PSV earned their 10th successive win over PEC Zwolle with a 4-0 victory on the very wet artificial turf pitch of the MAC³PARK Stadion in Zwolle on Sunday afternoon. Pablo Rosario opened the scoring on 39 minutes. Donyell Malen doubled the lead in the 68th minute and Ritsu Doan added a third on 72 minutes. Substitute Guti made it four in the dying seconds.
Rosario breaks deadlock
Bruma, Timo Baumgartl, Michal Sadílek and Mo Ihattaren, who were rested against FC Groningen on Wednesday, returned to the starting line-up. Mark van Bommel’s side struggled to create chances in the opening fifteen minutes. Xavier Mous had to be alert at his near post when Donyell Malen shot on target and the PEC Zwolle goalkeeper also saved Mohamed Ihattaren’s effort. The best chance fell to PSV in the 26th minute. Sadílek linked up well with Steven Bergwijn and Mous had to stretch to keep the winger’s effort out. At the other end, Jeroen Zoet produced a brilliant reflex save two minutes later to keep his team in the game. The deadlock was broken on 39 minutes. Jorrit Hendrix and Bruma combined well and found Pablo Rosario in acres of space. PSV’s captain quite rightly tried his luck from long range and netted the opening goal with a crisp strike. It was his second goal in as many matches: 0-1. PSV came close to doubling their lead in the 44th minute but Sam Kersten made a late clearance to deny Malen. HT: 0-1.
Malen doubles lead – Doan opens scoring account – Guti makes it four
Bruma sustained an injury six minutes into the second half and Ritsu Doan came off the bench to replace him. The home side survived a huge scare on minutes, when Denzel Dumfries saw his shot whistle past the post. The crowd cheered Ryan Thomas when the former PEC Zwolle player started to warm up. PSV took a two-goal advantage in the 68th minute when Donyell Malen took his goal scoring tally for the season to eight with a shot on the turn: 0-2. PSV were on fire and Japanese summer signing Doan opened his PSV scoring account four minutes later, beating Mous at his near post with a precise low shot: 0-3. Bergwijn made way for Cody Gakpo in the 74th minute, while Érick Gutiérrez came on for Mohamed Ihattaren five minutes later. Another substitute got his name on the score sheet: ‘Guti’ made it four for PSV in the dying seconds. FT: 0-4.
PSV are level on points with Ajax with 20 points from 8 games, but are trailing on goal difference. Mark van Bommel’s side will be in action again on Thursday, 2 October when they face Rosenborg BK in Norway in their second Europe League Group D fixture.