Hirving Lozano spared PSV Eindhoven’s blushes on Sunday as his late strike downed VVV Venlo 1-0 and kept his side clear at the top.

With PSV’s next game after the international break away to Ajax it was important for Mark van Bommel’s side to take all three points at VVV Venlo to maintain their lead over the Amsterdammers.

Hirving Lozano was reinstated the the line-up in place of Cody Gakpo while Michal Sadilek was preferred to Jorrit Hendrix in midfield.

PSV got the first big chance when Lozano set up Angelino but Lars Unnerstall denied the left back. The goalkeeper also made a fantastic save to deny Steven Bergwijn.

At the other end, VVV posed a threat and Jeroen Zoet had to be at his best to keep out a strike from former PSV midfielder Peter van Ooijen.

At the break, Van Bommel brought on Donyell Malen for the struggling Mohammed Ihattaren. PSV went searching for the lead but Unnerstall made a fingertip stop to keep out a Luuk de Jong header.

PSV pushed for the lead but struggled to create chances until the 85th minute. Lozano weaved to the edge of the box before sending a low strike into the bottom corner.

The last few minutes were nervy for PSV and Dumfries had to make a clearance on the line but they held on for a big three points.

PSV will go into the winter break at least two points ahead of Ajax, who play AZ later on Sunday. VVV are 11th.

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