After a difficult hour, PSV records a business victory over Excelsior | PSV

After a difficult hour, PSV records a business victory over Excelsior | PSV
After a difficult hour, PSV records a business victory over Excelsior | PSV

PSV had a difficult time with Excelsior for an hour on Tuesday evening, but when the turbo came on for a moment, Rotterdam’s resistance was broken. Goals from Mauro Junior and Johan Bakayoko made the difference: 0-2.

The need to really take revenge for the defeat that PSV suffered against NEC last Saturday hardly seemed to exist against Excelsior in the first half. The leader in Rotterdam recorded zero shots on target, just like the home team. Marinus Dijkhuizen’s team soon saw seasonmaker Couhaib Driouech drop out with a hamstring injury.

PSV created very little, which made it a dull affair in the first half at Woudestein. Only top scorer Luuk de Jong should have increased his goal total. About five minutes before half-time he was sent clear in the penalty area, but placed the ball just on the wrong side of the post.

Great goal

It was also extremely difficult immediately after the break, at Excelsior they had done well at the back. But PSV slowly put more and more pressure and while goalkeeper Stijn van Gassel made a good save from André Ramalho’s header, he had no chance against Mauro Junior’s shot. From the edge of the penalty area, the midfielder beautifully shot the ball into the intersection: 0-1.

It turned out to be a liberating goal, because just a few minutes later Johan Bakayoko made it 0-2. After a well-organized attack by PSV, with an assist from Malik Tillman, Bakayoko finished.

PSV chased for a third goal, Excelsior’s resistance was finally broken. There were chances, but no more goals. The difference with Feyenoord is again ten points, the Rotterdam team will play against last-place FC Volendam on Thursday.

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End of second half


Siem de Moes is replaced by Jeremy Udenhout


Luuk de Jong is replaced by Ricardo Pepi


Cisse Sandra is replaced by Richie Omorowa


Ferryman shoots too wildly and that is actually a shame, because PSV’s attack was beautiful. He is most disappointed about it himself.


The cross from Teze direction Tillman is good, but Tillman is thrown off balance and cannot shoot.


Guus Til is replaced by Isaac Babadi


PSV is chasing the third goal. Dest is free and shoots, but his effort goes over.


Dest tries it once, only his shot ends up in the hands of Van Gassel.


0-2 GOAL by Johan Bakayoko!

And there is almost immediately the 0-1. Neatly played out and completed Bakayoko.


0-1 GOAL by Mauro Júnior!

And what kind! He shoots the ball from the edge of the penalty area into the intersection. Very nice goal, and his first this season.


Ramalho almost with the 0-1! The defender can head from a corner, but Van Gassel taps the ball away beautifully.


Excellent attack from PSV with a good cross from Dest. Only no one from PSV puts their foot against it.


Teze loses his man completely for a moment, but can correct his mistake before Excelsior becomes really dangerous.


Ferryman tries it from a distance, but his shot is easy prey for Van Gassel.


Tillman comes threateningly in front of the Rotterdam goal, but doesn’t hit the ball well enough.


Casper Widell is replaced by Sven Nieuwpoort


Lance Duijvestijn is replaced by Lazaros Lamprou


Second half kicked off


Zero shots

PSV did not shoot on target once in the first half. Neither does Excelsior, by the way.

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