PSV held to a 3-3 draw at Vitesse

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PSV held to a 3-3 draw at Vitesse

PSV put in a dogged performance and came back from behind three times as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Vitesse in the Gelredome on Sunday afternoon. Mark van Bommel’s side are level on points with Ajax but the Amsterdam outfit have a better goal difference. Serero opened the scoring for Vitesse but Lozano levelled from the penalty spot. Ødegaard put the hosts ahead after the break and Luuk de Jong restored parity. Tim Matavz handed Vitesse the lead for the third time but Lozano converted a second spot-kick in the 90th minute.

Serero opens scoring, Lozano levels from the spot
PSV, fiedling an unchanged side, knew they needed another win to stay top of the table after Ajax had recorded a 4-1 win at Willem II on Saturday. Mark van Bommel’s men had several attempts on target early on. Steven Bergwijn had a shot blocked, Jorrit Hendrix saw a shot deflected for a corner and Gastón Pereiro forced Ramko Pasveer, a former PSV keeper, into a diving save. But it was the hosts who took the lead on thirteen minutes, with former Ajax midfielder Thulani Serero stroking home at the end of a counter attack: 1-0.  PSV went in search of an equaliser and they came close on 20 minutes. Hirving Lozano beat his man but saw his shot come off the crossbar, while Pereiro fired a free kick just inches wide of the post. It was all square again on 41 minutes. Pablo Rosario played a superb ball into the path of Hirving Lozano, who was pulled down by Pasveer, when one-on-one with the Vitesse keeper. Referee Serdar Gözübüyük pointed to the spot. The Mexican striker kept his wits about him and converted the resulting penalty, taking his goal scoring tally for the season to sixteen. Vitesse won a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Pereiro fouled Matus Bero in the box with a high-flying tackle, but the VAR intervened and no penalty was given. HT: 1-1.

Action-packed second half
Van Bommel made one change at half-time, bringing on Mohamed Ihattaren for Pereiro. Both teams had chances after the break and the game could go either way. Jeroen Zoet pulled off a reflex save to prevent Bergwijn from scoring an own goal and Luuk de Jong’s shot at the other end lacked precision when Pasveer had failed to collect a cross. Vitesse took the lead again on the hour mark. Martin Ødegaard beat Jeroen Zoet with a long-range swerving shot and PSV were made to chase the game once again: 2-1. Mark van Bommel’s mean showed resilience and Pablo Rosario found the back of the net but had his goal ruled out for offside. Luuk de Jong put PSV back on level terms on 70 minutes, tapping home Denzel Dumfries’ cross from the right at the far post: 2-2. Both teams went in search of a winner. A Vitesse corner was saved by Zoet but substitute Tim Matavz headed the rebound into the net: 3-2. PSV wasted two glorious chances to level for the third time. Lozano fired wide while Pasveer denied Dumfries with a point blank range. PSV rescued a point in the closing stages when they were awarded another penalty. Maikel van der Werff hacked down Lozano in the 90th minute and was sent off. Lozano stepped up again to level the score. FT: 3-3. PSV are back in action at the Phiips Stadion next Sunday for the visit of De Graafschap.