PSV seemed dead and buried, but in a swirling Philips Stadium, AS Monaco was still defeated in the extension (3-2). VoetbalScoop draws six conclusions after an immersive evening in Eindhoven.
The Miracle of EindhovenHow PSV survived this evening, Joost knows. The people of Eindhoven played substandard and were fooled by the dominant AS Monaco in large parts of the match, but the result was not an inglorious elimination. No, trainer Ruud van Nistelrooij‘s unyielding team showed character, scored in overtime and keeps track of the big goal: the group phase of the Champions League.
The head of Luuk de JongHe may be the best leader in Europe, but for 199 minutes, the Monaco defenders did not give him any chance to show his specialty. On Tuesday evening, De Jong’s head was worth gold for PSV for the first time since his return. So, so important.
Twelfth Man It may be a cliché, but the twelfth man dragged PSV through it. The European atmosphere at the Philips Stadium remained, even when Monaco got ahead and it was shaking and sweating. The huge joy explosion after the final whistle will not soon forget the players on the field and the ecstatic supporters in the stands.
Not a good evening for TilThe big dissonant was, just like last week, Guus Til. The attacking midfielder fell short on all fronts, got to see many corners of the field and was released from his misery in the second half. PSV is well in the midfielders, so Til will have to worry.
Millions for PSVThe victory rings the box office in Eindhoven: PSV earns five million euros by reaching the playoffs and has a chance to win the jackpot of 35 million euros, which falls when the main tournament of the Champions League is reached.
Next up: Rangers FTo get hold of the coveted Champions League, PSV must deal with Rangers FC (Tuesday 16 August in Glasgow, Wednesday 24 August in Eindhoven). On Tuesday evening, the losing Europa League finalist, led by Giovanni van Bronckhorst, turned a 0-2 gap from the first game on his own Ibrox and got rid of the Belgian stunt team Union Saint-Gilles 3-0. In 2010, Rangers was last active in the Champions League.