PSV Eindhoven were made to pay for a poor first half as they were beaten 3-2 by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

doumbia cska psvPSV went into the game without key men Andres Guardado and Luuk de Jong, and the absence of the two leaders was evident in a first half that saw CSKA Moscow tear the Dutch side’s defence apart time after time, and go into the break 3-0 up.

After eight minutes CSKA took the lead through Musa, who slid the ball into the net from close range after PSV’s defence failed to clear a corner. On 20 minutes it was 2-0 as Seydou Doumbia was left totally unchallenged in the box to head in a cross after a sweeping team move, and the winger then netted a third ten minutes before the break from the penalty spot after Jeroen Zoet brought down Tosic.

Doumbia could have had a hat-trick before half time, but after being fouled in the box by Santiago Arias he blasted his second penalty of the evening over the bar.

PSV woke up in the second half and after Luciano Narsingh went close, Maxime Lestienne pulled one goal back for the away side as the winger slotted in from close range after Adam Maher found him at the back post.

On 67 minutes PSV made it 3-2 as Maher showed some fancy footwork on the edge of the area before teeing up Lestienne to fire into the top corner.

Phillip Cocu’s side pushed forward looking for the equaliser, but ten minutes before the end Santiago Arias was dismissed for a second yellow card. Despite having ten men PSV still created a good chance to equalise, but Gaston Pereiro fired Maher’s cross over the bar and CSKA Moscow held on for the win.

All three teams in the group are now level on three points after Manchester United beat Wolfsburg in tonight’s other tie. Next up for PSV is a trip to Wolfsburg at the end of October.

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