Mexico World Cup defender FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ (4) of PSV Eindhoven and FC Metalist Kharkov midfielder SERGEI PSHENYCHNYKH (17) jockey for position in the battle for the ball near the touchline at the Philips Stadion in the Netherlands. (Peter De Jong/AP)
UEFA Europa League
0 – PSV Eindhoven (HOL)
0 – FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)
A goalless draw in the final game of the stage with visiting Ukranian side FC METALIST KHARKIV was more than enough for Dutch club PSV EINDHOVEN to clinch first in Group I of the UEFA Europa League.
One-time Brazil U-20 international goalkeeper CASSIO RAMOS, who has been on the books at PSV the past four seasons but has appeared in exactly two Dutch Eredivisie games for Eindhoven thus far in his career, got the start between the sticks in place of Sweden international ANDREAS ISAKSSON and stopped six shots to keep the sheet clean for the home side.
With the club already qualified for the knockout round of 32 for this coming spring, PSV Eindhoven manager FRED RUTTEN also used to occasion to give a senior debut to 20-year-old fullback ABEL TAMATA.
PSV EINDHOVEN : Cassio ; Tamata, Marcelo, Rodriguez, Pieters (Vukovic 46′) ; Bakkal, Afellay (Dzsudzsak 90+1′), Wuytens ; Lens, Berg, Amrabat (Toivonen 68′)
FC METALIST KHARKIV : Startsev ; Villagra, Obradovic, Gueye, Bordian (Vorobey 61′) ; Pshenychnykh, Shelayev, Edmar (Lysenko 81′), Cleiton Xavier ; Taison, Oliynyk
Ukraine international goalkeeper MAXIM STARTSEV of FC Metalist Kharkiv comes sliding out to bravely take the ball at the feet of PSV Eindhoven’s Holland international striker JERMAIN LENS, the summer signing from AZ 67 Alkmaar, at the Philips Stadion in the Netherlands. (Peter De Jong/AP)