PSV edge past Willem II
PSV have done themselves a big favour by recording a 4-0 victory over Willem II on Saturday night, while their nearest rivals face each other on Sunday.
Phillip Cocu’s men found it tough going in the first half against Willem II, who last claimed a victory in Eindhoven in 1983. A minute’s silence was held in tribute of former club doctor Tjaarda Weber, who passed away this week.
The visitors, who played a compact defence and hoped to burst away with speed on the counter, threatened twice in the early opening exchanges.
The first chance fell to Steven Berghuis, who had his shot cleared off the line by Jordens Peters, with goalkeeper Timon Wellenreuter well-beaten.
PSV lacked pace in their attacks and could not find their rhythm. Willem II defended deeply but had the best opportunity in the first half, when Ben Rienstra fired the ball over the bar, with the goal at his mercy.
PSV were fully in control after the break and Hirving Lozano scored the opening goal four minutes into the second half. A cross was deflected and fell to the Mexican who needed no second invitation, slotting the ball into the top corner of the net: 1-0.
Gaston Pereiro doubled PSV’s lead six minutes later. A corner was flicked on and the Uruguayan headed home from close range: 2-0. Lozano made it three in the 58th minute: 3-0.
Captain Marco Van Ginkel added a fourth goal from the penalty spot on 70 minutes. Heading into the international break, PSV kept themselves top of the Eredivisie, with 18 points from 7 games.