PSV Eindhoven’s Surinam international JEREMAIN LENS (9), an off-season arrival from AZ 67 Alkmaar, is pursued by Brazilian defender FININHO of Metalist Kharkiv at the Oblast Sports Complex “Metalist” in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (Reuters photo)
UEFA Europa League
0 – FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)
2 – PSV Eindhoven (HOL) ———— Dzsudzsak pen 27′, Berg 30′
With both sides forced to endure heavy rains, two goals and an expulsion inside the first half hour was enough for visiting Dutch club PSV EINDHOVEN to inflict a 2-0 defeat on host FC METALIST KHARKIV in Group I of the UEFA Europa League.
Metalist Kharkiv’s Argentina international defender CRISTIAN VILLAGRA was shown the straight red card in the 26th minute after taking down Sweden international attacker OLA TOIVONEN inside the penalty area; Hungary international winger BALAZS DZSUDZSAK dispatched the resulting spot kick for his fourth goal in Europe this term and a 1-0 PSV Eindhoven lead.
Within three minutes, PSV Eindhoven doubled their advantage when the precision pass of ERIK PIETERS allowed Sweden international striker MARCUS BERG to shoot past Metalist Kharkiv’s Serbia international goalkeeper VLADIMIR DISLJENOVIC.
Matters might have been even worse in the first half had the shot of Toivonen not struck the crossbar.
From there on out, the visitiors were content for the most part to defend and limited Metalist Kharkiv to a scant five shots at goal for the game – Sweden international goalkeeper ANDREAS ISAKSSON needed to make just two saves in the match for PSV Eindhoven.
Sweden international midfielder OLA TOIVONEN of PSV Eindhoven battles both the elements and the challenge of Metalist Kharkiv’s Brazilian defender FININHO (15) at the Metalist Stadium. (Reuters photo)
FC METALIST KHARKIV : Disljenovic ; Villagra, Obradovic, Gueye, Romanchuk ; Fininho, Shelayev, Edmar, Valyayev (Kaita 46′) ; Taison, Vorobey (Oliynyk 31′, Postupalenko 82′)
PSV EINDHOVEN : Isaksson ; Pieters, Marcelo, Bouma (Rodriguez 65′), Hutchinson ; Engelaar, Afellay (Bakkal 83′), Toivonen ; Dzsudzsak (Amrabat 75′), Berg, Lens
Metalist Kharkiv’s Serbia international goalkeeper VLADIMIR DISLJENOVIC collects the ball ahead of Senegalese defender PAPA GUEYE (left) and PSV Eindhoven’s Sweden international striker MARCUS BERG at the Metalist Stadium. (Reuters photo)
Serbia international goalkeeper VLADIMIR DISLJENKOVIC of Metalist Kharkiv stares back at the ball after being beaten in the 30th minute by PSV Eindhoven’s Sweden international striker MARCUS BERG (center) as Hungary international winger BALAZS DZSUDZSAK, who also put a ball past Disljenkovic for a goal in the match, watches at the waterlogged Oblast Sports Complex “Metalist” in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)