PSV were held to a 1-1 draw by LASK Linz in their third Europa League Group D encounter in the Philips Stadion on Thursday night. They created plenty of chances, but could not convert them. LASK goalkeeper Alexander Schlager kept his side in the game with a string of fine saves. PSV’s final ball lacked precision and Daniel Schwaab was unlucky to hit the woodwork twice.
PSV create four chances, but still goalless at half time
PSV head coach Mark van Bommel made three changes, bringing on Daniel Schwaab, Érick Gutiérrez and Cody Gakpo. PSV started full of confidence and created four chances in an entertaining first quarter of the match. Steven Bergwijn found Pablo Rosario who had his shot smothered by a defender. LASK goalkeeper Alexander Schlager got down well to deny Cody Gakpo and Daniel Schwaab came close when he headed Mohamed Ihattaren’s corner against the bar. Bergwijn was unstoppable at times and went down in the box in the 21st minute after a challenge but English referee Chris Kavanagh waved play on. PSV dominated first-half proceedings but failed to convert their dominance into goals. The visitors from Austria fought their way back into the match but could not create any chances of note, so it was still goalless at half time.
Still goalless at the final whistle
The second continued in much the same vein. PSV enjoyed the bulk of possession and had chances. Bergwijn was played clean through but one-on-one with Schlager, the goalkeeper kept his composure and made a save to deny PSV’s man up-front. Daniel Schwaab was really unlucky on 62 minutes to see his header from a well-taken free kick by Ihattaren bounce off the underside of the bar. Gakpo saw an effort deviated by a defender and the ball went inches wide of the post, while Gakpo just could not connect with an inviting cross frlom Ihattaren and a defender got down low to block Ihattaren’s shot. At the other end, Raguz had a goal scoring opportunity but sent his effort over the bar. Bruma replaced Ritsu Doan on 74 minutes. Gakpo made way for Mitroglou and Ryan Thomas came on for Ihattaren as PSV went in search of a winner. They threw everything forward but could not make the breakthrough they deserved. LASK felt relived to have conceded no goal, while PSV were left frustrated after they were rewarded for their hard work with only one point. PSV are still top of Group D , with seven points from three games. Sporting are second with six points following a 1-0 win over Rosenborg in the other Group D match. PSV will be back in Europa League action on Thursday 7 November when they travel to Austria to face LASK in the return leg.