PSV head into the international break in buoyant mood after they registered a 1-3 victory against bottom club RKC Waalwijk in the Mandemakers Stadion on Sunday evening. PSV had to come from behind to earn the three points, thanks to an own goal from Quasten and goals from Baumgartl and Mitroglou.
Meulensteen opens scoring for RKC
Bergwijn returned to the starting line-up as PSV gradually gained the initiative in Waalwijk. Etienne Vaesen was the busier of the goalkeepers. The RKC shot stopper comfortably saved Mohamed Ihattaren’s effort and quickly left his line to deny Steven Bergwijn. Mark van Bommel’s team were struggling to create any meaningful chances. RKC looked to threaten on the counter and almost capitalised on a defensive slip of PSV’s centre backs, but Elbers fired over the bar. The first half saw few chances until the hosts took the lead in the 43rd minute with defender Melle Meulensteen chipping home from close range. HT: 1-0.
Three second-half goals
PSV went in search of an equaliser after the break. After Stanley Elbers had put a shot across the face of goal, Ihattaren got a great chance to level but stabbed wide with the goal at his mercy. Mark van Bommel made his first change on 57 minutes, with Erick Gutiérrez making way for Jorrit Hendrix and Kostas Mitroglou replaced Pablo Rosario in the 64th minute. The alteration led to Mitroglou playing up top and paid off immediately. One minute later, Ihattaren wiggled his way through the defence and Paul Quasten converted his cross into his own goal: 1-1. PSV took the lead from a set-piece in the 75th minute. A corner was half cleared and Timo Baumgartl opened his PSV scoring account, unleashing an unstoppable shot from the edge of the penalty area into the top corner of the net: 1-2. Mitroglou was the next player to score his first goal in a PSV shirt. One minute after having come on for Gakpo, Bruma delivered a fine cross and the Greek striker had the simple task of tapping home from three yards out: 1-3. Mark van Bommel’s men are third in the table, with ten points from four games.