PSV Eindhoven got their season off to a good start with a 3-1 win at Groningen as Arjen Robben’s return ended in disappointment.

The big story of the game was Arjen Robben’s return with the winger starting his first game since coming out of retirement. However, he only lasted 29 minutes before having to go off injured. He went straight down the tunnel and was visibly disappointed.

A few minutes later, PSV took the lead through Cody Gakpo, who created space before firing past Sergio Padt into the far corner. It was a lead that PSV had deserved with Roger Schmidt’s 4-2-2-2 formation causing Groningen problems from the start.

PSV goalkepeer Yvon Mvogo made a good save to deny Ramon Pascal Lundqvist’s strike just before the break. However, early in the second half, the goalkeeper’s pass to Jorrit Hendrix was poor and allowed Tomas Suslov, who replaced the injured Robben, to net the equaliser.

Groningen were only level for four minutes before Donyell Malen raced onto a through ball by Noni Madueke before firing past Padt to restore PSV’s lead.

Suslov had an effort cleared off the line before Malen hit the post at the other end. Malen should have made it 3-1 when PSV were awarded a penalty for a handball by Daniel van Kaam, but Padt saved from the forward.

That miss did not prove costly, though, as Gakpo netted his second and PSV’s third with a few minutes remaining.

A good start for PSV under Schmidt, but not the day that Groningen and their fans had been waiting for. News on the extent of Robben’s injury is now awaited.




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