PSV have given themselves every chance of reaching the third qualifying round of the Champions League following an impressive 5-1 victory over Galatasaray SK in the Philips Stadion on Wednesday evening. Eran Zahavi put in a man-of-the-match performance with three goals and a superb assist. Mario Götze struck twice.
The atmosphere in the Philips Stadion was electrifying as PSV got off to a dream start. Two minutes were on the clock, when Eran Zahavi put PSV on top. Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera failed to clear a routine pass properly and Zahavi capitilised on the opportunity to send PSV 1-0 up. Yorbe Vertessen had a chance to double the lead just three minutes later but he fired wide. PSV did not stop pressing high up the pitch and conceded nothing.
Madueke was outstanding
Zahavi and Vertessen sent efforts on target, while André Ramalho saw an acrobatic bicycle kick blocked. Noni Madueke was a constant nuisance down the right flank to the Galatasaray defence. The young Englishman played a major role in PSV’s second goal in the 35th minute. He raced into the box and found Zahavi. The Israeli striker expertly slid the ball home at the far post after a slick team move. The visitors reduced the deficit in the 42nd minute, with Emre Kilinc, left unmarked, heading home. HT: 2-1.
PSV were not impressed and kept on dominating the game after the break. They restored a two-goal advantage six minutes into the second half with a phenomenal goal. Zahavi played Mario Götze clean through with a superb through ball and the German playmaker applied the perfect finish, firing the ball into the top corner of the net: 3-1. Van Ginkel made way for Cody Gakpo, who took over the captain’s armband in the 63rd minute. Gakpo, born and raised in Eindhoven, made an immediate impact and rounded a few defenders but was denied by a late clearance.
Zahavi completed hat-trick
Zahavi completed a hat-trick in the 84th minute, rounding Muslera before slotting home: 4-1. Götze made it five in the 88th minute. He was lucky a cross hit his shoulder and Muslear, who had a night to forget, pushed the ball into his own goal. PSV will defend their four-goal lead next Wednesday in the return leg in Istanbul.