The Stats From | Olivier stood his ground constructively and defensively

The Stats From | Olivier stood his ground constructively and defensively
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With a well-timed header, Olivier Boscagli put the 2-0 on the scoreboard at De Kuip. It was one of his highlights in the topper against the Rotterdammers, and the Frenchman was therefore voted Man of the Match.

Olivier was inside the lines for all the minutes in PSV's 2-1 win over Feyenoord. The central defender is known to be of value in building up his team, which he also showed in the port city. He sent 42 passes of which 76% reached a teammate, the most of the PSV squad after Jerdy Schouten. This league season, Olivier already gave 995 passes, 853 of which had a fellow player as an end. Only Dávid Hancko (Feyenoord) and Jorrel Hato (Ajax) did this more often.

'Oli' did not avoid a duel against the current number two in the Eredivisie rankings. In injury time of the first half, Feyenoord broke through on the side: left back Quilindschy Hartman steamed up and saw striker Santiago Giménez free. His low cross seemed to reach the Mexican, but there was also Olivier's sliding leg. Thus he prevented the opponent from capitalizing on a great chance for the opening goal.

He excelled in entering defensive duels: his tally stood at twelve after referee Danny Makkelie's whistle. 67% of these duels were won by the 26-year-old defender. No PSV player did better than him. He also captured the ball three times through an interception.

Offensively important
A good 48% percent of his passes were played forward by Boscagli. He was therefore also heavily involved in the offensive play of his team, and even crowned himself the goldcrest of head coach Peter Bosz in minute 65. After a well-cut corner kick from Joey Veerman, he headed the ball hard behind Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bijlow. The 2-0 was his eighth goal in the PSV shirt.