PSV closed the calendar year with a big victory over VVV-Venlo.

The Eindhoven team was 0-1 behind in the Philips Stadium, but won 4-1.

After Jafar Arias' goal in the 22nd minute, VVV could hope for a stunt, although Philipp Max scored 1-1 from the penalty spot thirteen minutes later.

In the second half, PSV quickly put things in order by hits by Olivier Boscagli and Cody Gakpo, after which substitute Adrian Fein put the 4-1 final score on the scoreboard just before time.

Because of the victory, PSV is level with Eredivisie leader Ajax after fourteen games, but the team from Amsterdam will still play against Willem II on Wednesday.

Moreover, Ajax has a better goal difference (+42 to +21).

On January 10, at the resumption of the Eredivisie season, Ajax will be the first top match of the busy month of January against PSV.

Malen is missing from the PSV selection

It was striking that Donyell Malen against VVV was missing from PSV's match selection.

The attacker had some physical complaints from Saturday's encounter with RKC Waalwijk and was not recovered in time.

With Noni Madueke instead of Malen, PSV's game left much to be desired before the break against the Venlo low flyer.

In fact, VVV surprisingly took the lead after 22 minutes.

Vito van Crooij gave in and Arias made it 0-1.

It took thirteen minutes for PSV to repair the damage and it needed a penalty for that.

After a foul by Christian Kum on Madueke, the ball hit the spot and Max convincingly shot the 1-1 on the scoreboard.

That was also the halftime score.

Ihattaren is injured

In the second PSV took revenge for the mediocre game before half time.

Schmidt's team pursued a lead and after four minutes it was actually 2-1.

Boscagli headed in a corner from Max.

The home team then continued to attack.

Madueke passed to Gakpo and he shot cool, hard and diagonally into the 3-1.

With that, the last bit of tension was out of the game and PSV could finish the game quietly.

There was another goal and that came in the last minute in the name of substitute Fein, after Madueke was the principal again.

The blemish on PSV's victory was that Mohamed Ihattaren could not finish the match.

He went to the side in the 56th minute due to physical problems.

View the results, the program and the position in the Eredivisie