PSV has seized the lead in the Eredivisie. Coach Roger Schmidt’s formation won on Sunday, partly thanks to a goal from debutant Mario Götze 0-3 at PEC Zwolle.
Götze adds an opening goal to debut
Götze, who was attracted by PSV on a free transfer almost two weeks ago, had a dream debut by opening the score in the ninth minute. Nine minutes later, Cody Gakpo doubled the margin for the Eindhoven team.
After half an hour, Reza Ghoochannejhad had the perfect chance to win the connection goal from PEC, but he missed a penalty. Donyell Malen extended the lead of the visitors before the break, after which the second half hardly produced any more spectacle.
PSV had to do without Eran Zahavi and Jordan Teze. The attacker and the defender were tested positive for the corona virus this week.
Thanks to the victory, PSV is in the lead in the Eredivisie with thirteen points from five games. The lead on number two Ajax and number three Vitesse is one point. PEC can be found in the middle bracket with four points from four duels.
The victory in Zwolle meant a good dress for PSV for the Europa League match against Granada next Thursday, the first game in the group stage.
Mario Götze cheers after the 1-0 for PSV. (Photo: Pro Shots)
PSV got off to a great start in the MAC³PARK stadium and Götze immediately found the net at the first big chance. The German midfielder intercepted a bizarre return pass from Clint Leemans, outplayed goalkeeper Michael Zetterer and shoved the ball in.
In the eighteenth minute, Gakpo signed for the second goal of the Eindhoven team. The attacker simply completed a pass from Philipp Max from the left.
PEC was not upset by the two early goals against and went on the hunt for the 1-2. Goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo, however, prevented the home team from getting back into the game. First he saved on a header from Jesper Drost and then he turned a moderate penalty shot by Ghoochannejhad, who was knocked down by Timo Baumgartl.
PSV did manage to increase the lead six minutes before half time. Malen was served by Mauro Júnior and placed the ball in the right corner from the edge of the box.