PSV Eindhoven were far from their best again on Sunday evening but they managed to defeat Heracles 2-0 in Almelo.

Mark van Bommel came under criticism after his side’s poor 0-0 draw with Haugesund on Thursday night. For the trip to Almelo, the coach was without Bruma and decided to start with Mohammed Ihattaren on the right-wing, with Steven Bergwijn as the number ten.

Bergwijn was given too much space by the Heracles defence and in the 17th minute, the attacker netted the opening goal. Bergwijn spun past his marker in midfield before he fired an unstoppable drive past Janis Blaswich from distance.

PSV failed to take control after the opener and Heracles started to create chances. Jeroen Zoet denied Teun Bijleveld before Silvester van der Water missed a massive chance for the hosts.

Before the break, PSV were awarded a penalty for a handball in the box, but the decision was overturned by VAR.

In the second half, PSV dominated possession without threatening until the 58th minute when Ihattaren found the bottom corner with a well-placed strike to make it 2-0.

PSV then cruised to the end of the game with Heracles unable to threaten a comeback.

Van Bommel’s side move onto seven points and are joint top while Heracles have one after three games. On Thursday, PSV host Apollon Limassol in the Europa League.

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