PSV earned a 1-0 narrow routine win against FK Haugesund in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday evening. A single goal from Steven Bergwijn, who converted a penalty on 24 minutes, separated the two sides.
Steven Bergwijn converts spot kick
Head coach Mark van Bommel made only one change to his starting line-up, with German centre half Timo Baumgartl making his full competitive debut for PSV. The hosts started brightly and saw most of the ball. Sandberg burst down the right flank on seven minutes but saw his effort blocked for a corner. PSV could not create any chances of note in the opening stages but gradually began to take control. After Slovenian referee Matej Jug had waved away a decent penalty appeal for handball, he pointed to the spot on 24 minutes for an alleged handball of a Norwegian defender who tried to block Pereiro’s shot. Steven Bergwijn stepped up and sent keeper Sandvik the wrong to open the scoring for PSV in Haugesund: 0-1. PSV had one more chance before the half-time whistle went. Donyell Malen started a mazy run on the left wing before unleashing a low shot that the Norwegian shot stopper pushed away for a corner.
Uneventful second half
The second half continued in more or less the same vein. The home side enjoyed the bulk of possession but never really threatened the PSV defence. Bruma played a long ball into the path of Malen who sent his effort across the face of goal. Mark van Bommel's men looked to strike on the counter but the final passes were frequently sloppy. Van Bommel made a double change on 58 minutes, introducing Hirving Lozano and Cody Gakpo for Bruma and Pereiro to bolster his attacking options but no goals were scored in an uneventful second half. PSV will be back in league action on Sunday when they entertain ADO Den Haag on Sunday night in the first home game of the new season, before welcoming SK Haugesund for the return leg in the Philips Stadion next Thursday.