PSV claim 3-2 win in Belarus
PSV have taken a giant step towards reaching the group stages of the UEFA Champions League after a spectacular 3-2 win over BATE Borisov in the first leg of the play-off tie.
BATE Borisov dominated the first 35 minutes. They went close twice early on and saw a goal disallowed for offside in the sixth minute, as they were looking to score an early opening goal.
And the deadlock was broken on nine minutes. Aleksandar Filipovic sent in an inviting cross from the left and Jasse Tuominen, completely left alone, tapped home from two yards out, leaving Jeroen Zoet with no chance.
PSV had survived a few scares when they were awarded a penalty on 35 minutes. Bergwijn’s cross struck the arm of Milunović and Gaston Pereiro scored from the spot: 1-1. Hirving Lozano then had a header saved and Luuk de Jong hit the post.
Mark van Bommel’s team were rewarded for their dominant play in the Borisov Arena on 61 minutes. Lozano created some space before superbly bending a great strike into the bottom corner: 1-2.
PSV had golden chances to put the result beyond any doubt but failed to take them. Bate’s 88th-minute equaliser came out of the blue. A rebound fell to Alexander Hleb who fired into the empty net: 2-2. However, it was Donyell Malen who had the final say.
The 19-year-old substitute opened his PSV scoring account with his first touch, netting a diving header from an Angelino cross, leaving PSV on top heading into next Wednesday’s second leg in the Philips Stadion. Final score: 2-3.