PSV has increased the pressure on front runner Ajax a bit again. After the midweek misstep against AZ, the Eindhovenaren couldnt afford a new glimpse and achieved a spectacular victory on the hard to play field of Sparta (3-5).
Once accustomed to the winter conditions, PSV put things in order in a short time. Crucial were the well-played attacks from which Donyell Malen and Noni Madueke put a safe margin of two on the board shortly after rest.
PSV began very uneasy in the snow. The players preferred to start with the white ball, because the orange version looked smaller. Captain Pablo Rosario had lost his way with the poorly visible ball at his foot and delivered him to Bryan Smeets. The midfielder popped prunely through the inside of the pole touch.
Arbiter Bas Nijhuis about all the hassle around the game ball:
It took half an hour before PSV got some grip on the duel, stimulated by Mauro Juniors equalizer with the head.
Tears at Smeets
Winter weather also took its toll on two major players at that stage. Spartas goalscorer Smeets went after an unfortunate slide in tears from the field with an injury and PSVer Cody Gakpo did not make it to rest.
Check out the comments of the Spartan Bryan Smeets and his trainer Henk Fraser below:
After the goals of Malen and Madueke, Philipp Max also shot the 1-4 in the short corner from far away. Although Sparta came back in the final phase by a handsome shot by Danzell Gravenberch and a penalty by Reda Kharchouch, it didnt get exciting anymore.
With his second of the evening Malen put an end to all uncertainty. And so PSV can watch with three points in its pocket how the competitors Ajax and Feyenoord get it off on Sunday afternoon in their mutual confrontation.