PSV promisingly kicked off the 2021/2022 season on Wednesday night. In an atmospheric Philips Stadium, the Eindhoveners take a big step to the next Champions League preliminary rounds: the Turkish Galatasaray must be 5-1 (!) to make good defeat, partly thanks to an Eran Zahavi hattrick.
Trainer Roger Schmidt set up four newcomers with Joël Drommel, Philipp Mwene, André Ramalho and prodigal son Marco van Ginkel, including Jordan Teze, Davy Pröpper, Mohamed Ihattaren and Cody Gakpo on the bench. They saw the Philips Stadium explode for a first time after a minute and a half. Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera clunningly played the ball and Zahavi punished it: 1-0.
The Eindhoven storm fell in the course of the first half, but PSV remained the parent party. After half an hour, the margin doubled. Mario Götze found Noni Madueke after a quick attack, the Englishman laid wide and Zahavi was able to slip in his second: 2-0. Just before rest, the home crowd fell silent after Galatasaray‘s unexpected connection strike. Born Breda to Ömer Bayram gave in front of the left and Emre Kilinç skillfully headed the ball past Drommel.
However, PSV was not dismissed and quickly did business in the second half. Zahavi took care of the assist this time: the Israel striker delivered the ball with a subtle foot movement at Götze, which left Muslera no chance. The raided Gakpo left a chance on the 4-1, PSV escaped in the event of a sparing Galatasaray outage from an opponent. In the final phase, the home crowd could still be cheered: after a misunderstanding in the defense of Cim Bom Bom, the ball fell for Zahavi, who played Muslera and perfect his hat trick.
And that didn‘t even make the cake up yet. The grabbing Muslera promoted a harmless Götze header just before time to own goal: 5-1. PSV may lose with a margin of three goals during the return in Istanbul. If Schmidt’s team succeeds, Celtic or FC Midtjylland will be waiting in the next Champions League heat.