PSV progress to the third qualifying round

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PSV progress to the third qualifying round

PSV sealed progress to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League after a 2-1 win over Galatasaray SK in Istanbul on Wednesday night, thanks to goals from Madueke and Van Ginkel either side of the break.

Even start
After a relative even start in the Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadion, PSV gradually became the better team. Cody Gakpo and Noni Madueke were a constant threat on the flanks while at the other end PSV goalkeeper Joël Drommel was hardly tested. Gakpo rounded two defenders but saw his goal-bound effort blocked.

Fighting spirit
Centre-back André Ramalho made his mark as leader of the defence. Showing great fighting spirit and keeping his calm, he twice cleared a corner and always found a PSV team mate when closed down by Galatasaray forwards. Captain Marco van Ginkel sent an effort on target but his shot was deflected. PSV took the lead in the 37th minute. Galatasaray keeper Fernando Muslera punched the ball away to Noni Madueke who unleashed a low first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area that took a deflection: 0-1. PSV had a five-goal advantage and were virtually certain of having reached the next stage.

Van Ginkel doubled the lead
The hosts were facing a tall task after the break, with PSV continuing their pressing game. They did not lean back and worked hard to double their lead in Istanbul. Eran Zahavi forced Muslera into a fingertip reflex save but the keeper was left with no chance in the 59th minute. Midfielder Marco van Ginkel popped up at the near post to apply a wonderful finish to Mario Götze’s inch-perfect cross: 0-2.

Down to ten men in the closing stages
PSV were cruising to a comfortable victory but were reduced to ten men in the 74th minute, when French defender Olivier Boscagli was sent off for a second yellow card. Galatasaray made use of their numerical advantage when Mbaye Diagne scored a fine consolation goal for the home side with seven minutes remaining. Roger Schmidt’s men earned a commanding 7-2 victory on aggregate over their Turkish opponents and will now face Midtjylland in the Philips Stadion next Tuesday.