PSV hit ten-man VVV-Venlo for six
Doelpunten Dries Mertens
The hosts had the first chance of the game, but Türk sent his shot wide. Captain Mark van Bommel returned to the starting XI from suspension and almost gifted his team the lead in the fourth minute. He started a solo run before unleashing a long-range shot only to see his effort hit the inside of the post. Minutes later, Nwofor attampted to find the net for VVV-Venlo but he had deliberately handled the ball and was booked by the referee.The deadlock was broken after 23 minutes. Dries Mertens played a quick one-two with Toivonen and calmly slotted home the first goal of the match into the bottom corner: 0-1. The home side were not impressed and Waterman was forced into a good save by Linssen. Belgian international Dries Mertens scored a peach of a goal in the 35th minute to double PSV’s lead, subtly chipping the ball over Mäenpää: 0-2.
PSV head coach made Dick Advocaat made one change at half-time, bringing on Wilfred Bouma for Marcel Ritzmaier. VVV-Venlo were down to ten men after 65 minutes. Striker Nwofor was again shown a yellow card for handling the ball when he was at the end of a counter attack and consequently sent off by referee Braamhaar. Jürgen Locadia replaced Luciano Narsingh two minutes later. The substition paid off very well as Locadia opened his scoring account for PSV in the 75th minute. Toivonen turned provider and Locadia’s finish was impeccable: 0-3. The visitors made use of their numerical advantage and after Advocaat had made his third substitution, introducing Georginio Wijnaldum for Ola Toivonen, Dries Mertens netted his third goal of the afternoon. He rounded a few defenders and fired home at the near post in the 79th minute: 0-4.
Locadia made dream debut
With eight minutes remaining, Locadia piled more misery on ten-man VVV when he scored his second Eredivisie goal: 0-5. And he capped a great display on his league debut by completing a hat-trick in the 86th minute, with Wijnaldum turning provider with a clever through ball: 0-6. PSV will host Napoli in their second UEFA Europa League group stage game on Thursday and entertain NAC Breda at the Philips Stadion next week Sunday.
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