PSV crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Sporting CP after a 4-0 defeat in Estádio José Alvalade on a difficult Thursday night. The hosts, who needed a win to get through, dominated first-half proceedings and netted three goals before the break. Their captain Bruno Fernandes, who was the star of the night, made it four from the spot.
Sporting CP lead 3-0 at half time
Sporting CP enjoyed the bulk of possession early on and soon got their reward, with captain Bruno Fernandes playing a prominent role. First he forced Lars Unnerstall into a reflex save and seconds later he sent in a sweet cross that Luiz Phellype steered home in the 9th minute: 1-0. Seven minutes later, he unleashed a powerful bouncing shot that went home via a post: 2-0. PSV had one chance to reduce the deficit, when Bruma’s effort just went over the crossbar. The hosts took a three-goal advantage on 43 minutes. They won a corner and Jérémy Mathieu, left unmarked, acrobatically fired home a first-time shot high into the net at the near post: 3-0.
Fernandes makes it four from the spot
Van Bommel made a double change at the break, bringing on Gastón Pereiro for Pablo Rosario and Cody Gakpo for Bruma. PSV had the first chance of the second half, but Mohamed Ihattaren sent his effort straight at the keeper, who palmed his shot away for a corner. PSV tried to score a consolation goal but were caught on the counter-attack in the 63rd minute. Acuna wiggled his way past a few defenders and Timo Baumgartl conceded a penalty for a foul to end his run. Bruno Fernandes capped a great performance by sending Unnerstall the wrong way: 4-0. Mark van Bommel’s men had little to offer. Steven Bergwijn made way for Ryan Thomas on 79 minutes. As LASK Linz claimed a 2-1 victory at Rosenborg, Sporting CP and the Austrian side progress to the Europa League knockout stages, while PSV are out. PSV can restore some pride on 12 December when they host Rosenborg on match day 6, while LASK welcome Sporting CP.