PSV late show stuns Rosenborg
By Mark Kendall. Last Updated: 20/10/04 7:51pm
PSV left it late to snatch a 2-1 victory against Rosenborg that sends them to the top of Group E.
John de Jong was PSV's hero, pouncing four minutes from time to seal a crucial victory.
It was Rosenborg's first European defeat at home in seven outings, and all but ends their hopes of qualification.
The hosts could have moved ahead on 12 minutes when a right-wing corner fell to Roar Strand whose miscued volley went invitingly close to Frode Johnsen, but the striker chose to leave the ball and it rolled out for a goal-kick.
De Jong then had a chance but after cutting on to his right foot dragged a shot wide of the target from 15 yards.
PSV did open the scoring on 26 minutes with a devastatingly simple move. After picking the ball up midway in the Rosenborg half, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink slid in Jefferson Farfan with a precise slide-rule pass and the Peruvian comfortably beat Espen Johnsen from the edge of the box.
Unsurprisngly, Rosenborg's best route back into the game always seemed to be via the direct route and, after latching on to a flick-on, Oyvind Storflor burst into the box but sent his left-foot shot over from an acute angle.
However, the Norwegian champions levelled four minutes before the break with a superbly crafted goal.
After neat work in midfield from Strand, Stale Stensaas was played in down the left by Erik Hoftun and pulled back a delightful cross that Storflor dispatched with a precise near-post header to become 1000th different scorer in UEFA Champions League history.
Storflor could have bagged his second just moments later, but shot over after a sharp turn had created a half-chance following a long throw.
The hosts continued where they left off before the interval and had the better of the opening exchanges of the second half - Hoftun should have done better with a far post header from a Storflor free kick.
But Espen Johnsen was forced to produce a superb save to keep his side on level terms just before the hour mark when he tipped a deflected Farfan free kick over the bar for a corner.
Moments later de Jong went close but got just too much on his chip over Johnsen which landed the wrong side of the bar.
Both sides had chances to clinch maximum points, but the game seemed to be heading towards a stalemate.
However, with four minutes remaining the visitors silenced the home fans, Venegoor of Hesselink rose to knock down a long ball into the path of de Jong, and the midfielder controlled neatly before rifling home a low volley from 12 yards.
There was still time for Ji-Sung Park to receive his marching orders after picking up his second booking for a dive, while Harald Brattbakk flashed header wide with virtually the last action of the game.
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|Rosenborg||Team Statistics||PSV Eindhoven|
|1||1st Half Goals||1|
|1||Shots on Target||4|
|10||Shots off Target||5|
UEFA Champions League
Wed 20th Oct - Group E
Panathinaikos2 - 2Arsenal
Rosenborg1 - 2PSV
Wed 20th Oct - Group G
Anderlecht1 - 2W Bremen
Valencia1 - 5Inter
Wed 20th Oct - Group F
AC Milan1 - 0Barcelona
Shak Donetsk3 - 0Celtic
Wed 20th Oct - Group H
Chelsea2 - 0CSKA Mosc
PSG2 - 0FC Porto
UEFA Champions League Group A
UEFA Champions League Group B
UEFA Champions League Group C
|1||Paris St Germain||6||13|
UEFA Champions League Group D
|3||FC Viktoria Plzen||6||3|
UEFA Champions League Group E
|4||FC Steaua Bucuresti||6||3|
UEFA Champions League Group F
UEFA Champions League Group G
|2||Zenit St. Petersburg||6||6|
UEFA Champions League Group H