Two goals early in the second half proved costly for PSV Eindhoven as they went down 2-0 against Wolfsburg.

dost wolf psAfter the first half horror show in Moscow three weeks ago which saw PSV 3-0 down before the break, Phillip Cocu called on his players to show less fear and more concentration at the start of games. The coach reinforced his midfield with the addition of Adam Maher instead of Jurgen Locadia, and his plan seemed to work in the first half as PSV frustrated Wolfsburg.

Jorrit Hendrix and Hector Moreno both made good interceptions to prevent Bas Dost from scoring early on, but as the first half went on it was PSV who were on top, and Adam Maher nearly netted with a header just before the break, while Naldo was lucky not to be punished for handling in the box.

PSV got through the first half unharmed but a loss of focus at the start of the second cost the Eindhoven club dearly. A minute after the break Jeroen Zoet pushed Max Kruse’s shot into the path of an unchallenged Dost, who had an easy finish for his first Champions League goal.

Andres Guardado and Davy Propper then saw shots come close to equalising, but on 57 minutes PSV’s defence stood off, and eventually Daniel Caligiuri sent a great ball into the box for Kruse to send a header past Zoet.

Kruse had an excellent chance to make it 3-0, but the attacker shot over from close range, while at the other end Jurgen Locadia was given the opportunity to pull one back from the penalty spot after being fouled by goalkeeper Diego Benaglio. However the goalkeeper made up for his error by saving Locadia’s spot kick.

The defeat means PSV go from top of the group to the bottom after CSKA Moscow and Manchester United drew in the group’s other game. PSV now need to record a win when Wolfsburg visit Eindhoven in two weeks if they are to keep their chances of reaching the knockout stage alive.

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