PSV have spilled points for the third time this season. Heracles Almelo proved to be too strong for head coach Phillip Cocu’s men on home soil: 2-1. It’s PSV’s first defeat of the season and their first ever in Almelo.
Sublime start not enough for PSV
PSV started the game in superb fashion. Luuk de Jong beat the Heracles goalkeeper just two minutes into the match. Maxime Lestienne set up the PSV captain, who headed home from close range: 0-1. PSV opted against really pushing for a second goal, though. The Eindhoven side got some small chances, but lacked the desire that the hosts showed, even if Heracles mainly threatened via long-range strikes. It was therefore not much of a surprise that their equaliser was a long-range shot as well. The PSV defence was unable to clear the ball in the 39th minute and Mark-Jan Fledderus picked up the loose ball before finding the top corner. The equaliser proved to be a major boost for the home side and they poured even more salt in PSV’s wounds in the dying stages of the first half. Thomas Bruns got all the time and space he needed to beat Jeroen Zoet from just outside the area and make it 2-1.
Lack of attacking prowess results in first defeat of the season
Adam Maher should have levelled the scoring immediately after the interval. The midfielder got a huge chance from about 10 yards out, but he rushed his shot and aimed wide. Many expected PSV to pin the hosts back in their own half and try to force the equaliser, but that never happened. Cocu’s men did dominate possession, but failed to create many chances of note until the 80th minute. Héctor Moreno got a good opportunity to restore parity after substitute Gastón Pereiro’s sublime cross, but his header ended up in Castro’s arms. PSV then started hitting long balls toward their attackers, but never really came close to an equaliser again. Heracles thus move four points clear in the Eredivisie table.