Sampdoria defender MASSIMO VOLTA (26) attempts to snuff out shot of Hungary international attacker and last-minute goal-scorer BALAZS DZSUDSZAK of PSV Eindhoven (22) at the Philips Stadion in the Netherlands. (Pics United photo)
UEFA Europa League
1 – PSV Eindhoven (HOL) ——— Dzsudzsak 90′
1 – Sampdoria Genoa (ITA) —— Cacciatore 25′
A deserved goal in the final minute earned PSV EINDHOVEN a 1-1 draw and a share of the points with visiting Italian Serie A side SAMPDORIA GENOA in the opening round of Group I play for the UEFA Europa League.
PSV Eindhoven piled up a 16-1 advantage in shots at goal but were stifled by Sampdoria goalkeeper GIANLUCA CURCI, the off-season arrival from AC Siena who made eight saves in the match.
Sampdoria scored with that only attempt at goal, however, when defender FABRIZIO CACCIATORE headed home a cross from Hungary international midfielder VLADIMIR KOMAN in the 25th minute.
Holland World Cup reserve midfielder IBRAHIM AFELLAY rocked the Sampdoria goalpost in the 70th minute, but PSV Eindhoven would have to wait until the last sixty seconds of regulation time for Hungary international forward BALAZS DZSUDZSAK to collect a loose ball on the edge of the box and beat Curci for the equalizer.
PSV EINDHOVEN : Isaksson ; Pieters, Marcelo, Bouma, Hutchinson, ; Engelaar, Afellay, Toivonen (Reis 84′) ; Lens (Amrabat 80′), Berg (Koevermans 75′), Dzsudszak
SAMPDORIA GENOA : Curci ; Cacciatore, Ziegler, Gastaldello, Volta ; Koman (Dessena 80′), Semioli (Padalino 68′), Mannini, Palombo ; Cassano, Marilungo (Guberti 87′)
Sweden international attacker OLA TOIVONEN of PSV Eindhoven heads the ball ahead of Sampdoria Genoa forward GUIDO MARILUNGO (89) and goalkeeper GIANLUCA CURCI as club captain and Italy World Cup midfielder ANGELO PALOMBO (11) guards the near post at the Philips Stadion in the Netherlands. (Reuters photo)