PSV show resilience in Venlo: 2-5
On their return to Eredivisie action after an international week, PSV came from behind to claim a vital 5-2 victory at VVV-Venlo on Sunday afternoon.
Following Feyenoord’s goalless draw with PEC Zwolle on Saturday night, PSV were fully aware that a win in Venlo would extend their lead at the top of the table. Luuk de Jong replaced Hirving Lozano, who has picked up an elbow injury.
After former PSV midfielder Clint Leeman had fired the first shot on target, PSV started to dominate proceedings. Jürgen Locadia and Luuk de Jong were a constant threat and the two players set up the opening goal.
De Jong played a one-two on the edge of the penalty area with Locadia, who curled the first goal of the match past the keeper on 23 minutes.
PSV omitted to double the lead and the half-time score was 1-1 after Isimat conceded a penalty on 40 minutes and Leemans duly converted the spot kick.
Cocu made one change at half-time, bringing on Mauro Junior for Steven Bergwijn. The young Brazilian made his PSV debut. The home side took the lead three minutes into the second half, with Hunte at the end of a well-worked counter attack: 2-1
It was all square again ten minutes later. Pereiro unleashed a shot from sixteen yards out that sailed past the keeper into the top of the net: 2-2. VVV-Venlo were reduced to ten men when Promes was sent off for a vicious two-footed tackle on Santiago Arias in the 61st minute.
Ten-man VVV-Venlo were forced to defend deeply and centre back Daniel Schwaab headed home from a corner on 67 minutes. Mauro Junior wrapped up the three points in the 72nd minute. Pereiro put the icing on the cake, heading de Jong’s cross into an empty net: 2-5