PSV win Super Cup after eight-goal thriller

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PSV win Super Cup after eight-goal thriller

PSV have won the Johan Cruyff Shield (the Dutch Super Cup) for the thirteenth time after an entertaining, eight-goal thriller in Amsterdam on Saturday evening. Ruud van Nistelrooij’s side got their campaign off to a perfect start as they registered a 5-3 victory against Eredivisie champions Ajax.

Guus Til strikes twice
The Amsterdam outfit dominated the early opening exchanges and took the lead in the 15th minute. Former PSV winger Steven Bergwijn created some space before firing a curled effort that flew into the top corner of the net, beyond the reach of Walter Benítez: 1-0. PSV restored parity from their first meaningful chance in the 32rd minute. Cody Gakpo sent in an inch-perfect cross from the left and Guus Til got ahead of his marker to produce a glancing header that went home: 1-1. Guus Til put PSV ahead in injury-time of the first period with a carbon copy goal, after Gakpo and Til had missed chances to find the back of the net. HT: 1-2

Action-packed second half
The second half was an action-packed, physical affair with lots of goals. Antony leveled for Ajax nine minutes after the break  but at the other end Ajax goalkeeper Jay Gorter failed to gather an effort from Armando Obispo and Cody Gakpo comfortably tapped home the rebound in the 65th minute: 2-3.  Four minutes later, PSV took a two-goal advantage when Til was lucky to complete a hat-trick after he saw his shot take a huge deflection off Edson Álvarez, leaving Gorter with no chance: 2-4.

PSV see off 10-man Ajax
Kudus gave the home side fresh hope in the Johan Cruyff Arena, which was filled to capacity, with a fine, low drive in the 72nd minute: 3-4. Substitute Calvin Bassey was sent off in the 78th minute for a wild challenge and PSV made their numerical advantage count in the closing stages. Xavi Simons played a neat one-two with Joey Veerman and rounded the goalkeeper before coolly finishing, sending the away end into raptures again: 2-5. PSV lifted the Dutch Super Cup and will now turn their attention to Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League qualifying game away at AS Monaco.

PSV line-up
Benítez, Hoever (Ramalho/62),Teze, Obispo, Max, Sangaré, Til (Gutiérrez/73),  Veerman, Bakayoko (Saibari/62), Gakpo (Simons/73), L.de Jong (Ledezma/89)