PSV have also won the second big league game of the current season. Gastón Pereiro superbly struck twice either side of the break in the Amsterdam ArenA to help PSV defeat Ajax 1-2. Phillip Cocu´s men have now reduced the gap with leaders Ajax to two points.
Pereiro struck twice on his first league start
PSV were forced to make some changes in their starting line-up, but got off to a fine start. Gastón Pereiro in particular made an immediate impact on his first start for PSV: the Uruguayan played a one-two with Jurgen Locadia and impressively wiggled his way past through three Ajax defenders before tapping it home from close range on seven minutes: 0-1. PSV only enjoyed a short-lived lead. Referee Bas Nijhuis waved play on although Veltman won the ball from Brenet with a wild challenge in the tenth minute and Youness cut into the box and calmly curled the ball past Jeroen Zoet: 1-1. PSV soon took control again and Locadia as well as Bruma had good chances to regain the lead for PSV, but saw their efforts cleared off the line by Ajax defenders.
Gastón Pereiro made an immediate impact
PSV also dominated second-half proceedings but the score, miraculously, was still 1-1 on the hour mark. Several PSV forwards burst through the Ajax defence but the final pass often lacked accuracy. PSV were almost made to rue their missed chances when Victor Fisher cut into the box in the 68th minute and unleashed a fierce shot that only struck the post, with Zoet well and truly beaten. PSV were wide awake again and were eventually rewarded for their attacking play with ten minutes remaining. Pereiro, again, skipped past Jairo Riedeveld and created enough space to superbly lash the ball past the grasping Cillessen. PSV confidently held on for a 2-1 win, reducing the gap with leaders Ajax to two points.