Luuk de Jong’s strike earns PSV a 1-0 win against Vitesse

Luuk de Jong’s strike earns PSV a 1-0 win against Vitesse

PSV made it eleven wins out of eleven after a narrow but deserved 1-0 win over ten-man Vitesse. Mark van Bommel’s side got the three points on board thanks to a 69th goal from captain Luuk de Jong.

PSV made a positive start, with Luuk de Jong heading wide from Gaston Pereiro’s corner after just two minutes. The visitors were reduced to ten men on fourteen minutes. José Angelino played Hirving Lozano clean through and Danilo Doekhi made a professional foul to stop the Mexican. The Vitesse defender was given his marching orders and his team were reduced to ten men.

PSV, enjoying the bulk of possession, laid siege on the Vitesse box. José Angelino sent in an inviting cross from the left which took a deflection off a Vitesse defender but goalkeeper Eduardo pulled off a fine save. Pereiro hit a shot that bobbled agonisingly wide. Steven Bergwijn had a great chance to open the scoring on 32 minutes when he intercepted a poor back pass, but failed to beat Eduardo, when one-on-one with the shot stopper. PSV dominated the game but could not create a clear-cut opening against a well-organised ten-man Vitesse side. HT: 0-0.

The second half continued in the same vein with PSV taking charge early on, but Mark van Bommel’s men could find no way through Vitesse’s determined defence. Lozano rounded his marker but Luuk de Jong just could not connect with his cross on 56 minutes.

PSV were sloppy in possession at times and gradually lost control. Jeroen Zoet was forced to make a good save to keep his side in the game. The deadlock was finally broken in the 69th minute. Lozano provided the assist and Luuk de Jong got ahead of his marker to slot home, taking his tally to nine league goals for the season and his 75th goal for PSV in the Eredivisie: 1-0.

Donyell Malen came on for Steven Bergwijn with six minutes remaining as PSV held on to their narrow 1-0 advantage at the Philips Stadion. They have collected a maximum 33 points from eleven games.