Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over 10-man VVV Venlo

Phillip Cocu made changes after the shock 5-0 defeat to Willem II last weekend with Hirving Lozano returning the starting eleven along with Jorrit Hendrix. Gaston Pereiro dropped to the bench, while Derrick Luckassen was suspended. For VVV, striker Lennart Thy was missing and the crowd paid tribute to the striker, who was giving blood to try and save the life of a Leukaemia patient, by applauding in the 11th minute.

The Philips Stadion expected a response from the league leaders after last weekend but they didn’t get it in the first half, with PSV missing several chances to break the deadlock. Lozano looked rusty on his return from suspension while Lars Unnerstall made two great saves to deny Luuk de Jong.

VVV looked dangerous from counter-attack’s and set pieces and early into the second half they had a great chance to net but Romeo Castelen had the ball nicked from him at the last minute before he could strike from close range.

On 58 minutes, VVV were reduced to ten-men as Ralf Seuntjens saw his second yellow card for a foul on Jorrit Hendrix. With the man advantage, PSV eventually took the lead through Marco van Ginkel on 68 minutes, who nodded in a corner at the back post.

Steven Bergwijn then set up Lozano to make it 2-0 on 83 minutes before Van Ginkel added a third from the penalty spot after De Jong was fouled.

The win moves PSV back to ten points ahead of Ajax, who travel to Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday. VVV are 12th.




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