PSV dropped two points in a 2-2 draw at Sparta Rotterdam on Saturday night. Ragnar Ache opened the scoring for the hosts. Michal Sadílek netted an equaliser after the break, but Mohamed Rayhi regained the lead for Sparta. Cody Gakpo rescued a point for PSV with a 90th minute strike.
Ragnar Ache puts Sparta ahead
PSV head coach Mark van Bommel made one change, bringing on 19-year-old midfielder Mohamed Ihattaren who returned from injury. Bruma started up front with Cody Gakpo and Ritsu Doan providing support from, respectively, the left and right wing. PSV got off to a decent start. Denzell Dumfries sent in an inviting cross and Gakpo just could not quite get a boot on it. The hosts had a golden opportunity to open the scoring in the 8th minute when Ragnar Ache got ahead of his marker but he only rattled the post. PSV gradually started to knock on the door and came close for the second time in the match. Gutiérrez picked out Dumfries, who made another rampaging run and delivered a fine cross, but Bruma blazed his effort over the bar. Rosario sent Doan in a one-on-one against Ariel Harush but Sparta’s keeper parried away his shot. Sparta made the breakthrough on 29 minutes. A poor pass was intercepted; Jeroen Zoet made a save to deny Bryan Smeets but Ragnar Ache tapped home the rebound: 1-0. PSV had been dealt a blow as they were again forced to go in search of an equaliser but could not create any chances in the final fifteen minutes of the game. Sparta defended compactly and Ragnar Ache’s goal separated the two sides at the break.
Sadílek scored equaliser- Rayhi gave Sparta the lead but Gakpo rescued a point
Van Bommel made one change at half-time, bringing on Olivier Boscagli for Gutiérrez while Michal Sadílek moved up to midfield and two full backs played higher up the pitch. PSV enjoyed the bulk of possession and were rewarded for their attacking play on 55 minutes when Michal Sadílek scored an equaliser: 1-1. He was immediately taken off and Kostas Mitroglou came off the bench to replace him. PSV wanted more goals but were left frustrated three minutes later when Mohamed Rayhi struck on the counter out of Jeroen Zoet’s reach: 2-1. Mark van Bommel’s team continued to press and tested Sparta’s defence with wave after wave of attacks. Gakpo sent an effort across the face of goal on 72 minutes, Doan’s shot flew inches over the bar and Bruma hit the bar with a clever lob. Gakpo finally rescued a point for PSV when he fired home from Mo Ihattaren’s cross in the last minute of official time: 2-2.