PSV held to a 1-1 draw by Feyenoord

PSV held to a 1-1 draw by Feyenoord

Defending champions PSV’s lead at the top of the table has been cut to just two points after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Feyenoord. Feyenoord were down to ten men on 59 minutes, but Nicolai Jörgensen opened the scoring for the visitors in the 71st minute. Lozano netted an equaliser one minute later.

Goalless at half-time
PSV looked to claim their twelfth league game in a row as they entertained third-placed Feyenoord on an absolutely glorious February day in the Philips Stadion. The sun was shining and it was extremely mild for the time of the year. Mark van Bommel named an unchanged XI for the fifteenth time this season. PSV came close to opening the scoring on fifteen minutes. Steven Bergwijn skipped past Sven van Beek on the byline, but his cross was cleared by Calvin Verdonk. At the other end, Jens Toornstra forced a stop out of PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet. The first big chance of the match fell to PSV on 21 minutes. Gaston Pereiro set Bergwijn who played a through ball for Luuk de Jong. PSV’s captain was one-on-one with Feyenoord stopper Kenneth Vermeer but could not make the most of this opportunity. Mark van Bommel’s men then had to withstand a period of  pressure from the visitors and Zoet kept PSV in the game, pulling off a great save to deny Tonny Vilhena. Nicolai Jörgensen’s shot on the turn went just wide of the post, while Jan-Arie van der Heijden’s header lacked power and Steven Berghuis had a shot blocked.

Jörgensen opens scoring – Lozano responded quickly
Van Bommel made one half-time change, bringing on Cody Gakpo for Pereiro. Villena went into referee Higler’s notebook for a foul on Lozano two minutes after the restart. PSV were looking to get a grip on the game, but survived a scare when Jörgensen tested Zoet, who pushed his effort away, and Toornstra drove the rebound wide. Luuk de Jong came close but PSV’s captain had his header saved by Vermeer. Van Beek was booked for a foul on Lozano on 57 minutes and the defender was sent off for a professional foul on the Mexican two minutes later. Urged on by the home crowd who were in good voice, PSV tried to capitalise on their numerical advantage but the visitors, reduced to ten men, took the lead on 71 minutes, when Jörgensen unleashed a swerving long-range shot that sailed into the net: 0-1. PSV responded quickly and it was all square again one minute later. Cody Gakpo won the ball and found Hirving Lozano, who slotted home at the far post, taking his goalscoring tally for the season to fourteen: 1-1. Feyenoord were struggling to get out of their half and Bergwijn had a chance to put PSV on top, but Vermeer saved his shot. Seventeen-year-old Mohammed Ihattaren replaced Jorrit Hendrix seven minutes before the end. Bergwijn had a great chance to snatch a late win but slipped and skewed his effort wide, while Vermeer made saves to deny Bergwijn and Dumfries, and Gakpo sent a header wide. Full time score: 1-1. PSV will be back in league action on Saturday when they face Excelsior in Rotterdam at 19.45.