With temperatures dropping to four degrees below zero, AZ U21 hosted their PSV counterparts on Monday night. The teams were well-matched in the first half but after the break the hosts scored two goals in quick succession. Cody Gakpo reduced the deficit for Dennis Haar’s team.
400 fans had defied the bitter cold to watch the game between the two reserve teams at AZ’s training ground. PSV U21 started well and Donyell Malen, Cody Gakpo as well as Ramon Pascal Lundqvist had chances to open the scoring. The best chance of the first half fell to AZ U21. A long ball was played in the path of Ferdy Druijff, but the striker sent his effort just wide of the post. HT:0-0.
Two goals in quick succession
The game was turned upside down after the break when the home side scored two goals within five minutes. Jacobs lifted the ball over the advancing PSV U21 goalkeeper Yanick van Osch four minutes into the second half and two minutes later Reijnders capitalised on some sloppy defending: 2-0. PSV U21 were made to chase the game and coach Dennis Haar sent on Kenneth Verreth on 70 minutes to bolster his attack. Cody Gakpo reduced the deficit for PSV U21 in the 72nd minute. PSV threw men forward but AZ goalkeeper Olij made a string of saves, which helped AZ U21 to secure three points. PSV suffered a 2-1 defeat, just like they did in this season’s corresponding fixture at De Herdgang training ground..
PSV U23 line-up
Van Osch, Van Vlerken (82/Laursen), Teze (68/Verreth), Obispo, Carolina, Rigo (88/Piroe), Malen, Rosario, Lammers, Lundqvist, Gakpo