After a draw against Ajax (2-2) and a painful home defeat against AZ (1-3), PSV has won its first victory of 2021. In a match full of goals and missed opportunities, Eindhoven’s team eventually won a 3-5 win at Sparta. In the snow at Het Kasteel, trainer Roger Schmidt saved some fixed values, namely captain Denzel Dumfries and top scorer Donyell Malen. PSV got off to a bad start with them on the bench. Pablo Rosario lost the ball in his own half with a very sloppy pass. Bryan Smeets was able to steam freely and smashed the ball into the intersection without any problems.
PSV by no means convincing
Also, in the rest of the first twenty minutes, PSV could not convince. Mauro Júnior’s equalizer actually came out of the blue. Noni Madueke gave in and the Brazilian popped up freely to nod the ball in. A few minutes later, there was another setback for Sparta, when Smeets had to go to the dressing room after a slide on the slippery field. Cody Gakpo also did not finish the first half, although that seemed to have less to do with the lousy turf. Malen was his replacement.
Two goals in three minutes
PSV ended the first half as the parent party but did not come up with very significant opportunities. After the break, it was different. After less than a minute and a half, this time Rosario gave a chance introductory pass for his own team and Malen rounded off beautifully. A half minutes later Madueke remained calm to sign for 1-3 after a right cross from Jordan Teze.
Fifteen minutes later, Sparta had a good chance of the tying goal. In the field, Reda Kharchouch went up to Yvon Mvogo and then shot into the Swiss goalie. Halfway through the second half, Philipp Max, who also hit goal against AZ midweek, decided the game. With his weak right, the German left-back surprised goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, who should have had the bet.