PSV’s chances of progressing to the Europa League knock-out stages were hugely dented after they suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat against LASK Linz in the Linzer Stadion on Thursday evening. Daniel Schwaab’s 4th-minute penalty put PSV ahead, but Ranftl, Frieser and Klauss netted four second-half goals to secure an emphatic win on a night to forget.
Daniel Schwaab puts PSV ahead
PSV, in their black and orange away kit, got off to a perfect start. Four minutes were on the clock when Denzel Dumfries sent in a cross from the right. James Holland raised his arm but handled the ball on the edge of the area and referee Radu Petrescu pointed to the spot. Daniel Schwaab stepped up to duly convert the penalty: 0-1. The hosts immediately went in search of an equaliser. They saw most of the ball and threw everything forward, but could not create any chances of note. Raguz sent a header wide and Michorl, trying his luck from long range, fired just over the bar. PSV survived a scare on 38 minutes, but Érick Gutiérrez kept his calm and made a goal line clearance. PSV had little to offer, so Schwaab’s converted penalty separated the two teams when the half-time whistle went.
PSV concede four second-half goals
LASK Linz had a fine chance five minutes after the restart. Trauner planted a firm header from a corner and Jeroen Zoet made a reflex save before Cody Gakpo hacked the ball away. It was coming and Reinhold Ranftl put the home side back on level terms in the 56th minute. Zoet got a hand to his powerful shot but could not keep it out of the net 1-1. Dumfries shot across the face of goal but PSV were overrun. A third goal line clearance was made before LASK Linz took the lead when Frieser capitalised on some sloppy defending: 2-1. Youngster Amar Catic came off the bench to replace Ritsu Doan. Bruma came close for PSV but, one-on-one with Schlager, the Austrian goalkeeper made a save to deny the Portuguese striker. It was virtually game over in the 78th minute when LASK started a counter attack. Substitute Klauss had time and space to slot home: 3-1. The hosts were ruthless and Klauss headed home his second goal in quick succession on 82 minutes: 4-1.
PSV are now in third place in Group D. They will be back in Europa League action on Thursday, 28 November, when they face Sporting CP.