PSV crash out of the KNVB Beker

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PSV crash out of the KNVB Beker

PSV crashed out of the KNVB Beker after a 2-0 defeat at bogey club NAC Breda on a disappointing Thursday night. It was still goalless at half time but Othmane Boussaid and Ivan Ilic’s found the net after the break to send the home fans into raptures.

Goalless at half time
PSV fielded a strong side with Nick Viergever starting at left back. They had the majority of possession and began to take charge early on with Mohammed Ihattaren going close but NAC Breda keeper Nick Olij made a save to deny him. First Division side NAC Breda, cheered by the home fans who were in good voice, looked to threaten on the counter and Arno Verschueren hit the bar. As the first half wore on the PSV forwards were stifled by some solid defending of the NAC Breda rearguard and failed to get any efforts on target.

NAC Breda take a 2-0 lead
PSV interim head coach Ernest Faber made one change at half-time, bringing on Sam Lammers for Ryan Thomas. Lammers, who had recovered from a long-term injury, led the attack, with Steven Bergwijn and Bruma providing support from the left and right wing, respectively. PSV, who had not been at their best in the first half, started the second half with more spirit but were dealt a huge blow when the hosts took the lead in the 55th minute. Othmane Boussaid, left unmarked, had his shot saved by Lars Unnerstall but simply tapped home the rebound: 1-0. PSV went in search of an equaliser and Steven Bergwijn forced Oly into a decent save four minutes later. Things went from bad to worse for PSV when Timo Baumgartl was given his marching orders for a late challenge on Boussaid on 61 minutes. Bruma made way for Ritsu Doan as ten-man PSV had no option but to attack.  NAC Breda used their pace to target the spaces behind the defence and they doubled the lead in the 74th minute. Ivan Ilic’s effort took a deflection, leaving Lars Unnerstall with no chance: 2-0. Ernest Faber’s men looked to restore some pride in the closing stages but failed to produce any goal threat.

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