A night to forget for AZ Alkmaar fans as PSV ran rampant in Eindhoven.


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The home side nearly found the net right away after De Jong found himself in the AZ box with the ball at his feet. After he lost his footing, the ball found it’s way to … who set up the incoming … who then fired wide. PSV looked comfortable in these opening exchanges and kept coming forward.

Towards the end of the opening 10 AZ started to move onto the front foot and began to control more of the game. Their pressure led to a well hit shot from Gudelj that went just wide.

However, after just 10 minutes, the hosts turned it around through a tantalising ball from Willems that was expertly latched onto by Luciano Narsingh and subsequently dispatched.

As PSV got on top, Josefzoon made a run past a consistently poorly positioned AZ defensive line but seemed to choke and couldn’t finish. It only took 3 minutes for another golden opportunity to surface though as a dangerous Willems cross was awkwardly parried by Rochet straight to Adam Maher who nodded the ball in easily.

The next 10 minutes or so saw more of the same and, while AZ weren’t bad when it came to pressing forward and organising their midfield, PSV looked like they were going to run rampant all game. With not long left in the first half a moment of absolute genius from Maher saw him beat 3 AZ players and then shoot way out of reach of the keeper to tie up the first half for PSV.

PSV continued in the same vein for the second half, but the visitors became more resilient.

Just after the restart there were 4 chances in 30 seconds for PSV after Florian Josefzoon hit the bar and then a triple save from Rochet denied Narsingh’s rebounded shots.

PSV continued to dominate for the rest of the game but couldn’t quite find as many routes through as they previously did. The reintroduction of right-back Mattias Johansson for the second half played a huge part in this as he worked to neutralise the threat of Jetro Willems who had a brilliant game

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