PSV U21 welcomed back Jeremy Antonisse into the match squad as they took on FC Emmen on Friday night. Ruud van Nistelrooy’s youngsters fought hard and showed character but suffered a 2-0 defeat at De Oude Meerdijk.
The match was played behind closed doors but several home fans made their presence count with a firework display outside the stadium. 19 minutes were on the clock when the hosts took the lead after Rui Mendes unleashed a long-range shot that sailed into the top corner of the net, beyond the reach of PSV U21 keeper Maxime Delanghe: 1-0. PSV U21 got into their rhythm and FC Emmen’s keeper pushed Mathias Kjølø’s effort away for a corner. At the other end, Nathan Markelo made a late goal line clearance to deny an FC Emmen forward. HT: 1-0.
Saibari went close
PSV U21 were the better team after the break and attacking midfielder Ismael Saibari came close to scoring an equaliser, but he just could not connect with a cross. Saibari saw a penalty appeal waved away by the referee. The home side doubled their lead in the 57th minute, when Reda Kharchouch slotted home: 2-0. PSV U21 tried to fight themselves back into the game but could not score a consolation goal, as they suffered their first defeat since October. FT: 2-0.
Delanghe, Markelo, Vos, Seelt, (79/Bahadir) Leysen; Kjølø, (79/Matuta) Colyn, Tielemans; (45/Bakayoko) Antonisse, (85/Comenencia) Saibari, (58/Nassoh) Touré.