Ibrahim Afellay was sent off as PSV Eindhoven were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Twente in the Philips Stadion.

News broke just before the match that Steven Bergwijn had asked to sit out the game with Tottenham Hotspur interested in signing the winger. Sam Lammers came into the starting line-up along with Ibrahim Afellay, who made his first Eredivisie start since 2010.

The hosts dominated the opening half-hour but could not open the scoring. Mohammed Ihattaren put a good chance wide, while Denzel Dumfries fired over from the edge of the box.

Three minutes into the second half, Cody Gakpo got a great chance to break the deadlock when PSV broke three on one but the winger’s strike went wide.

On the hour mark, the hosts finally broke the deadlock when Dumfries slotted into the net after Joel Drommel could only parry an Afellay strike into his path.

It should have been 2-0 six minutes later when substitute Kostas Mitroglou spun in the box but his shot from point blank range was kept out by Drommel.

Twente were barely in the game but with 20 minutes left, Rafik Zekhnini suddenly found himself through on goal, but his effort was denied by Lars Unnerstall.

PSV were then reduced to ten-men with Afellay shown his second yellow card. Moments later, Gakpo could have made it 2-0 but his strike once again went wide of the post.

Twente then made PSV pay for that miss with Haris Vuckic finding the top corner with a fierce strike from the edge of the area.

PSV could have won the game in the last minute but Ritsu Doan’s strike was well kept out by Drommel.

The point means PSV are now fifth while Twente sits 13th.




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