PSV booked a simple victory on a visit to RKC Waalwijk on Saturday. The Eindhoven team won 1-4 and are therefore on a level with leader Ajax, although the team from Amsterdam will still play on Sunday.
The match in the Mandemakers Stadium was not exciting for a moment, as PSV was already leading 0-2 within fifteen minutes. Cody Gakpo and Mohamed Ihattaren scored.
The third goal of trainer Roger Schmidt’s team was a penalty from Denzel Dumfries, after which Finn Stokkers returned something on behalf of RKC just before time. In extra time, PSV substitute Noni Madueke determined the final score at 1-4.
It was PSV’s first victory in the Eredivisie since it was won 0-3 at PEC Zwolle more than two months ago. There is only one match left for the Eindhoven team this calendar year: the home game on Tuesday with VVV-Venlo.
Ajax will visit ADO Den Haag on Sunday and will take another three points ahead of PSV if they win. The team of trainer Erik ten Hag then plays midweek against Willem II.
Cody Gakpo gives PSV a 0-1 lead.
The first big opportunity is for RKC
PSV already decided the game with RKC on Saturday in the first fifteen minutes, but the first chance was for the home team. Richard van der Venne put the ball wide on the detached Anas Tahiri in the seventh minute, after which the crossbar stood in the way of a goal by the captain.
Two minutes later it was hit on the other side. Ahmed Touba lost the ball and Mario Gotze picked up the ball. The German served Gakpo with a nice pass and the attacker hit the far corner (0-1).
PSV was particularly effective in that phase, as it was already 0-2 in the fourteenth minute. Ihattaren was given all the time and space to play and he knew what to do.
Those two goals upset RKC. The score could have risen much further before half time. A goal by Donyell Malen was rejected due to offside.
Denzel Dumfries uses a penalty kick.
Penalty kick for a minor foul on Dumfries
After the break PSV held a predominance, but it needed a penalty to score again. After a slight foul on Dumfries, the captain himself went behind the ball. He shot flawlessly (0-3).
Fifteen minutes later, Stokkers made the stand a bit more bearable for RKC. On a pass from substitute Ayman Azhil, he beat PSV goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo (1-3). The final chord was then again for PSV, which scored again thanks to two substitutes. Adrian Fein served Madueke. who scored his fifth goal of this Eredivisie season.
Another PSV substitute also entered the books, but for a different reason. Norwegian Fredrik Oppegard entered the field in the fourth minute of extra time and thus became the 31st player to take action on behalf of PSV in this Eredivisie season. That equals the record set for the 1997/1998 season.
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