PSV Eindhoven have fallen behind Ajax after suffering their first defeat in the Eredivisie this season. Utrecht defeated Mark van Bommel’s side that was down to nine-men 3-0.

PSV headed into the international break full of confidence and could welcome Mohamed Ihattaren back into the starting eleven after the death of his father.

The Utrecht crowd paid a special tribute to the 17-year-old midfielder in the 24th minute, which was the highlight of a poor first half that saw neither side create any real chances.

Four minutes into the second half, Utrecht took the lead when Sander van de Streek strode forward before he fired towards goal. His strike deflected off Timo Baumsgartl and flew past a rooted Jeroen Zoet.

The goal woke PSV up and they pushed looking for an equaliser, Donyell Malen went close, while Ritsu Doan was also a constant thorn in the Utrecht defence. However, PSV were reduced to ten men in the 68th minute when Viergever was shown red for a late challenge on Bart Ramselaar.

Six minutes later, Jorrit Hendrix was also shown a straight red via VAR after another late tackle.

From that point there was only going to be one winner and in the 82nd minute, Adam Maher fired a strike from distance past Zoet to make it 2-0. The former PSV midfielder celebrated his goal with delight.

In injury time, Sean Klaiber added a third to condemn PSV to a first league defeat, which means they are three points behind Ajax. Utrecht are now 5th.




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