PSV made it three wins out of three with a victory at Vitesse. Ernest Faber’s team came from behind to claim a hard-fought 2-1 win. After a goalless first half Tim Matavz opened the scoring. Lammers levelled from the spot and Gakpo scored the winner in the GelreDome on Sunday afternoon.
Still goalless at the break
The retractable roof of the GelreDome was closed because of the bad weather as Vitesse got the game underway. The game started slowly but the home side began to take charge with Oussama Tannane and Tim Matavz going close. Neither side were managing to gain any level of superiority or create chances in a rather uneventful first half, with most of the play confined to the midfield. Érick Gutiérrez was summoned off the bench on 34 minutes to replace Jorrit Hendrix who had sustained an injury. Armando Obispo, on loan from PSV, was the first player to go into the referee’s book for a reckless challenge on Sam Lammers. PSV had rarely threatened while Vitesse had two chances to break the deadlock on the stroke of half time, but Matavz fired over the bar and Obispo sent his header wide.
Matavz slots home the opener- Lammers equalises from the spot- Gakpo puts PSV ahead
Vitesse put pressure on the PSV defence and went ahead five minutes after the restart when Tim Matavz capitalised on some sloppy defending: 1-0. PSV responded well and were awarded a penalty on 59 minutes. Obispo committed a foul on Dumfries and referee Danny Makkelie pointed to the spot. Sam Lammers showed great composure, converting the spot kick, sending former PSV keeper Remko Pasveer the wrong way: 1-1. PSV went close to taking the lead one minute later when Cody Gakpo hit the bar. Seven minutes before he made way to Bruma, Gakpo found the back of the net from the edge of the penalty area to put PSV ahead for the first time, superbly curling the ball home into the far corner of the net in the 63rd minute: 2-1. Vitesse did not want to throw in the towel and Lars Unnerstal had to be alert to deny the Vitesse forwards. Ritsu Doan was introduced for Mohamed Ihattaren in the 87th minute. The hosts threw men forward in the frantic closing stages and PSV survived a huge scare when Matavz skewed an effort wide, but eventually held on for a priceless win. PSV will return to league action on Sunday 1 March when they host Feyenoord in the Philips Stadion.