PSV beat FC Twente in Eindhoven
PSV grab an early 2-0 lead
PSV started the match superbly and could have opened the scoring after just a few minutes. Bryan Ruiz - who returned to the starting XI after shaking off his injury problems - was on the receiving end of a low cross from Arias after Ji-Sung Park’s clever step-over, but the former Twente attacker’s shot was saved by goalkeeper Nick Marsman. The hosts did grab the lead in the seventh minute, though. Arias again charged forward down the right wing and beat Marsman with a low shot in the near corner. The Enschede side then threatened a few times before the hosts doubled their lead. Locadia headed home after a fine cross from Mephis Depay halfway through the first half. Dusan Tadic hit the crossbar for the away side, but Quincy Promes eventually did peg one back shortly before the break.
Second chance leads to another goal
The first big chance of the second half again fell to Ruiz as the Costa Rica international caused Marsman all kinds of problems with his header after Depay’s cross in the 49th minute. PSV once more found the net with their second chance after the interval. Jetro Willems curled the ball past Marsman at the far corner with his right foot to restore PSV’s two-goal lead. Luc Castaignos nearly made it 3-2 shortly after, but the striker aimed too high after he was set up by Felipe Gutiérrez. However, Kyle Ebecilio did score the guests’ second goal of the evening in the 68th minute. The midfielder fired home from close range after the PSV defence was unable to clear Tadic’s corner-kick.
Tense closing stages
The Tukkers started pushing for the equaliser after Ebecilio’s goal, but they failed to really threaten. A PSV counter-attack, meanwhile, nearly put the match to bed. Ruiz set up Locadia with an intelligent back-heel, but Rasmus Bengtsson denied the young striker with a last-ditch tackle. Locadia got another good chance to score his second goal of the game after some good work from Oscar Hiljemark, but he blasted his shot high and wide. The match thus remained a tense affair right until the end, but Cocu’s men held firm until the final whistle. PSV climb from seventh to fifth place in the table following Saturday’s win.
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