PSV Eindhoven were made to rue several missed chances as Nigel Hasselbaink’s injury time goal earned Excelsior a 1-1 draw in the Philips Stadion.

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psv excPSV got their title defence back on track before the international break when they beat Ajax 2-1 in Amsterdam, and they were expected to make short work of Excelsior on Saturday night.

However Excelsior frustrated the hosts from the start, and the team from Rotterdam created the better chances in the first half, but┬áDaryl van Mieghem and Tom van Weert weren’t precise enough with headers which flew straight at Jeroen Zoet.

Phillip Cocu had Luuk de Jong back on his bench after injury and the striker was sent for his warm up at the start of the second half, but just before his entry PSV finally had the lead. A swift counter attack saw Jurgen Locadia cut the ball across the box for Davy Propper to sweep the ball past Tom Muyters.

De Jong then entered the field and instantly went close with a shot that flew just over the bar, before PSV wasted chance after chance to kill Excelsior off. De Jong sent a shot wide, while Jeffrey Bruma saw a fierce free kick brilliantly saved by Muyters, who then denied Locadia and Andres Guardado.

PSV’s wastefulness was punished by Excelsior in injury time as Nigel Hasselbaink prodded Van Weert’s cross past Zoet at the front post to earn the Rotterdammers a shock point.

PSV rise to third in the table, but are now four points behind Ajax, while Excelsior remain 12th.

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