The minute of silence for the late football legend Diego Maradona (60) had barely ended, when PSV had already suffered a setback. A badly cleared cross ended up at PAOK’s Christos Tzolis: 0-1.
In the 9th minute, Donyell Malen seemed to score for the 1-1, but his goal was canceled due to offside. At least. That’s how the assistant referee saw it, because the PSV attacker was anything but offside. There, the team from Eindhoven had a goal drilled through the nose.
Within fifteen minutes things got worse for Schmidt’s team. A clever ball from Stefan Schwab ended up at Tzolis, who scored his second goal of the evening: 0-2.
Still, PSV quickly did something in return. A long ball fell at the feet of Cody Gakpo, who scored the connection goal with a nice slider: 1-2. It gave the people of Eindhoven new impetus, because the thumbscrews were tightened. Both Malen and Denzel Dumfries were close to the equalizer.
PSV pressed and got chances, but could not pull the trigger for the 2-2. But after the tea break, Schmidt’s team needed very little time to turn everything around completely. PSV scored twice between the 51st and 53rd minute after fine attacks via Noni Madueke and Malen: 3-2.
Both teams then got chances, but PSV kept the three points and chance of wintering in Eindhoven this evening.
Dumfries: great how we fought back
PSV captain Denzel Dumfries was happy on Thursday with the willpower he saw in his team. The team from Eindhoven quickly faced a 2-0 deficit in the Europa League match against PAOK Saloniki, but thus still won 3-2.
“It’s great how we were able to turn this around. That’s a good thing, ”said Dumfries, who found it difficult to explain the bad start. “We gave away both PAOK goals unnecessarily. I felt from the start that we were better and that we had a grip on the game. ”
Shortly after the 0-1, a goal by Donyell Malen was wrongly disallowed for offside. “It was incredible that that goal was rejected, I thought that at the time,” said Dumfries. “We stayed calm and showed after the break that we are better. We deserve this match. ”
Schmidt proud and relieved after winning PAOK
PSV coach Roger Schmidt was satisfied on Thursday with the way in which PSV presented itself in the Europa League match against PAOK Saloniki. After two early goals against, the team from Eindhoven won 3-2. “I am proud, but also relieved,” said Schmidt.
The victory was necessary for PSV. “It is an important goal for us to play European football next year. This was a very tough match, especially after those goals from PAOK. We then showed how much we want to stay in this competition ”, Schmidt continued. “The difference between the first and second half was big. After the break we played more as a team. I have seen a good team spirit. ”
Schmidt left Mohamed Ihattaren out of his selection and he will do so again on Sunday against Sparta. Mohamed was exhausted after the match against Twente. This may have to do with the fact that he was ill earlier this month. It is my job as a trainer to take a good look at this and to treat him carefully. ”
Granada strengthens the lead in PSV group
The Spanish football club Granada has consolidated the first place in the Europa League in group E, the PSV group. Granada defeated Omonia Nicosia 2-1. Alberto Soro scored the winning goal in the 73rd minute.
Granada took the lead early on through Colombian striker Luis Suárez. Ernest Asante, a substitute for the Cypriots, equalized the score after an hour of play. Thanks to Soro, Granada came on 10 points from four games.
PSV climbed to second place with 6 points with the win at PAOK, the Greeks have 5. Next week PSV will take on the leader in Spain. Granada won 2-1 in Eindhoven in October.