PSV’s poor form continues as they were beaten 2-0 in Bulgaria by Ludogorets and heaps further pressure on under fire coach Phillip Cocu.

  • By Michael Bell
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bezjak aThe game took a while to get going, but PSV coming close to the opener just after the half hour mark, as Luciano Narsingh’s low shot just missed a sliding Jurgen Locadia, and went inches wide.

However on 38 minutes, the Bulgarian side had the lead, with Bezjak turning Karim Rekik inside-out before firing low past Jeroen Zoet, and although Santiago Arias was on the line he could not keep it out.

Things went from bad to worse for PSV 10 minutes into the second half, as Jeffrey Bruma was shown his 2nd yellow card for a tug on Bezjak, after the striker robbed him of the ball.

With ten men, PSV struggled to look for an equaliser, and came under immense pressure from the confident Bulgarian side, who began to shoot at will around the box.

On 79 minutes, Ludogorets sealed their win, but it was down to terrible defending from the Dutch side. A throw in resulted with Hendrix being nutmegged, Ola Toivonen being beaten far too easily on the right hand side, and when a cross entered the box, Bezjak was left in plenty of space by Zanka to slot into the corner.

The loss means PSV need to beat Chornomorets in the final group game, after the Ukrainian side registered a late victory over Dinamo Zagreb to move level on points with the Eindhoven side.

However it is now only one win in the last nine games for PSV, and they face a difficult trip to Rotterdam at the weekend to face Feyenoord. Take nothing away from a good Ludogorets performance, but PSV look a broken team at the moment.

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