PSV edge out CSKA
PSV claim 2-1 win over Russian visitors
By Robin Hackett. Last Updated: 19/09/07 10:49pm
PSV: Lazovic goal
PSV Eindhoven took all three points at home to CSKA Moscow thanks to two excellent second-half goals.
Ronald Koeman's men looked distinctly below par in a disappointing first half, but came through to take a two-goal lead through Danko Lazovic and Kenneth Perez.
A late consolation goal from Vagner Love was not enough for CSKA, who had failed to threaten Heurelho Gomes' goal often enough.
From the off, the game was balanced, with plenty of neat passing and nice touches but little in the way of genuine chances. CSKA arguably made the most headway, but the closest either side came to a meaningful attack in the opening 15 or 20 minutes was PSV defender Manuel da Costa's high-footed kick to Yuri Zhirkov's face.
Increasingly, though, CSKA picked holes in the PSV defence, with Brazilian strike duo Jo and Vagner Love constantly menacing the Dutch side, but it was PSV who came closest to opening the scoring when Danko Lazovic raced away down the left and tried to slip the ball home just before the half-hour mark. A scramble followed, but PSV were just unable to take advantage and the ball eventually found its way over the bar.
Again, in the 42nd minute, PSV - now firmly in the ascendancy - looked to have done enough to open the scoring, but Lazovic's brilliant cross was headed just wide by Danny Koevermans. Two minutes later, CSKA repeated the trick, with a brilliant Milos Krasic run and cross resulting in Jo heading the ball inexplicably wide, and so the first-half ended goalless.
In the second half, PSV looked reborn. Ronald Koeman no doubt had harsh words for his team during the break, and all of a sudden the hosts looked purposeful.
But, again and again, the chances were spurned. Koevermans was still unable to head the ball in from a yard away, and Lazovic found the same problem minutes later.
However, 59 minutes in, Lazovic finally made a chance count as he stroked the ball calmly beyond the helpless Veniamin Mandrykin following a neat first touch to make it 1-0, and it was no more than the hosts deserved.
From there on, CSKA came back into it, with several players going close but none able to force PSV keeper Gomes into action.
And PSV punished them in the 80th minute when substitute Kenneth Perez - on as a first-half substitute for the injured Ibrahim Afellay - struck the ball home magnificently from the edge of the area.
Vagner Love pulled one back in the 89th minute when he rounded the keeper to slot home, but it was to no avail.
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