PSV left it late but an 86th -minute goal from Hirving Lozano was enough to get the better of VVV-Venlo and secure a hard-fought 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon.
Goalless at half-time
PSV head coach Mark van Bommel made two changes to the team that claimed a 2-0 win against NAC Breda last weekend. Hirving Lozano returned from suspension, while Michal Sadílek was given the nod to take Jorrit Hendrix’s midfield berth. The home side were countering at every opportunity and Mlapa forced Jeroen Zoet into a great save on twelve minutes when he tried his luck with a shot on the turn. At the other end, VVV-Venlo keeper Lars Unnerstall, on loan from PSV, pulled off a reflex save to deny Angelino. The momentum was swinging PSV’s way but VVV-Venlo’s tall German shot stopper Unnerstall made himself even bigger to save Steven Bergwijn’s chip. The hosts also had their moments. Patrick Joosten cut inside the box but rifled his shot into the roof of the net. And VVV-Venlo were close to opening the scoring on 43 minutes, but Jeroen Zoet came to the rescue, making an incredible save when Danny Post looked certain to find the net from close range.
Lozano scores late winner
Van Bommel made one change at half-time, with Donyell Malen coming on for Mohammed Ihattaren. PSV needed a win and surged forward but VVV-Venlo worked hard and threatened on the counter. Captain Luuk de Jong sent a header on target on the hour-mark but Unnerstall stretched to full length to palm his effort away. PSV created very few clear-cut chances against a well-organised and compact VVV-Venlo defence. Sadilek made way for Cody Gakpo in the 78th minute in a bid to strengthen the attack. Lozano came close to make the breakthrough but dragged his effort agonisingly wide of Unnerstal’s goal. PSV threw men forward and the away end went wild when Hirving Lozano finally broke the deadlock four minutes from the end, with a beautifully crafted solo goal: 0-1.The hosts thought they were level but Denzel Dumfries made an astonishing goal line clearance in the hectic closing stages as PSV breathed a big sigh of relief. Several PSV players will be away on international duty next week. Mark van Bommel’s men will be back in Eredivisie action on Sunday 31 March when they lock horns with Ajax in a top-of-the-table clash in the Johan Cruyff Arena.