PSV Eindhoven earned a precious 2-1 victory over Vitesse Arnhem in the Gelredome to bring themselves back into the race for the Champions League.

  • By Michael Bell
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depay 78After seven minutes PSV had the lead when Jurgen Locadia stole the ball from Vitesse keeper Piet Velthuizen, who missed the ball when trying to clear, and the striker had a simple tap in.

Vitesse equalised ten minutes later with Zakaria Labyad curling a terrific effort into the top corner from the edge of the box.

PSV keeper Jeroen Zoet then made a good stop from Labyad at one end, before Memphis Depay’s free kick was tipped onto the bar by Velthuizen.

On the half hour mark PSV were awarded a controversial penalty, when Jetro Willems went down in the box. Replay’s showed their was very little contact on the left back, while the referee looked like initially signalling a corner before pointing to the spot.

Memphis Depay’s spot kick was saved by Velthuizen, but the winger nodded into an empty net from Park ji Sungs cross on the rebound to make it 2-1.

After such a hectic first half, the second was a more scrappy affair, with neither side really creating any chances. The best chance for Vitesse to equalise fell to Valeri Qazaishvili, but the winger could only fire wide with the goal gaping.

PSV held on to move temporarily up to third, and they now only lie two points behind Vitesse in the race for a Champions League spot.

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