PSV booked the second victory of the season in the Eredivisie on Sunday. The Eindhoven team were too strong for Heracles Almelo in stadium Erve Asito, 0-2.
Steven Bergwijn opened the score in the first half on behalf of the team of coach Mark van Bommel. After the break, young Mohammed Ihattaren decided the match with his first goal for PSV.
The visitors seemed to be on their way to 0-2 in the first half, but on the recommendation of the VAR, referee Jochem Kamphuis returned to his decision to give PSV a penalty.
Thanks to the victory in Almelo, PSV is on seven points from three games, which puts it on the same level as Ajax, AZ, Vitesse, FC Utrecht and Sparta Rotterdam. Ajax leads on goal difference. Heracles gets stuck at one point.
PSV will play at home against the Cypriot Apollon Limassol on Thursday in the play-offs of the Europa League. The return follows a week later and again three days after that RKC Waalwijk-PSV is on the program.
PSV starts better than Thursday
With the young Ihattars and Cody Gakpo in the base, as substitutes for the absent Bruma and Hirving Lozano, PSV started playing against Heracles a little more convincing than on Thursday in the disappointing European duel with Haugesund (0-0).
The first chance was for Heracles, but in the future Gakpo, Bergwijn and Donyell Malen created danger. It turned out to be the prelude to a lead, because after fifteen minutes PSV was hit.
Bergwijn got the space to pull out from about 20 meters away and passed Heracles-keeper Janis Blaswich. The attacker's goal led to confidence in PSV, which became easier to combine.
Nevertheless, the people of Eindhoven escaped a few times behind. Goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet saved with a nasty shot by Teun Bijleveld and Silvester van der Water was in a promising position too laconic.
Five minutes before the break, the decision seemed to fall in Erve Asito, when arbitrator Kamphuis pointed to the spot after hands of Navajo Bakboord. Bergwijn was already ready to take the penalty, but after interference from the VAR, Kamphuis reversed his decision.
Ihattars in an illustrious list
In the second half, Heracles initially went in good spirits to find the equalizer, but the team of coach Frank Wormuth soon got a new blow.
The seventeen-year-old Ihattaren finished on the instructions of the three-year-older Gakpo and thus made his first goal in PSV's main force. After Piet Giesen, Zakaria Labyad, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Ismaïl Aissati, Ihattaren is the youngest scorer ever in the 24-time national champion.
The goal turned out to be Heracles' neck blow, that it was still tried from time to time, but never made the game really exciting. PSV, which ended with no fewer than seven yellow cards, was able to save power for the confrontation with Apollon Limassol on Thursday.
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