The game with AS Monaco was like a roller coaster ride for PSV, but the people of Eindhoven get out of the cart laughing after a bumpy ride. In a bizarre match, PSV won 3-2 against Monaco after overtime. As a result, only Giovanni van Bronckhorst stands in the way of a Champions League ticket.
A week earlier, PSV and Monaco were already facing each other at Stade Louis II. Then the game ended in a 1-1 draw. The winner of the return in Eindhoven would thus secure a spot in the Champions League playoffs. PSV and Monaco started the game sloppy and restlessly. Both teams handed in a lot of balls. That also applied to Joey Veerman, but still the midfielder got up in the 21st minute.
Phillipp Mwene kept the overview on the right wing, which allowed him to reach Veerman. The youth international then did not hesitate and shot 1-0 against the ropes from about eleven meters. PSV clearly did the goal well, because after that, the number two in the Netherlands had its strongest phase in the match. PSV got chances, but failed to double the margin. At rest, it was therefore still 1-0.
PSV did not come out of the dressing room well: Monaco became more and more dangerous, Van Nistelrooij‘s team had to survive. At first, Monaco defender Guillermo Maripán headed the pole, five minutes later it was hit: after a corner, the ball stuck in PSV’s sixteen, from which the Chilean managed to take advantage of.
Van Nistelrooij then decided to intervene. The coach sent a number of fresh forces into the field, but that didn‘t help PSV get into the game better either. In fact, in the seventieth minute, Monaco captain Wissam Ben Yedder gave his team the lead. Érick Gutiérrez – just like against FC Emmen – led into the hit with a clumsy ball loss. Monaco then came out at lightning speed via a counter, Walter Benítez had no chance.
In the last twenty minutes, PSV took a risk in the hunt for the equaliser. That fell, too. Now Gutiérrez was the big hero: the Mexican headed the ball just before time behind goalkeeper Alexander Nübel. What followed was a joy explosion at the Philips Stadium and an extension. In those extra thirty minutes, Monaco again got the better chances, but it was PSV that made the coveted 3-2. Luuk de Jong nodded the ball against the ropes after a great cross by Jordan Teze.
PSV then had to do all the sails for another ten minutes to drag the profit out of the fire. With the help of the frantic fans, the team succeeded in that mission. As a result, PSV goes to the final heat of the Champions League, in which Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers will be the opponent. The first meeting is in a week.