PSV has lost the first battle in its Europa League diptych with Olympiakos Piraeus and still has to go to jail to make it to the last sixteen. While Eran Zahavi helped PSV with two extremely important off goals in Greece, Roger Schmidts team had to take four hits: 4-2.
PSV was able to have Mario Götze again and had to deal with Brumas rented million-dollar purchase. After nine matches the ban was already broken by Olympiakos: captain Andreas Bouchalakis headed a beautifully carved free kick from Mathieu Valbuena past Yvon Mvogo. However, PSVs response was not long in coming. After fifteen minutes of playing it was already 1-1 via Zahavi: the Israeli striker skilfully cut himself free, tried it from a distance and saw the ball roll against the ropes with luck.
At stroke of rest it suddenly went very fast: from 2-1 via 2-2 to 3-2 in eight minutes time. Olivier Boscagli was treated outside the lines to a head wound and Yann MVila scored promptly from distance. This time PSV answered after two minutes: Zahavi put his head against a corner of Philipp Max and surprised goalkeeper José Sá. However, Olympiakos had the last word before the tea was poured in. Boscaglis substitute Timo Baumgartl was simply tricked by Youssef El-Arabi, who then changed Mvogo: 3-2.
It even became almost 4-2 for rest, after another mistake by Baumgartl: PSV was spared. In the second half the goals went less hard, although Zahavi was close to a third hit shortly after rest: however, the pole prevented that. After Ibrahim Sangaré escaped a second yellow card — the Ivorian was suspended for the return in Eindhoven — it was the home team that suddenly pushed through in the final phase. Giorgos Masouras got the ball for his feet after carelessly defending Max and printed inexorably: 4-2.
It was a big line through the account for PSV, which until then still had plenty of perspective for the return. On 25 February there will have to be scored at least twice in the Philips Stadium.