PSV claimed a 2-0 routine win over Eredivisie basement boys NAC Breda in the Philips Stadion on Saturday night, courtesy of goals from Luuk de Jong on five minutes and a 71st-minute strike by substitute Donyell Malen.
Luuk de Jong hands PSV an early lead
Cody Gakpo, who was handed his first senior start for PSV, replaced the suspended Hirving Lozano. Goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet played his 250th Eredivisie match, while Luuk de Jong made his 150th league appearance for PSV. Mark van Bommel’s men started the game well, playing a high line and made the breakthrough after barely five minutes. Cody Gakpo whipped in a low cross from the left wing and captain Luuk de Jong slotted home a first-time shot from close range at the near post: 1-0. It was his 21st goal of the season. PSV bossed the majority of the game and created chances to double their lead but Angeliño failed to find Luuk de Jong, who was left completely unmarked. 17-year-old midfielder Mohamed Ihattaren released Gakpo who had his shot saved by NAC keeper Benjamin van Leer, a former PSV player. The rebound fell to Angeliño, who rattled the bar with a vicious shot on 19 minutes. Steven Bergwijn sent in an inviting cross in the 27th minute but De Jong and Gakpo got in each other’s way and the chance went begging.
Substitute Donyell Malen doubles PSV’s lead
Luuk de Jong thought he had scored his second goal of the match straight after the break, but his goal was ruled out after VAR intervention, as Gakpo was adjudged to have been offside when he started the move. Neither team could find their rhythm. PSV had more of the ball but failed to expose NAC Breda’s compact defence. Van Bommel made a double substitution on 67 minutes, with Michal Sadilek and Donyell Malen coming on for Hendrix and Gakpo. It paid dividends as Malen finally doubled PSV’s lead four minutes later. He was at the end of a well-worked move, set up by Denzel Dumfries, taking his tally for the season to six: 2-0. It was PSV's twelfth goal of the season scored by a substitute. Bergwijn had a chance to make it three but was unlucky to see his effort crash off the bar. Ihattaren, who had dazzled the fans with some pieces of magic, left the pitch to a standing ovation, making way for Gaston Pereiro eight minutes from the end. PSV are eight points clear at the top of the Eredivisie table but Ajax have two games in hand.