Saturday, March 10, 2018

Willem II 5 vs 0 PSV Eindhoven: Champions-elect suffer shocking loss

Eredivisie league leaders, PSV Eindhoven suffered a surprising defeat at the hands of relegation candidates, Willem II, a game which ended 5-0 in favor of the home side. The league leaders, managed by Philip Cocu are 10 points clear at the top of the table and were expected to roll over the smaller club, though the home team showed that they wanted it more. The Tilburg outfit opened the scoring in the 21st minute through Ben Rienstra before Francisco Soler dented any hope of a comeback in the 59th
minute with a well-taken effort.

Two soon became three when Soler converted a 70th minute penalty and Rienstra added his second to make it 4-0. PSV's misery was complete when Derrick Luckassen conceded a 90th-minute penalty and was shown a second yellow card, with Soler completing his hat-trick. The result was the Eindhoven side’s heaviest defeat in 64 years and only their third of this season. Despite boasting the likes of

Vilhena, Van Ginkel and Bergwijn, PSV surprisingly appeared lackluster, offering none of the quality that has seen them tipped for a third time in just 4 years.

Despite looking odds-on to win the title at the end of the season, PSV must be very careful not to lose it by underrating their opponents. The game at the Koning Willem II stadion was a timely reminder to PSV that the title is not sealed and that they cannot afford to put their feet off the pedal. Despite boasting a better ball possession of around 53%, the Cocu-led side failed to make their dominance count, having just three shots on target in the entire game.

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