Aug 19, 2023 at 8:42 PM Update: 2 hours ago
PSV also won the second Eredivisie match of the season on Saturday when visiting Vitesse. The team of coach Peter Bosz won 1-3 in Arnhem despite a weak first half.
Marco van Ginkel of all appearances seemed to give PSV a tough evening in the GelreDome. The Vitesse midfielder, who played for PSV for several seasons, scored Arnhem’s opening goal after nineteen minutes of play. PSV barely came into play before the break.
After PSV coach Bosz made three substitutions at halftime, things started to run. Leading roles were played by Ismael Saibari and Yorbe Vertessen. Saibari scored the equalizer. Vertessen scored the second Eindhoven goal and earned a penalty kick. That was used by Luuk de Jong, as a result of which PSV won 3-1.
Thanks to the victory in the GelreDome, PSV remains clear in the Eredivisie. That cannot be said about competitors Ajax and Feyenoord. Feyenoord lost points against Fortuna Sittard (0-0) last week. Earlier on Saturday, Ajax did not get further than a 2-2 draw against Excelsior.
PSV will be back in action on Tuesday. One of two crucial duels with Rangers FC awaits in Glasgow in which a place for the group stage of the Champions League is at stake. The disappointment for PSV was the retirement of Patrick van Aanholt. He injured his thigh and was unable to complete the game.
The PSV supporters were not allowed to go to Arnhem after they set off fireworks at the last Eredivisie game of last season. Photo: Getty Images
PSV has little to say before the break
Bosz chose Vertessen in Arnhem to replace Noa Lang. The 24-year-old attacker turned out to be a taste maker in his first weeks in Eindhoven, but was not fully fit for the duel with Vitesse. Hoping to be able to use him in the midweek duel with Rangers, no risks were taken with Lang. The breakthrough this season Isaac Babadi was preferred to Saibari.
After four victories in the first four games, there was little reason for coach Bosz to change his starting eleven further. Partly for this reason, the Apeldoorner will have been shocked by what his team showed before the break. The first two chances were for PSV via Vertessen. But then it was Vitesse, where no less than four players with a PSV past were in the field, that struck the clock.
The team of former PSV coach Philip Cocu was given plenty of space by the visitors to break out. After nineteen minutes, an Arnhem attack led to a goal, precisely through one of the former PSV players: Van Ginkel. The midfielder became champion with PSV in 2016 and 2018, but now dealt his old club a serious blow.
Just like midweek, PSV had to straighten its back against Sturm Graz after falling behind, but did not immediately succeed. Van Ginkel was close to his second ten minutes after his goal, but shot wide. Kacper Kozlowski saw his shot blocked from a promising position. But then Arnhem’s biggest opportunity was yet to come.
Van Ginkel thought he had tapped the ball into an empty goal from close range, but PSV defender Jordan Teze cleared the ball off the line. The team from Eindhoven could not complain at halftime with only a 1-0 deficit.
Marco van Ginkel hurt his old team, but ended up without points. Photo: Pro Shots
Saibari and Vertessen help PSV to victory after Bosz intervention
A dissatisfied Bosz intervened hard in the break and made three substitutions. Saibari and Guus Til came in for Johan Bakayoko and Babadi. In addition, Jerdy Schouten, remarkably enough as a central defender, made his debut. He was the replacement for the constantly struggling André Ramalho.
Bosz’s harsh intervention had an effect. PSV was more dangerous in the second half than in the first 45 minutes. Shortly after the break, Saibari scored the equalizer for PSV after a heel from De Jong. The goal was initially disallowed for offside, but after an intervention by the VAR, Saibari was awarded his first ever official PSV goal.
PSV, which saw Van Aanholt fall out injured, seemed to put things in order. But the team was lucky that it did not fall behind fifteen minutes later. After a huge error of judgment by PSV goalkeeper Walter Benítez, substitute Gyan de Regt was able to tap the ball into an empty goal. The twenty-year-old attacker saw his effort bounce off the crossbar.
De Regt will sometimes wake up tonight because of his misses, because PSV scored twice in the ten minutes that followed. There was a leading role for Vertessen. First, the Belgian himself rounded off nicely after an individual action. And a few minutes later he earned a penalty after a foul by Carlens Arcus. The penalty was used by De Jong.
Vertessen could have crowned his evening with another goal, but shot the ball wide in front of an empty goal. Victory was no longer in danger for PSV. The team is therefore at the top of the Eredivisie.
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