After levelling the score, PSV went in search of a winner against AS Monaco, but the visitors grabbed all three points with a 90th-minute goal. PSV head coach Roger Schmidt could not hide feelings of disappointment, speaking to the press after the game.
‘Hard to swallow’
After conceding an early opening goal, PSV found their rhythm and put on a fine display. It made the defeat hard to accept, thought Schmidt. “It’s a painful defeat. We didn’t do badly at all and delivered a fine second-half performance. We know there is room for improvement but we’ve certainly had our moments. We pressed well high up the pitch, had many shots on target but scored only one goal. This is hard to swallow. There’s only one remedy: win the return leg in Monaco.”
‘We still have a chance to progress’
“It is extremely disappointing to concede a last-minute goal”, admitted Marco van Ginkel. “AS Monaco created some fine chances on the counter in the first half but we were looking to score the winning goal after the break. Things went wrong in the last minute. This is too bad. But we have three games to go and still have chances to progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League”, concluded PSV’s captain.