PSV extended their unbeaten run at home to 54 league games after a 4-1 victory against VVV-Venlo in the Philips Stadion on Sunday afternoon. At half-time it was still goalless, but PSV ran riot after the break, when the three Netherlands internationals Berghuis, Dumfries and Maken (2) got their name on the score sheet for PSV in the second half. Pachonik pulled one back for the visitors.
Still goalless at half time
The crowd observed an impressive minute’s silence before kick-off in tribute to the father of Mohamed Ihattaren who has passed away. PSV saw most of the ball in the early opening exchanges but the first chance of the game fell to VVV. Pachonik fed Wright who sent his effort straight at keeper Robbin Ruiter. At the other end, left back Michal Sadílek broke into the area and VVV Venlo goalkeeper Thorsten Kirschbaum had to stretch to full length to push his shot away in the 18th minute. PSV put pressure on the visitors from Venlo who kept many players behind the ball and Dumfries and Gutiérrez just failed to connect with some inviting crosses. The home fans started to applaud in the 24st minute to hearten Mohamed Ihattaren who wears the No 24 shirt. PSV worked hard but failed to slice open the visitors’ compact defence. HT: 0-0.
PSV’s internationals run riot in the second half
VVV-Venlo also parked the bus after the restart and PSV worked hard and moved forward once again in order to finally break the deadlock. Mark van Bommel made his first change on minutes, bringing on for Cody Gakpo for Bruma in the 56th minute. VVV looked to threaten on the counter attack and former PSV player Peter van Ooijen had a shot blocked on 59 minutes. PSV needed a touch of genius to make the breakthrough. Steven Bergwijn started a mazy solo run on the hour mark before coolly applying the perfect finish: 1-0. Bergwijn was also involved in PSV’s second goal five minutes later. A corner was half cleared and Denzel Dumfries headed home Bergwijn’s inch-perfect cross: 2-0. And PSV wanted more. Donyell Malen, the leading Eredivisie top scorer, took his tally for the season to nine. Gakpo sent PSV’s striker clean through and Malen did not hesitate, blasting home PSV’s third goal of the afternoon: 3-0. VVV-Venlo were hanging on the ropes but pulled a great goal back in the 73rd minute when Tobias Pachonik beat Ruiter with a volley: 3-1. Doan made way for Mitroglou ten minutes from time and Ryan Thomas made his long awaited return from injury when he came on for Erick Gutierrez. Bergwijn, who put in a convincing display, fed Malen who prodded home once again in the 86th minute. FT: 4-1.