PSV Eindhoven have scraped through to the next round of the Europa League after being held to a 0-0 draw by Haugesund in the Philips Stadion. They progressed 1-0 on aggregate.

PSV struggled in Norway last week but managed to escape with a 1-0 victory thanks to a Steven Bergwijn penalty. They went into the second leg without Hirving Lozano, who is close to joining Napoli. Cody Gakpo replaced the Mexican.

Haugesund as expected sat deep and PSV struggled to find a way through the visitors defence. In the 33rd minute, Donyell Malen got a great chance when he was played in on goal by Bruma but he put his shot wide. Haugesund goalkeeper Helge Sandvik then denied Bergwijn before the break.

Mark van Bommel was forced into a change before the second half with Denzel Dumfries going off with a knock and Jordan Teze made his European debut.

In the second half, Gakpo and substitute Mohammed Ihattaren missed great opportunities to break the deadlock and that resulted in a nervy finish as Haugesund finally came out of their shell.

The Norwegian side should have taken the lead late on when Timo Baumgartl lost the ball in the box and Martin Samuelson set up Bruno Leite for what looked like a certain goal. However, his shot came back off the inside of the post.

In injury time, Haugesund threw Sandvik forward for a corner but PSV cleared and that allowed Bergwijn to race towards an empty goal. However, the wingers strike on goal lacked power and was cleared off the line.

The final whistle was met with relief around the Philips Stadion as PSV booked their place in the next round against Appolon Limassol. However, big questions need to be asked about PSV, who once again looked far from convincing on the pitch.




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