After a draw with Leicester City, PSV Eindhoven still have plenty of possibilities to reach the Conference League semi-finals, and it was 0-0 in England on Thursday. Eindhoven residents have survived a difficult first half and can get the job done at home next week.
To make up for the difference in individual qualities, PSV Eindhoven had to play at the top of their game as a team, as coach Roger Schmidt had predicted. As expected, German Yvonne Mfugo picked under the bar, Joel Drumel was put on the bench after his poor performance against FC Twente. The Swiss were clever, especially with a few high balls.
Eindhoven has already started the whole match. The fun atmosphere at the out-of-all-out King Power Stadium helped: Just two minutes later, Joey Veerman made a stab at Mario Götze, who avoided offside and hit goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from close range.
lack of dexterity
Then it was up to Leicester, who distributed a few pokes and got really dangerous in the 20th minute after Fermann lost the ball: Kelehi Iheanacho only missed Mfugo’s goal. The Foxes are already putting a lot of pressure on Eindhoven, which can hardly come up with an answer. The spaces were there, but the finesse on the ball was missing.
Leicester City fared better, the Premier League No. 10 was very close to 1-0 at the end of the first half, but Harvey Barnes hit the crossbar after an impressive mixture.
Remember the penalty
PSV Eindhoven held on at home and shortly after the break the team had more opportunity: after 52 minutes Cody Jakbo was eliminated in the 16th minute, a clean penalty kick, but was cleared by the Slovak referee. The game continued due to the lack of a VAR. Much to Schmidt’s horror.
After the penalty moment, nothing else happened at the start, Leicester City insisted a little more, but it’s not really dangerous anymore. Also because PSV slows down regularly. So it remains at 0-0 and PSV still has every chance to continue next week.
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