PSV also won its thirteenth competition match of the season, but for the first time the leader succeeded against an opponent from the top four. FC Twente, which had been undefeated in 24 home matches and also recently defeated national champion Feyenoord 2-1, was treated to a 3-0 defeat.
Peter Bosz’s team, for whom the job in Enschede seemed to be the first difficult challenge in the competition, took full advantage of the red card for Mees Hilgers halfway through the first half.
Bosz once again had Noa Lang at his disposal, who was sidelined for seven weeks with a hamstring injury, but the successful coach still opted for Hirving Lozano on the left in attack. Perhaps also out of superstition, because the Mexican was one of the goalscorers in PSV’s last victory in Enschede.
Since that 0-2 in the 2017/2018 season, the Eindhoven team has failed to do so four times in a row, including last season’s 2-1 defeat in De Grolsch Veste. FC Twente was fifth in the rankings when they won more than a year ago and PSV was fourth. How different was the situation on Saturday evening, which the hosts started without the injured Michel Vlap, an important link on the left flank.
The chess and testing in the first quarter of an hour did not create any dangerous situations for the goals, although PSV could call itself the superior party and failed to get more out of a slip on the Twente side.
In any case, the balance on the field came to an end numerically when Hilgers let the ball slip from his foot and his recovery work was at the expense of Lozano’s right foot. Allard Lindhout punished the flying tackle with a yellow card, but the referee was corrected by the VAR: red for the defender.
Twente coach Joseph Oosting restored the defense by replacing Sem Steijn, the Tukkers’ top scorer with eight competition goals, with Alec Van Hoorenbeeck. PSV immediately had some opportunities. For example, Joey Veerman, despite his injury sustained with the Dutch national team, left the match, and Lozano took aim at the enemy goal, but both times Lars Unnerstall responded adequately.
Razor sharp counter
Just before half time, the hosts succumbed to the steadily increasing pressure. Unnerstall had initially managed to deflect Luuk de Jong’s effort out of his goal, but after Twente striker Daan Rots had lost the ball up front while two teammates waited in vain for a pass, PSV launched a razor-sharp counter.
Via Johan Bakayoko, who found remarkably few defenders in his way, the ball came to Veerman who opened the score in Enschede with a controlled counter-attack: 0-1. A second big blow for the home team, in extra time of the first half.
However, the home team did not want to accept the seemingly inevitable course of events, given the passionate first minutes after the break. But all hopes were dashed when PSV’s fortune brought the margin to two. Lozano headed back Bakayoko’s cross at the far post, after which the ball slipped through the legs of the bewildered Unnerstall via Robin Pröpper’s head: 0-2.
Premier League record
The handbrake was promptly applied at PSV, which awaits even more tough matches in advance in the coming weeks, starting with away games at Sevilla (Wednesday in the Champions League) and Feyenoord (Sunday).
Bosz thought the time was ripe to give Lang some more playing minutes against the battle-weary opponent, a good fifteen minutes to be precise. The substitute had no part in the third goal of the evening. It was registered in the name of Bakayoko at the request of Veerman.
The 0-3 not only meant that PSV has now scored at least three times in twelve league matches in a row, it also won for the thirteenth time by at least two goals difference and that has never been seen before in the Premier League.
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