PSV defeat Cambuur to progress in the Cup: 3-2

PSV defeat Cambuur to progress in the Cup: 3-2

PSV have reached the third round of the KNVB Beker after a hard-fought 3-2 win over Cambuur at the Philips Stadium. PSV seemed to be on their way to a comfortable win until matters all of a sudden went the guests’ way halfway through the second half. PSV recovered just in time, though.

Locadia on fire
Phillip Cocu made three changes to his starting XI for the KNVB Beker game compared to Saturday’s encounter. Remko Pasveer, Stijn Schaars and Jürgen Locadia replaced Jeroen Zoet, the suspended Davy Pröpper and Luciano Narsingh. The latter’s replacement proved Cocu right after 16 minutes of play. Locadia was more alert than any other player in the Cambuur area after a corner kick from Maxime Lestienne and the attacker found the back of the net via the upright: 1-0. Locadia then set up Luuk de Jong in a dangerous position shortly after, but the PSV captain’s attempt was blocked by a Cambuur defender. De Jong got another chance to double PSV’s lead at the half-hour mark after a pass from Lestienne, but he again failed to find the target. Kai Heerings did find the net in the 43th minute, but he was unfortunate to beat his own goalkeeper to make it 2-0 for PSV after all heading into the break after a cross from Santiago Arias.

Ogbeche double, De Jong decisive
PSV thus appeared to be on their way to a comfortable win. Cocu’s men also got the better chances of the two after the break. Adam Maher threatened once and Jorrit Hendrix’s attempt was cleared just in front of the goalline. However, a Bartholomew Ogbeche double then got Cambuur back in the game. The attacker first tapped home after some sloppy defending from the PSV back-line, before converting a spot kick after Schaars handled the ball inside his own area: 2-2. De Jong could have restored PSV’s lead immediately after the equaliser with a good header, but PSV were somewhat fortunate not to concede a third goal on the following counterattack. Pasveer prevented a third Cambuur goal, though, and De Jong eventually made the difference when he fired home a spot kick to end the Frisians’ cup ambitions.