finished nicely in the far corner. PSV goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo was unable to turn the shot.
PSV launched a final offensive to avoid a loss and were paid for work in the second minute of injury time. Joël Piroe, who had replaced club top scorer Donyell Malen, made it 2-2 from close by.
Heerenveen did not give up and pumped a free kick into the penalty area in the final second, which seemed to result in a penalty kick. Sangaré prevented a shot on goal with his arm and was therefore red from referee Bas Nijhuis, but the VAR concluded that Henk Veerman was offside with the free kick. The penalty for Heerenveen and the red card for Sangaré were then withdrawn and PSV escaped the second season defeat.
Disappointment with Joey Veerman after PSV player Joël Piroe’s 2-2. (Photo: Pro Shots)