PSV Eindhoven are out of the Champions League after a 8-7 defeat on penalties to Atletico Madrid. The tie ended 0-0 after two legs.

ATLET PSVThe heroic 0-0 draw in Eindhoven had given PSV a slim glitter of hope heading into the second leg in Madrid, with Phillip Cocu hoping his 5-3-2 formation could frustrate Atletico Madrid and allow his side to hit on the counter attack.

In the first half PSV struggled to maintain possession but whenever Atletico breached the Dutch side’s back four, Jeroen Zoet was on hand to deny the Spaniards. The goalkeeper saved well from Griezmann twice as PSV reached the break unscathed.

After the break it was PSV who came closest to breaking the deadlock with Jurgen Locadia’s shot tipped onto the post before Luuk de Jong’s header on the rebound was blocked on the line. At the other end Zoet denied Griezmann again, and was on hand to push away a late effort from Fernando Torres as the game limped to extra time.

In the extra half hour PSV defended resolutely but late on Andres Guardado could have sealed victory, but after a good team move his chip landed over the bar. PSV’s defensive effort gained them a chance at penalties, and a place in the quarter finals was just in reach.

However, after seven successful penalties each, Luciano Narsingh, who was a late substitute for Luuk de Jong, smashed his spot kick onto the crossbar and Juanfran secured Atletico’s place in the last eight.

Absolute heartbreak for PSV, who now have to pick themselves up for the visit of Ajax to Eindhoven on Sunday in a crucial game in the Eredivisie title race.

admin (14306 Posts)

Follow @Footballoranje_ on Twitter