PSV looked to get their season back on track after a poor run. There was fresh optimism at the Philips Stadion on Saturday night after PSV claimed a resounding 5-0 win over Fortuna Sittard. Doan opened the scoring, Malen doubled the lead and Bergwijn made it three from the spot in the first half. Ihattaren converted another penalty in the second half. Ibrahim Afellay made his long-awaited comeback from injury on 81 minutes. Substitute Gakpo completed the rout in the closing stages.
Doan, Malen and Bergwijn on target in the first half
PSV went into the game knowing that only a win would do to turn their season around. Head coach Mark van Bommel kept faith with the same starting XI. He saw his team press quickly and Ritsu Doan had the ball in the net on six minutes but was deemed offside by seemingly millimetres by the VAR. There were roars from the home crowd who sensed this was a crucial game. The Japanese international took revenge one minute later. Steven Bergwijn floated the ball in and Doan kept his calm and rose to head home: 1-0. The first booking went to Clint Essers for a clumsy challenge on Mohamed Ihattaren and the Fortuna defender was lucky that referee Allard Lindhout did not show him a second yellow card after a similar foul on Michal Sadilek. PSV looked to double their lead and Denzel Dumfries came close when he headed the ball just wide. Donyell Malen took his goal scoring tally for the season to eleven in the 26th minute, heading home Sadilek’s sweet cross past Fortuna keeper Alexei Koselev: 2-0. PSV went straight on the hunt for a third and won a penalty on 42 minutes, when Bergwijn was pulled down in the box. He stepped up himself and duly converted the spot-kick: 3-0. PSV were firmly in control, but Doan, with the goal at his mercy, somehow skewed his effort well-wide. HT: 3-0.
Ihattaren and Gakpo complete the rout
Van Bommel made one change at half-time, introducing Érick Gutiérrez for Pablo Rosario. PSV took a four-goal advantage seven minutes into the second half. They were awarded another penalty and this time Ihattaren sent the keeper the wrong way, becoming the youngest player in the Dutch top flight to score a penalty : 4-0. Cody Gakpo replaced Bergwijn in the 57th minute. The crowd chanted: “Van Bommel, bring on Afellay”, and they got wild when Ibi started to warm up. PSV came really close to scoring a fifth goal, but missed a number of gilt-edged chances. Van Bommel made his final change on 81 minutes, when Afellay came on for Dumfries, to the huge delight of the home fans. He made his long-awaited comeback after a 707- day injury lay-off and immediately took over the captain’s armband from Dumfries. Substitute Gakpo tapped home Malen’s low cross at the far post on 83 minutes. FT: 5-0. PSV will return to action on Thursday when they host Rosenborg in the Philips Stadion in their last Europa League Group D encounter.