On Wednesday, PSV cut himself ugly in the fight for the title of the country. At home against AZ was lost by 1-3.
Although the Eindhovenaren on Sunday in the top with Ajax took a comfortable 0-2 lead and seemed to be on roses, the team of Roger Schmidt should now fear a considerable lag behind the leader from Amsterdam.
In the Johan Cruijff ArenA the last weekend finally became 2-2 and because of the zeperd against AZ, Ajax can even take a lead of four points during a victory visiting FC Twente on Thursday. Given the much better goal balance of Ajax (42 to 20) one can even speak of a possible difference of five points.
result of the victory,
AZ returns to the top of the leaderboard. The Alkmaarders, who spilled a lot of points in the early stages of the season, now have 31 points – three less than PSV – and are fifth. Last season‘s line, when all the top duels were won, was in any case continued.
Injury Cody Gakpo
Trainer Roger Schmidt started against AZ in almost the same setup as last Sunday. Only Cody Gakpo was missing. The attacker suffered an ankle injury in Amsterdam. He was replaced by Ryan Thomas.
In Eindhoven an identical scenario takes place in the first half as three days earlier in the Johan Cruijff ArenA: even now the away team took a 0-2 lead. But this time it was PSV itself that had to fight back.
Teun Koopmeiners took care of the 0-1 in the 31st minute from eleven meters, the AZ captain shot flawless after a clumsy action by PSV goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo. RB Leipzig’s mercenary took down Myron Boadu in a place where the AZ striker could never become dangerous.
Eight minutes later the guests doubled the score and again it was Koopmeiners who just found it. This time with a beautiful ball with outside left from a corner. The midfielder saw his stake pardoes fall into the far corner behind Mvogo.
PSV returned to the game through Philipp Max. The German left-back shot after a little hour of play a free kick flawlessly hit: 1-2.
Marco van Ginkel
In the remaining half hour, PSV hunted the equalizer. In the final phase Marco van Ginkel was still in. After a lot of injury, the midfielder, rented from Chelsea, made playing minutes for the first time since 6 May 2018. But even with the eight-fold international within the lines, the equalizer remained out.
In fact, AZ attacker Calvin Stengs set the final position at 1-3 in the final minute with a shot changed by PSV defender Jordan Teze.
Denzel Dumfries did not look for excuses after the defeat of his PSV against AZ.
“We have done far too little,” he said at ESPN. “We have also rightly lost.”
“ Especially in the first half the PSV was unworthy of what we showed,” said the rightback. “We put far too little energy into the competition and lost far too many balls. We just weren‘t sharp. AZ then has enough qualities to punish this.”
According to Dumfries, PSV’s weak game had nothing to do with Sunday‘s heavy duel with Ajax (2-2). “I don’t think so,” he said. “All teams play a lot of matches in a short time. That shouldn‘t be an excuse. We have all expressed our wish to be champion. We didn’t show that in this game. It was way too weak. Especially for rest.”
Pascal Jansen was a happy trainer after the victory of his AZ. “We want to live up to our ambitions and then you have to win these competitions,” said AZ coach at ESPN.
“ You know the ambitions of the club,” said Jansen, who saw his team take the fifth position of the Eredivisie firmly in his hands. “We want to be in the top four. We have a view of that now. But there‘s more in it, and that’s what we‘re going for. There are more big games coming. Let this be a good signal for the rest of the month.”
Stengs will see his team compete for the title this season. “I think a lot of people initially thought that we had already given away too many points. But I think we’re going to be in anyway.”
Check out the stand in the Eredivisie here.