After being held to a goalless draw by FC Sion, PSV suffered defeat against OGC Nice in their second pre-season friendly on Swiss soil on Sunday. The team that finished the French Ligue 1 in seventh place last season proved to be too strong with a close 3-2 win over Mark van Bommel’s side.
PSV started well
PSV started well, immediately put pressure on the player in possession and created chances. They deservedly took the lead through Sam Lammers who latched unto Pablo Rosario’s long ball before creating some space and slotting home. PSV were the better side and Cody Gakpo came close to doubling the lead when Steven Bergwijn cut the ball back into the path of the forward. OGC Nice’s equaliser through Ihsan Sacko came out of the blue and things did not get any better for PSV when Allan Saint-Maximin put the French ahead. HT: 2-1
No clear-cut chances
Neither team succeeded in creating any clear-cut chances after the break. Yet OGC Nice took a two-goal advantage when Racine Koly headed home from a corner. Joël Piroe pulled one back for PSV in the dying seconds. FT: 3-2. Summer signings Ibrahim Afellay, Bruma and Toni Lato did not feature in Sunday’s pre-season friendly.
PSV will fly back to Eindhoven on Sunday evening and play Greek side Aris Saloniki in another pre-season friendly on Friday.
PSV line-up – first half
Zoet, Dumfries, Luckassen, Viergever, Theunissen, Rosario, Lammers, Hendrix, Bergwijn, Malen, Gakpo
PSV line-up – second half
Ruiter, Dumfries (60' Ramselaar), Luckassen (60' Teze), Viergever (60' Soulas), De Haas, Sadílek, Lammers (60' Ihattaren) Hendrix (60' Verreth), Bergwijn (70' Rosario), Piroe, Gakpo (70' Malen)