VSC Debrecen 1 – PSV Eindhoven 2


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Canada national team midfielder ATIBA HUTCHINSON (13) of PSV Eindhoven, who netted a goal in a friendly against Ukraine during the most recent international break, pulls away from VSC Debrecen midfielder PETER SZAKALY (55) at the Puskas Ferenc Stadion in Budapest, Hungary. (Atilla Kisbendek/AFP/Getty Images)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
10/21/2010

1 – VSC Debrecen (HUN) ————– Mijadinoski 35′
2 – PSV Eindhoven (HOL) ————- Engelaar 40′, Reis 66′

A goal on each side of the halftime whistle enabled visiting Dutch side PSV EINDHOVEN to achieve a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over VSC Debrecen and take control of Group I in the UEFA Europa League.

The home team took the lead ten minutes before halftime when club captain PETER CZVITKOVICS’ free kick was not cleared properly by PSV Eindhoven’s Brazilian defender MARCELO and VSC Debrecen’s Macedonian central defender MIRSAD MIJADINOSKI was on hand to sweep the ball into the net from close range in front.

The visitors struck back within the next five minutes, however. Sweden international striker MARCUS BERG started the move by playing a handsome back heel ball for Holland international ORLANDO ENGELAAR to run onto. The 31-year old midfielder, who signed for the Boeren in the summer of 2009 after a season in Germany with Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen, beat a defender with a deft touch and cooly clipped the ball over advancing VSC Debrecen’s Lithuania international goalkeeper MINDAUGAS MALINAUSKAS to equalize for PSV Eindhoven.

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Sweden international goalkeeper ANDERAS ISAKSSON goes down to gather the ball as VSC Debrecen midfielder PETER SZAKALY sails over top of the PSV Eindhoven netminder at the Puskas Ferenc Stadion. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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The 1988 European Cup champion, who enjoyed a 14-6 edge in shots-at-goal for the game, really began to apply pressure in the second half and only three saves from Malinauskas, including a full-stretch stop from one-time VSC Debrecen-turned-PSV Eindhoven winger BALAZS DZSUDZSAK kept the score level.

PSV Eindhoven, unbeaten with two wins after three rounds in Group I of the UEFA Europa League, went ahead for good in the 66th minute when veteran Holland international defender WILFRED BOUMA, the off-season arrival from English Premier League club Aston Villa, floated a long ball from the left that Brazilian striker JONATHAN REIS managed to get the slightest of touches with the back of his head and steer into the far corner for what proved to be the match decider.

A sweet result then for Reis, the second half substitute who was kicked off the PSV Eindhoven squad and had his contract canceled after testing positive for a banned substance then refusing the club’s offer to help with drug addiction treatment late last January; the 21-year-old striker was given a second chance by the Dutch club and signed a new contract with the Rood-witten this summer.

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VSC Debrecen’s club captain, Hungary international midfielder PETER CZVITKOVICS (7), the former long-time FC MTK Hungaria player, attempts to shield the ball from PSV Eindhoven’s Sweden international MARCUS BERG, the striker on loan for the season from German side SV Hamburg who set up the equalizer with an excellent back heel, at the Puskas Ferenc Stadion. (Attila Kisbendek/AFP/Getty Images)
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VSC DEBRECEN : Malinauskas ; Fodor, Simac, Mijadinoski, Nagy ; Szakaly (Rezes 71′), Kiss, Varga, Czvitkovics ; Mbengono (Bodi 66′), Coulibaly

PSV EINDHOVEN : Isaksson ; Hutchinson, Bouma, Marcelo, Pieters ; Engelaar, Toivonen (Bakkal 84′), Afellay ; Berg (Reis 46′), Lens, Dzsudzsak

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Macedonian defender MIRSAD MIJADINOSKI (center) sends home side VSC Debrecen to the lead against visitng Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in the 35th minute under the floodlights at the Puskas Ferenc Stadion in the Pest section of the city. (Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)
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With mostly empty seats behind the goal in the background, Hungary international winger BALAZS DZSUDZSAK (22) of PSV Eindhoven blasts a free kick into the wall set by his former club team, VSC Debrecen, at the Puskas Ferenc Stadion in the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. (Attila Kisbendek/AFP/Getty Images)

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