PSV ended their Europa League campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Rosenborg BK. A single goal scored by Helland on 23 minutes separated the two sides at half-time after a poor first-half display. Mohamed Ihattaren scored a goal of great beauty in the 62nd minute to level the score.
Helland opens the scoring for the visitors
Neither side had a chance to qualify for the UEFA Europa League knockout stages, but, as both coaches had told the media at the pre-match conference, there was pride and prize money to play for. A win for PSV would mean they had amassed ten points, while Rosenborg BK looked to secure their first win of the campaign. PSV and Rosenborg BK could not create any chances in front of a 25,000 crowd in the first fifteen minutes of the game. PSV created the first dangerous moment on 15 minutes. Cody Gakpo dribbled into the area and was brought down. He claimed a penalty but the Russian referee Vitali Meshkov was not impressed. The visitors took the lead on 23 minutes through a solo goal from Pal André Helland, who won the ball in midfield, drove to the area and put the ball into the bottom corner, past PSV’s hapless goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall: 0-1. PSV could not bounce back in the first half. Their build-up play was slow and they lacked ruthlessness and creative ideas. PSV had one half chance before the break when Steven Bergwijn teed Cody Gakpo, who saw his effort blocked and Daniel Schwaab headed over the bar from the resulting corner. HT: 0-1.
Ihattaren nets equaliser
Bergwijn made way for Donyell Malen after the interval as PSV went in search of an equaliser, not for the first time this season. Mark van Bommel’s men were sloppy in possession and did not create much but the game sparked into life on 62 minutes through some magic from Mohamed Ihattaren. The young midfielder (17 years and 303 days) played in Gakpo on the left flank. The winger drifted into the area and pulled the ball back to Ihattaren, who created some space before blasting the ball into the top corner of the net : 1-1. Pablo Rosario came on for Ryan Thomas in the 62nd minute while Ihattaren made way for Gaston Pereiro with twenty minutes remaining. PSV wanted more and Malen came close but fired into the side netting from a tight angle. Bruma had a great opportunity to make sure of victory but missed the target. PSV were lucky when Søderlund sent a free header wide of the post but were unlucky in the final minute when a Norwegian defender clearly handled the ball but the referee again waved play on. Malen thought he had scored the winner at the death but had his goal disallowed. So it was one apiece at the final whistle.